The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 2 – Kangaroo Biltong – Work In Progress

I may have set my hopes a little too high with this one.  I have fond memories of Biltong and I must say that while the result of Round 2 – Kangaroo Biltong is very edible and will most certainly be gone by the end of tomorrow, it’s just Continue reading

The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 2 – Kangaroo Biltong

After the surprisingly tasty success of Round 1, I’m going to attempt to make one of my favourite foods this week – Biltong.  I’m using kangaroo because it’s really lean (fatty meat makes for rancid jerky) and I can easily get it in fillets rather than steaks, so I can make nice long strips hopefully akin to the Biltong sticks I’ve purchased from South African grocers.  Next time I’d like to try using lamb back-strap for the same reasons.

I’m using this recipe as a guide, but with coconut sugar instead of brown sugar.  As I’m only using 300g of meat (I’m keeping this to small quantities until I’m confident I can consistently turn out a good jerky) I’ve used the following quantities for the dry rub: Continue reading

The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 1 – WINNER!

I did it! I made jerky!

It was a little touch and go there for a while.  As per my earlier post, forgetting to cut up the meat before marinating was the first hiccup.  Having NO idea how my dehydrator would work was another potential problem, but IT’S ALL OK! I HAVE JERKY!  AND IT TASTES GOOD! Continue reading

The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 1

Today is the day I attempt to make jerky for the first time.  Well, technically I started yesterday armed with my copy of “Just Jerky, The Complete Guide to Making It”. I began with step 1 – marinating the beef strips.  How card could it be?  Oh wait; that says strips doesn’t it?  Continue reading

What It Means To Be You

A former lecturer of mine is an expert on brand management.  One of his key teachings was to be able to describe your brand position (i.e. what you want your brand to be/represent) in three words – no more, no less.  Don’t be tempted to increase it to 4 or 5 or more – 3 forces you to decide what is most important.  While it may seem odd to extrapolate his wisdoms on brand management to a personal level, I find it quite useful to think in these terms.  Our identity is our brand – we represent ourselves – so our ‘brand position’ is who/what we want to be.   Continue reading

Resolutions & Goal Setting

As we are not too far into the start of a new year, a common topic of conversation is resolutions and it was a resolution made towards the end of last year that got me writing this in the first place.  To be honest, I generally hate the kind you make on New Year’s Eve – they often involve alcohol (i.e. the giving up or lessening consumption of) but they tend to last only as long as the next function you attend where your friends/colleagues are drinking  and all your good intentions fly out the window. Continue reading