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Herbed Faux-tisserie Roast Chicken

If you do not own a rotisserie, like me, then simply roast it this way in your oven.

One chicken about 2kg
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon sea salt
One lemon, sliced in half
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1 leek, roughly chopped
1 celery stick, roughly chopped
Couple potatoes, quartered
Several […]

By |July 23rd, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Goan Xacuti Curry Paste

This is a fiery and vibrant paste suitable for meat, fish or vegetables.

8 tablespoons grated or desiccated coconut

8 dried Kashmiri chillies, broken

2 tablespoon coriander seeds

2″ cassia bark or cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

4 cloves

2 cardamom pods, slightly crushed

2 star anise

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 tablespoon white poppy seeds

6 garlic cloves, crushed

1 large […]

By |July 12th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Biryani Masala

3 tablespoons coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
3 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 tablespoon mace strands
15 green cardamom pods
3 black cardamon pods
8 dried bay leaves, crumbled
4 dried red chillies
5 3″ cinnamon sticks
1 small nutmeg
½ tablespoon black peppercorns

Toast all of the whole spices, except the bay leaves, individually making sure not to burn them.

Grind all of the spices […]

By |July 11th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Muhammara

This is a traditional hot dip originally from Syria and is easy to make at home. It’s fabulous spread on flatbread or pitta.

1 large roasted red pepper, skinned and de-seeded, roughly chopped
6 small spring onions, roughly sliced
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 garlic clove, smashed and chopped
1 teaspoon tomato purée
1 teaspoon […]

By |June 21st, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made 4-3-2-1 Spice Rub

Now that the BBQ season is well under way (well it is in sunny Spain) this rub will liven up a chicken cooked on your grill.

Simply combine:

4 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

Double or more the ingredients to make enough to use throughout the summer. It will keep for […]

By |June 18th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Tikka Masala Curry Paste

Tikka Masala is a tasty British-Indian favourite and this home-made version beats the store bought jar by a country mile.

2 cloves garlic, smashed
1″ piece fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons home-made garam masala
½ teaspoon black peppercorns, toasted, then ground
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 tablespoons tomato purée
2 fresh red […]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Blackened Cajun Tuna Steak

This is a quick and easy way to wake up your taste buds.

Firstly, heat up a griddle pan.

Meanwhile, mix one heaped teaspoon of Salsas y Especias Cajun Blackening Rub with olive oil then coat the steak with the mixture.

When the griddle is smoking hot carefully place the steak onto it. Cook for 3 minutes […]

By |April 7th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Roasted Cherry Tomato Tart with Balsamic Onions & Wild Asparagus

Puff pastry in the freezer is a great standby to provide a carrier for things that need using up, just like this.

Ready made puff pastry
A handful cherry tomatoes
Bunch wild asparagus
Mozzarella ball
Garlic cloves
Big splash Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Dried oregano
Black pepper

Chop the tomatoes in half and slow roast, cut side up, with a couple of cloves of […]

By |April 2nd, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-made Celery Salt

Make this at home as the commercially produced version will probably contain a preservative (sodium nitrate) and an anti caking agent (silicon dioxide or calcium silicate) but all you’ll need is just two simple and natural ingredients.

Leaves from one bunch celery
Maldon sea salt or other flaky sea salt

Wash and dry the leaves thoroughly then […]

By |April 1st, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Chicken, Salsa Verde and Farfalle

1 tablespoon olive oil
250g skinless chicken breast,thinly sliced
200g dried farfalle or pasta of choice
For the salsa verde:
Bunch rocket, chopped
Bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Bunch fresh coriander, chopped
1 tablespoon drained baby capers, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled, crushed and finely chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 bird’s eye chilli, deseeded, thinly sliced
Extra-virgin olive oil
Black […]

By |April 1st, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|