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Spicy Tuna Steak with Tamarind & Kashmiri Chillies

Make a paste by combining the following in a blitzer.

5 garlic cloves, peeled
5 dried Kashmiri chillies
3 cloves
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
12 black peppercorns
1″ piece fresh ginger
1 tablespoon tamarind
1 teaspoon cumin, ground
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Lemon juice, squeeze
Sea salt, big pinch

Marinate the steak in lemon juice and salt for 10 minutes.

Cover both sides […]

By |May 21st, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Balinese Spicy Paste

I came across a paste used in Bali to make Balinese Babi Guling, which is a roast pork recipe but I used it for goat.

4 shallots, peeled
2 lemongrass stalks
3 red chillies (your choice to leave the seeds in)
3 garlic cloves, peeled
Knob fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, crushed
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, crushed
3 kaffir lime leaves
1 […]

By |May 11th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

My Great Uncle Died at the Battle of Teba in 1330.


On the 25th August 1330 my great uncle, James Douglas, fell at the Battle of Teba near Malaga in Spain.

He was a son of Sir William ‘the Bold’ Douglas my 18th great grandfather.

Sir James ‘the Good’ Douglas was a knight and Lord of Galloway. He fought in several battles alongside Robert the Bruce including […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Meeting up with Asia Life Magazine in Ho Chi Minh City

If I haven’t been researching my family tree then I’ve been on an extended trip to Asia which is why my blogging has been quiet lately. I met up with Jonny Edbrooke and his team at Asia Life Magazine. Click the link to read the article.

By |March 8th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Baked Chicken Wings

1kg chicken wings, halved at the joint (keep the wing tips for a stock)

Make a marinade by combining the following:

1½ tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed and finely chopped
1½ tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoon hot sauce of choice
1 tablespoon tomato purée
3 tablespoons runny honey
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns

Add […]

By |October 28th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home Made Beer Mustard

I’ve made this before and it is probably my favourite. I play around with the mustard seed ratio but this one is 50/50.

135g yellow mustard seeds
135g black mustard seeds
250ml lager or beer
135ml apple cider vinegar
Pinch crushed chilli flakes
1 tablespoon runny honey
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon sea salt

In a bowl add the mustard seeds then […]

By |October 9th, 2016|Andalucia|1 Comment|

How to Make Home-Made Mustard

Mustard is made from black, brown or yellow mustard seeds and often a mixture. Yellow mustard seeds, sometimes referred to as white, are the mildest whilst black and brown seeds are the most pungent. The whole seeds are ground with water and vinegar plus optional flavourings, honey or herbs for example.

Mustard plants belong to […]

By |September 18th, 2016|Andalucia|4 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Xawaash (Somali Spice Mix)

This is spice mix that varies from region to region and is added to savoury dishes to produce a unique flavour. It works very well with cabrito (goat kid).

4 tablespoons cumin seeds
4 tablespoons coriander seeds
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon cinnamon bark
1 teaspoon cardamom pods
½ teaspoon cloves (whole)
1 tablespoon turmeric powder

Lightly toast all of the […]

By |August 30th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

General Tso’s Chicken (or Turkey)

Whilst watching the football on Saturday and drinking copious amounts of bottles of Cruzcampo it seemed like a good idea to use some of the fresh turkey that I had butchered the day before.

And having so many beers I was just very pleased that this dish tasted as great as it looked, I didn’t even […]

By |August 29th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Advieh

Advieh is an Iranian spice blend to flavour rice or meat dishes.

It is easy to make, simply lightly toast the whole spices, allow to cool then grind and blend all ingredients in a pestle and mortar.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground rose petals
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground cumin

Store in an […]

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