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How to Make Home-Made Sumac Salad Dressing

Sumac is a dried berry of the sumac bush or small tree that grows in subtropical and temperate regions including the Mediterranean. I couldn’t source them here in Spain for love nor money so I purchased a couple of boxes from the UK. On the back of the packs it read: Produce of Spain.


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By |September 15th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

John Tristan Capet – A Crusader by Birth and Death

My 21st great-uncle had French parents but uniquely he was born and died during two separate Crusades in North Africa.

The Crusades were a series of military campaigns by Christian knights, backed by the serving Popes, against the Muslims of the Middle East and the conflicts lasted nearly 200 years.

John Tristan Capet had a relatively […]

By |September 3rd, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Gun Powder: How to Make Home-Made Malgapodi Powder

It maybe in the 40°C’s in rural Andalucía but that doesn’t stop me seeking heat in my cooking. In fact eating spicy foods actually helps you cool down!

This is a delicious mix made with lentils and fiery dry red chillies, often called Gun Powder. Use dry as you would garam masala or add oil or […]

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

Cóctel de Matador de Andalucía

I knew I’d find a use for my frozen pineapples cubes. I came up with my Andaluz version of Matador which is usually tequila-based but having bad memories of that evil stuff I went with vodka.

Fill a cocktail shaker with:

A good slug of vodka
2 pineapple ice cubes
Squeeze lime juice
Dash Angostura bitters

Give it a really […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Biber Salcasi: Turkish Hot Red Pepper Paste

Whilst looking for inspiration of different ways of serving up Bulgar wheat I came across a Turkish recipe, Kisir – Bulgar wheat salad which called for Biber Salcasi, so here’s how to make a wonderfully hot paste.

1 large red pepper
1 large red chillies, seeds removed
Good squeeze fresh lemon
Extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Baked Parmesan Vegetables

In a blender blitz some stale bread, Parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley and black pepper until you have breadcrumbs – sprinkle onto a plate.

Beat an egg in a bowl – season.

Cut your selected vegetables (courgettes and carrots) in chunky chip sizes. Dip them in the egg and then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture.

Place on […]

By |June 30th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Spicy Falafels, Goat’s Cheese & Salad Pittas

400g tin chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried
Garlic clove, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1⁄2 teaspoon harissa paste
2 tablespoons plain flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt

Put all of the above ingredients, except the oil, into a blender and pulse until fairly smooth.

Form into small patties with wet hands.

Fry in olive oil over medium heat […]

By |June 29th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Vegetable Pilau

Vegetables of choice, diced (mine – potato, cauliflower, carrot and green beans)

125g Basmati rice, rinsed and soaked for 30 minutes

1 tablespoon vegetable oil plus a knob of butter
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, grated
Knob fresh ginger, grated
1 green chilli, chopped
2 bay leaves
Small piece cassia bark
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
2 green […]

By |June 28th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Jerky Cauliflower Steak

One Cauliflower

Small bunch fresh coriander
Thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 red chilli, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 tablespoon olive oil
Knob of butter
½ tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon turmeric
Lemon juice (½ lemon)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat your oven to 180°C […]

By |June 28th, 2017|Andalucia|1 Comment|

National Vegetarian Week – I Missed It.

I missed National Vegetarian Week last month, not that I am a vegetarian because I am not, I love meat but because I wanted to make an effort to be more creative with vegetarian main courses for the benefit of several of my veggie friends. My goat’s cheese and caramelised onion tart always goes […]

By |June 27th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|