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Andaluz Hotpot

It is not very often that I’ve seen lamb neck at the butchers here in rural Andalucía but there it was on display so I grabbed the lot. During the afternoon I was painting chairs on my roof terrace basking in 22°C sunshine but once the sun disappears behind the tree line it soon […]

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

The Ultimate Guide to Pasta

I am not Italian but a meal of home-made Minestrone Soup, and then a simple Spaghetti al Pesto followed by Osso Buco, made
lovingly by someone’s Nonna is my kind of heaven. Steve Albini once said, ‘In heaven, after antipasti, the first course will be pasta’ and I agree with that.

Pasta comes in different shapes, […]

By |November 16th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Chicken Curry with Potato & Peas

This is a quick and easy curry that can be knocked up in no time. This is destined for my freezer but when I am ready to defrost and heat through, I’ll add peas, a squeeze of lemon and fresh coriander.

6 chicken skinless, bone-in, thighs
3 small potatoes, halved
3 medium onions, chopped
2 tablespoon ginger & […]

By |October 17th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Fried Potatoes, Peppers & Leeks

This serves one or two as a side dish.

1 potato, sliced
Olive oil
2 small peppers, red, green, yellow or orange, sliced
1 small leeks, sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
Large pinch red chilli flakes
Pinch sea salt
Grind of black pepper

Add oil to a pan over medium heat, when the oil is shimmering add the peppers and leek.

Meanwhile, boil the […]

By |October 12th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Civil War, Sadness and Eden Hazard

I need a couple of books, The Spanish Civil War for Dummies and Catalonia:Independence for Dummies.

Jose, a FB friend of mine, kindly supplied an old photograph of a group of soldiers which included his great-grandfather, Jose Llopis Llopis, taken during The Civil War at the time of The Battle of the Ebro which dates […]

By |October 10th, 2017|Andalucia|3 Comments|

Meat Free Sunday Lunch

Sunday was a working day for me – working on my son’s new website, have a look –, see what you think. However, during my coffee breaks I made three vegetable dishes for my lunch which I actually ate in the evening whilst watching the football. I wasn’t planning on making curry hence […]

By |October 9th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Wild Rabbit with 20 Cloves Garlic and Rosemary

The hunting season is underway and my neighbour kindly donated a couple of wild rabbits to Casa Adora.

This is a really easy one pot, just make sure you find and remove any lead shot before cooking.

Serves: 2-4

2 wild rabbits, jointed

2 carrots, washed and sliced

1 onion, chopped

Couple rosemary sprigs

20 or so garlic cloves, unpeeled

Large glass […]

By |October 2nd, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Green Tea Panna Cotta

This makes 6.

Mix 100ml milk and one sachet gelatin powder. Set aside.

In a pan over medium heat pour in 500ml cream and 100g sugar. Bring to the boil under a watchful eye. Turn down the heat and pour in the milk and gelatin mix stirring until completely dissolved. Continue cooking for one minute, stirring […]

By |September 17th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop with Blistered Tomatoes and Capers

After visiting the dentist the other day I popped into the English butcher in Alcalá la Real and ordered some thick cut pork chops. I decided on a pork, mustard, cheese theme which is really simple to prepare and cook.

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop with Blistered Tomatoes and Capers

To prevent the chop from curling make […]

By |September 16th, 2017|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Salt & Pepper Spice Mix

I am currently preparing for friends coming for lunch next week. This quick and easy spice will make salt and pepper prawns a doddle to cook on the day.

Grind the following in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder.

1 tablespoon Chinese Sechuan peppercorns, lightly toasted
6 black peppercorns, lightly toasted
1 tablespoon celery salt
Large pinch chilli flakes

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