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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|

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.

 

In […]

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|
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