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Get to know your Onions

Onions, I love them raw or cooked and I would never dream of a day without them – they are a staple in my kitchen. An onion is at the heart of every good meal, I say. And salad. And soup. And onion bhajis.

About onions

Onions belong to the Allium family and are related to […]

By |November 13th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

No Cream All-in-One Fish Pie

Got some fish that needs using up? Cod, salmon, hake or prawns in the depths of the freezer…

This is a quick and easy fish pie that has copious amounts of vegetables too.

Boil potato and sweet potato together with a garlic clove and a big pinch turmeric for the mash topping. When mashing add butter […]

By |November 10th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Purple is the New Orange | Purple Carrots

In Málaga province the village of Cuevas Bajas (population 1,600) has a fiesta celebrating the purple carrot – La Fiesta de la Zanahoria Morá. It is around the first week of December and it is a unique celebration of purple carrots.

The unique colour of purple carrots reflects their health giving properties which includes vitamin […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Palak Soup | Spinach Soup

A large bunch of fresh spinach winked at me in Francisco’s fruit and veg shop today. He told me that it had been picked earlier this morning and by the look of the fresh soil on the roots I did not doubt him.

So Palak soup it is.

½ onion, peeled and chopped
1 large green tomato, […]

By |November 5th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Chicken Crown with Ethiopian Berberé Spice

The crown is essentially the two breasts still on the ribcage with the legs and wings removed. Cooking meat with bone-in gives moister results, skin on and marinating helps too. This does all of those things.

One chicken crown
2 tablespoons Berberé spice
Olive oil
One carrot, peeled and diced
One small onion, peeled and diced
Small jar chick peas, […]

By |November 1st, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with Hot Mustard Sauce

In Vietnam these would be wrapped in rice paper but living in rural Andalucía we use lettuce instead although you could use tortilla wraps but for this I prefer the freshness of the lettuce.

8 small lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry with kitchen roll
16 cooked medium sized prawns, chopped
Handful roughly torn coriander leaves
1 large carrot, […]

By |October 30th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Jeera Chicken with Aloo Dum

It’s Saturday night and your team have lost. You need comforting but it’s not so easy to call for a takeaway in rural Andalucía so you have to get into the kitchen and create something to lift your spirits… Curry.

Jeera Chicken with Aloo Dum

One large chicken breast, skinned and cut into 1″ chunks
One large […]

By |October 25th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Asiático de Cerdo (Asian Pork)

I was wondering what to do with solomillo (pork tenderloin). Knowing I had an onion, carrot and a lot of spices I came up with this Friday night special that I served with a mash of potato, carrot and sweet potato (plus a few cloves of garlic).

Solomillo, sliced
One onion, peeled and sliced
Two carrots, peeled […]

By |October 24th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Slow Roast Lamb with Chickpea Mash

Autumn is on its way in this part of Andalucía even though it’s still warm during the day and when the weather cools it means it is time for slow roasted meat.

And as I have a leg of lamb from la Sierra de Málaga I intend to cook it for 3 or 4 hours.

First up is […]

By |October 24th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

One Pot Chicken and Leeks with Cider

Chicken + Leeks + Cider is a perfect combination, add a little red pepper and some good home-made chicken stock and you have a simple but great supper.

Chicken pieces, thighs, drumsticks and wings (seasoned with a little salt, black pepper, dried herbs and a pinch paprika)
Dry cider
Chicken stock
One large leek, sliced into thick pieces
1/2 […]

By |October 23rd, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|