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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|

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|