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Cutting onions makes me cry (sometimes)…

Peeling, cutting, chopping, slicing raw onion releases an enzyme and amino acid which creates an irritant that burns and makes your eyes water.If this is a problem for you then try peeling an onion under running water, chilling them in your refrigerator, use a sharp knife (cutting rather than crushing), wearing goggles helps but […]

Who mentioned sausages?

And I don’t mean Androlla, Botifarra, Botillo, Chorizo, Embutido, Fuet, Longaniza, Morcón, Sobrassada or any other variety of Spanish sausage.I was chatting with my friend Paulina in England last week. She told me that it was raining, cold and her central heating was on and that she had a scarf around her neck, I […]

By |September 16th, 2013|Andalucia|2 Comments|

Mauritian Goat Curry

Goat meat is not easy to source in rural Andalucía unlike Brixton or places in the Midlands, and notwithstanding the number of goat herds I have seen, it was still very surprising when I stumbled across it at Carrefour – I grabbed a leg, like you do. Cabrito, a word of Spanish origin, refers […]

Sometimes the oldies really are the best?

I was listening to my iTunes library on random selection recently when this popped up: Jools Holland’s ‘Hop the Wag’ which features Sam Brown, daughter of Joe Brown, remember him? Singing ‘The Way You Look Tonight’. It reminded me that even though I like today’s stuff, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, for example, […]

Aubergine Pizza:One for the kids

I got this idea from a link with Julia Child who brought French (and Mediterranean) cooking to Americans. She was born in 1912 and after WW2 studied and worked in France and became the USA’s Elizabeth David or Mrs Beeton. I have several of Elizabeth David’s books and she really made Britain aware of […]

The Cod has Come – Norway.

♫ ♪ ♫ “Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Dr John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I’m afraid of my life, I’ll go down in the soil
If me wife don’t stop drinking your cod liver oil.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ By Great Big Sea

By way of explanation The Cod has come is […]

Mashed bean cakes with onion and ginger marmalade

The star of this show is the marmalade, so easy to make and lasts for a few weeks in the fridge in an airtight jar. A knob grated fresh ginger2 medium onionsA large glug of olive oil 3 rosemary sprigs225 ml dry white wine3 tablespoons white wine vinegar2 tablespoons soft dark brown sugarSeasoningSlice the […]

Pan con tomate:Benefits of eating tomatoes

This is a great package. Breakfast, brunch, light lunch or canapés and is a wonderful taste of Spain. So simple and easy to prepare and once you’re in the habit of consuming this regularly then you are half way to your Mediterranean nirvana. There’s many ways to make and serve this recipe that is […]

They had Dennis the Menace but we had Beefy

One hot sleepy Sunday afternoon at my restaurant in rural France Dennis Lillee came in for lunch. Dennis is a former Australian cricketer rated as the “outstanding fast bowler of his generation”. Lillee was known for his fiery temperament, ‘never-say-die’ attitude and popularity with the fans. According to Wikipedia.

He sat outside with friends enjoying […]

Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory

Once, whilst channel hopping in a hotel in deepest Hertfordshire, I stumbled upon a re-run of Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory. For those that don’t know, Londoner William “Willie” George Harcourt-Cooze grew, imported and produced his own chocolate and Channel 4 made a fly-on-the-wall documentary about it.I found the programme fascinating and I soon learned to […]