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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|

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|