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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|

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|