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The Curious Case of a Paring Knife and its Incredible Journey

If you can’t handle my long story then let me cut to the chase, and get to the point. That is supposed to be funny if you think about a knife.

Gustav Emil Ern produces quality hand crafted knives at their factory at Solingen (the city of blades) in Germany. I have a selection of […]

By |November 25th, 2019|Andalucia|5 Comments|

Mushroom and Pearl Barley Soup

A rainy day in Andalucía means two sulky dogs and a hearty soup to acknowledge autumn.

2l chicken stock*
Two handfuls pearl barley
Small handful dried mushrooms (re-hydrated)
Dozen white mushrooms, wiped and sliced
Onion, roughly chopped
Celery stick, chopped
Carrot, peeled and diced
Garlic clove, smashed
1T tomato purée
1T Dijon mustard
Parsley stalks, chopped
Parsley leaves
Salt and pepper

Fry the onion, carrot and celery in […]

By |November 22nd, 2019|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Crispy Sesame Chicken Wings

As you will know I usually buy a free range chicken every week which I joint. Over several weeks I will have accumulated a bunch of wings in my freezer and now it the time to do something with them.

Firstly, mix the sauce ingredients as below (quantity depends on number wings, in my case […]

By |November 21st, 2019|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Gong Bao Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry for One

This is a traditional Sichuan dish named after a man called Ding Baozhen (1820–1886), who was a Governor during the Qing dynasty. His official title was Gong Bao (Kung Pao), a palace guardian.

This doesn’t take long, in fact the preparation takes longer than the cooking process.

Make a stock by combining the below then set […]

By |November 21st, 2019|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Chuletas de Cerdo Braseado | Braised Pork Chops

When I get the chance I ask the butcher to slice me some thick chops as chuletas are usually too thin for my liking, they are great for a quick sear on the BBQ or planta but just don’t cut it like a thick juicy chop. However, on a rare rainy day in provincia […]

By |November 8th, 2019|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Roast Chicken Crown

I don’t have the income to buy organic chicken but I do buy free range pollo rural or pollo de corral which is yellow skinned to depict that it is cereal (corn) fed or it could just be that turmeric has been added to its diet. Hopefully, my chicken had a little more room […]

By |November 7th, 2019|Andalucia|1 Comment|

El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead or All Souls Day)

It may well be the day of the dead but it is a Friday.

In my previous life I would often pick up a Chinese takeaway on my way home at the end of the week even though in the back of my mind I knew full well that it would taste better sat down […]

By |November 6th, 2019|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Spot the Dog – A Sad Tale with Hopefully a Happy Ending

I know, I know, there are 000’s of abandoned dogs but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to do something about it, however little. In Spain most of the animal refuges are full to brimming.


This young dog turned up around mid-July in 2019 and made a home under a tree near my house. […]

By |October 13th, 2019|Andalucia|5 Comments|

Singapore Sling – An Over Rated Fancy Cocktail?

Everyone says that when in Singapore you must visit Raffles and try a Singapore Sling at their Long Bar. After Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, Singapore, by way of comparison, is very, very expensive so why blow your travelling budget on a gin?

Firstly, Raffles is a colonial-style luxury hotel named after a Brit, Sir Thomas […]

By |August 29th, 2019|Andalucia|10 Comments|

Steamed Mussels with Dry Cider, Leek and Chorizo

I’m currently on the Costa Blanca so it’s time for seafood.

500g mussels, cleaned and rinsed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Knob butter
2 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed and finely chopped
1 leek, washed and finely sliced
330ml dry cider
150g chorizo (picante if you prefer), sliced
Fresh coriander, chopped
Black peppercorns, crushed

Heat oil and butter in a larghe saucepan over medium […]

By |August 26th, 2018|Andalucia|0 Comments|