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Sweet and Spicy Shepherd’s Pie

Using up the remainder of my leg of lamb I finely chopped the meat instead of mincing it. Adding spices really perks up this most comforting dish.

If you want to stop the mash sinking into the meat and juices then allow to cool in the fridge before adding the potato. However, since the alcohol […]

By |March 16th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Naam Prik Pao (Thai Chilli Sauce)

This is like a sweet and not too spicy chilli jam. Add it to soups, stir fries or even spread it on toast.

250ml vegetable oil
75g dried red chillies
½” piece tamarind broken off a block
20 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
5 shallots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons shrimp paste
2 tablespoons fish sauce
100g brown sugar

Mix the tamarind with 100ml […]

By |March 15th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Korean Style Pork Ribs

1kg sheet ribs, cut into two pieces
100ml soy sauce
100g brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
6 garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
2 onions, peeled and pulped in a blender
50ml runny honey
1 tablespoon tomato purée
1 tablespoon freshly ground black peppercorns
½ teaspoon turmeric
Sesame seeds
Fresh coriander

Make a marinade of […]

By |March 4th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Mango Chutney

When the price of a mango is on offer then it is time to snap a few up and make chutney. It is more and more difficult to find a supermarket version of mango chutney that has identifiable bits in it so here’s a proper recipe that you can easily make at home.

1kg mangoes, […]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Baked Pork Ribs

A sheet of pork ribs at around 3.30€ for one kg will make a finger licking supper for two.

Cut the sheet into individual ribs and place on a baking tray.

Drizzle with:
4 tablespoons runny honey
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Tuck several peeled garlic cloves between the ribs and sprinkle with crushed dried chillies.

Finish by […]

By |February 22nd, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Tasty Tuna Pâté

This is easily made with tinned tuna and cream cheese plus some store cupboards bits and bobs.

280g can tuna, drained
1 tbs cream cheese or Greek yoghurt
Knob butter
1 tbs zest lemon
1 tbs lemon juice
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
⅛ teaspoon turmeric
3 anchovies in oil, drained
2 tbs capers
Small garlic clove, smashed and roughly chopped
Bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly […]

By |February 19th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Sunblushed Cherry Tomatoes

This is so simple and beats anything you can buy in a jar at the supermarket. Make a large batch which you can use to transform any meal including a cheese sandwich.

All you need is a quantity of tomatoes, garlic, herbs, sugar and oil.

Preheat your oven to maximum.
Cut the tomatoes in half and place […]

By |February 11th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Sweet Potato & Chard Bubble and Squeak

Serves 2 as a main course

1kg sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into large chunks
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp chilli flakes
½ tsp paprika
Pinch turmeric
100g chard, washed and trimmed
50g butter
50g freshly grated parmesan
Bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch sea salt

Steam potatoes for 40 minutes.
Dry toast cumin and chilli flakes then grind in a pestle […]

By |February 11th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Khmeli Suneli

Khmeli Suneli is a traditional Georgian spice mix.

Georgia (the country not the US state) where Europe meets Asia use this mix in soups and meat stews giving a wonderful aroma and depth of flavour. There’s a myriad of versions but I rather like mine.

2 tablespoons dried marjoram
2 tablespoons dried dill
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons […]

By |January 31st, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Schezwan Sauce

This is delicious, fiery hot, sweet and sour at the same time with plenty of yin and yang. It is easy to make at home.

3 large ripe plum tomatoes, whizzed in a blender
10 dried red chillies, rehydrated in hot water, quick blast in the blender
A few spring onion tops, finely chopped
A few coriander stalks, […]

By |January 31st, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|