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Roasted Cherry Tomato Tart with Balsamic Onions & Wild Asparagus

Puff pastry in the freezer is a great standby to provide a carrier for things that need using up, just like this.

Ready made puff pastry
A handful cherry tomatoes
Bunch wild asparagus
Mozzarella ball
Garlic cloves
Big splash Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Dried oregano
Black pepper

Chop the tomatoes in half and slow roast, cut side up, with a couple of cloves of […]

By |April 2nd, 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|

Layered Vegetable Cake ooops, Pie

This is a ‘use up all the vegetables’ recipe. No meat but plenty of cheese.

Slice three largish potatoes then par boil them until they start to soften. Lay the slices of one potato on a buttered base of an oven proof deep dish and sprinkle with grated Emmenthal cheese and a grind of black […]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Leftover Lamb Shepherd’s Pie

This is real comfort food using up leftover leg of lamb. And using up all other left overs is comforting too.

Firstly, remove the meat from the bone of the leftover meat; it was cooked to the point where it was falling off anyway. With a sharp knife dice it as finely as you wish.

Meanwhile, […]

By |October 19th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Baked Rosemary & Emmental Stuffed Chicken with Cider Braised Cabbage and Leeks

Grate Emmental cheese into a bowl then mix with crushed and finely chopped garlic, fresh or dried rosemary, a spoonful of Dijon mustard and black pepper. When this has turned into paste set aside.

Meanwhile, skin a chicken breast and cover it in cling film, lightly bash with a rolling pin to flatten it.

Spread the […]

By |October 17th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Aromatic Oxtail Ragù

This is like making Rabo de Toro except it is spiced up using herbs, lots of garlic and a red chilli. When cooked you flake off the meat in order to create a ragù (save the bones for a stock or even soup).

1 kg oxtails, rinsed and patted dry with kitchen paper
Olive oil, glug
250 […]

By |October 6th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Surprise Stuffed Chicken Breast w/Pancetta

Surprise Stuffed Chicken Breast w/Pancetta, Roasted Rosemary and Onion Potatoes, Sautéed Broccoli and Red Wine Gravy

The reason why I’ve called this ‘surprise’ chicken breast is because you can stuff it with whatever you wish… mushrooms, feta cheese, spinach, mashed sun-dried tomatoes, etc. etc. I just happened to have a block of cheddar cheese left […]

By |October 5th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Lancashire’s Finest – Cheese

I love cheese and Wallace & Gromit. I love Wensleydale too but a crumbly or creamy Lancashire is right up there with Cantal, Canadian Cheddar and Manchego in my cheese nirvana and I haven’t even started on goat’s cheese yet.

After living in Andalucía for the past 3 years I had forgotten about the crumbly […]

By |June 13th, 2015|Andalucia|2 Comments|

Ramsbottom: Incredible Edible Wild Garlic Pesto

Back in England’s green and pleasant land I’m in Lancashire’s former mill town Ramsbottom and it isn’t raining. I love this place and imagine that if I ever left Andalucía then this would be my home. I am visiting my son and his wife and their new-born, George, who was born in February.

Catering for […]

By |June 11th, 2015|Andalucia|2 Comments|

Sometimes Only a Pie Will Do

Shop bought pastry, onions, asparagus and goat’s cheese is just about all you need to make this fabulous lunch.

Caramelise 4 red onions in olive oil over very low heat for about 45 minutes adding chopped garlic at the end. When done set aside.

Meanwhile, layer sheets of filo pastry or puff pastry over a baking sheet. […]

By |April 18th, 2015|Andalucia|2 Comments|