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Cheese Workshop in Las Alpujarras

I love cheese but have never considered attempting to make my own. Until now.

A group of friends recently decided to travel from Jaén province to Granada province and as it was my birthday I treated myself and joined them for a two hour car journey to Las Chimeneas Open Garden at Órgiva where Sue Halfyard runs […]

By |April 9th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Baked Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Suprême with Green Peppercorn & Mushroom Sauce

Rehydrate a handful of dried porcini or other dried mushrooms in warm water.

Use a suprême (wing bone attached) or breast with skin on.

Grate some mozzarella cheese and mix with chopped parsley and freshly ground pepper then stuff under the skin of the chicken using your finger to gently make a pocket. Rub a little […]

By |March 19th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

I Want A Pasta Dish Named After Me Please

I was born and bred in London before venturing to the bad lands in the north. However, I did return south to live in West Kensington for a couple of years. I was within walking distance of Stamford Bridge, the home of my football club and also within striking distance of Italian restaurant, San […]

By |February 7th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

What is Left in the Fridge Recipe

I have been busy, genuinely busy and I haven’t found the time to stock up my fridge so yesterday evening there came a point when I scratched my head and wondered what to prepare for my evening meal. It was quite late so I created supper from the left overs and bit and pieces remaining […]

By |January 10th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Left Over Lamb Pie with Goat’s Cheese

Par boil diced potato.

Sauté chopped onion, carrot and garlic in olive oil until softened. Add left over diced lamb, potato and chopped collard greens then cook for a few minutes stirring gently. Throw in some sesame and poppy seeds, raisins, dried oregano and chopped fresh parsley stalks. Add a grind of black pepper, a […]

By |November 2nd, 2014|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Mediterranean Bean Salad

A light lunch or simple supper.

Add a drained and rinsed jar or tin of beans of choice to a large bowl
Add finely chopped carrot, tomato, garlic, red chilli and red or spring onion
Add a squidge of sun dried tomato paste and a glug of extra virgin olive oil
Stir gently
Add feta or soft goat’s cheese
Add […]

By |September 19th, 2014|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Griddled Asparagus & Parmesan Shavings drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

I know I have posted this before but today at Frutas Mati in my village I noticed that a bunch of fresh looking asparagus was winking at me. I ignored it for a while knowing that it had been flown in at great cost (financially and environmentally) from Peru or somewhere like that.

Anyway, the […]

By |August 9th, 2014|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Basil Pesto: So Versatile

Genoa makes claim to the original pesto from pounding garlic, pine nuts, basil and olive oil. The ancient Romans used to make a similar version and the pesto made in southern France evolved into pistou. There’s also evidence that it actually originated in India but if it did I never came across it when I […]

By |August 4th, 2014|Andalucia|0 Comments|

A Glut of Tomatoes

My neighbour, Rosa, dropped off a bag of tomatoes yesterday. Ten large unshapen home grown ones nurtured by her husband Paco. I ate one and Tesco please take note they may not be regulation size or indeed colour but do you know what, they actually taste like tomatoes. And with the remaining nine I […]

By |July 24th, 2014|Andalucia|3 Comments|

Camembert á la Clarke

Camembert, poetry,
Bouquet of our meals,
What would become life,
If you did not exist?

I love camembert and usually it is packed in a round wooden box that makes presentation at the table very pleasing on the eye and the smells whilst it cooks will have your guests drooling. Some boxes have become collector’s items. We have […]

By |July 8th, 2014|Andalucia|1 Comment|