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Asiático de Cerdo (Asian Pork)

I was wondering what to do with solomillo (pork tenderloin). Knowing I had an onion, carrot and a lot of spices I came up with this Friday night special that I served with a mash of potato, carrot and sweet potato (plus a few cloves of garlic).

Solomillo, sliced
One onion, peeled and sliced
Two carrots, peeled […]

By |October 24th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

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|

A Quick Smoked Salmon Pâté

Stuck for lunch but need to use up leftover smoked salmon? This is quick, simple and rather tasty spread over toast (with or without butter).

Roughly chop up a couple of slices of smoked salmon and place in a whizzer together with:

Teaspoon horseradish
Tablespoon Greek yoghurt
Squeeze fresh lemon juice
Good grind black peppercorns
Chopped chives/parsley/basil or whatever you […]

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

Pork Tenderloin in Pedro Ximénez Sauce with Raisins & Pine Nuts

Pedro Ximénez grapes are grown in Andalucía, actually south of Córdoba in Montilla-Moriles region which produces a wonderful sweet wine that somebody recently told me tasted of burnt molasses.

Anyway, it makes a wonderful sauce and you will find this dish on the menus of the more interesting restaurants in Spain, it is impressive and […]

By |July 24th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Chicken with Golden Couscous & Crispy Onions

It’s been far too hot to blog and anyway my home internet has been down for over 3 weeks. But today I have a craving for couscous and as I have my right arm back (read internet) then I am cooking and blogging again:

I imagine I would get this in a restaurant in Morocco; I […]

By |July 13th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Pickled Red Onions

It is hot but I’m pickling again as I have a large supply of red onions in the veggie drawer of my fridge that need using up. Quickly. This is so simple…

Thinly slice a red onion(s).

You will need ½ teaspoon of brown sugar, ½ teaspoon salt and 200 ml apple cider vinegar per onion. […]

By |July 13th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Baked Chicken With Potato & Onion

Chicken breast, skinless and boneless
One medium potato, skin on, scrubbed, sliced thinly
One large onion, sliced thinly
Several cloves garlic, sliced
Olive oil
Black pepper
Paprika, Ras el hanout or Garam Masala *
Lemon juice
White wine (dry)

Place the chicken in a bowl, add a little olive oil then sprinkle with *your choice.

Layer up a casserole dish thus:

Potatoes, onions and garlic
Onions, garlic […]

By |June 4th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Tortilla vs Frittata

My view. And it’s a pretty broad view, is that generally speaking Tortilla is Spanish and Frittata is Italian. The UK just has an omelette which doesn’t sound half as exciting. I had a green chilli omelette once in The Maldives for breakfast, that was quite exciting.

When I am pondering about lunch I’ll often […]

By |May 27th, 2015|Andalucia|3 Comments|

Classic Italian Gremolata

Gremolata is so easy to make and should be in your armoury to spice up meat, fish, asparagus and of course Osso Buco . It will even liven up a sandwich. Just sprinkle.

You only need three fresh ingredients and a sharp knife.

Finely chop a clove of garlic, zest of one lemon and a small bunch […]

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

Asian Fusion Chicken

This is an easy and different way to serve chicken breasts for one or a dinner party. The coating helps keep the meat moist.

Using your home made mango chutney, or that liquidy stuff from a shop bought jar, add a sprinkling of cayenne pepper to taste. Stir and mash so that you can spread […]

By |April 18th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|