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Blackened Cajun Tuna Steak

This is a quick and easy way to wake up your taste buds.

Firstly, heat up a griddle pan.

Meanwhile, mix one heaped teaspoon of Salsas y Especias Cajun Blackening Rub with olive oil then coat the steak with the mixture.

When the griddle is smoking hot carefully place the steak onto it. Cook for 3 minutes […]

By |April 7th, 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|

Sweden: For the Love of a Herring

♫ ♪ ♫ “In the stormy seas and the living gales, Just to earn your daily bread you’re daring, From the Dover Straits to the Faroe Islands, As you’re following the shoals of herring.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ T. Duggins

Herrings, Sardines, Pilchard, Sill, Sprat, Smelts… it is confusing as they are all related but all […]

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

No Cream All-in-One Fish Pie

Got some fish that needs using up? Cod, salmon, hake or prawns in the depths of the freezer…

This is a quick and easy fish pie that has copious amounts of vegetables too.

Boil potato and sweet potato together with a garlic clove and a big pinch turmeric for the mash topping. When mashing add butter […]

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

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with Hot Mustard Sauce

In Vietnam these would be wrapped in rice paper but living in rural Andalucía we use lettuce instead although you could use tortilla wraps but for this I prefer the freshness of the lettuce.

8 small lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry with kitchen roll
16 cooked medium sized prawns, chopped
Handful roughly torn coriander leaves
1 large carrot, […]

By |October 30th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Balsamic Glazed Queen Scallops with Capers and Pine Nuts

I saw something recently about Balt-Scandic SL, a great supplier that I’ve written about previously and to my surprise it was up for sale but after contacting the owner, Erik Graae Nielsen, he explained that whilst this is true what has actually happened is that the wholesale side of the business has grown so […]

By |October 18th, 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|

Freddie Mercury was a Parsi

This is a great tasting hot and sour curry, similar to dhansak, with its origins emanating from Persia and introduced to India by the Parsi immigrants. And just so that you know Queen’s front man, the late Freddie Mercury, was a Parsi who was born in Zanzibar and grew up there and in India.

It […]

By |June 8th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Pan-fried Scallops à la Gran Alacant: What a Trip to Algorfa Found

Visiting my little sister and our 85 year old Mum in Gran Alacant gave me the opportunity of buying Scallops. Not fresh I admit but caught and frozen off the coast of Iceland and at 5€/400g it was considered to be a ganga.

We (lil’ Sis and I, left our Mum with her knitting) set […]

By |May 25th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Hake Is Big In Spain

Hake is big in Spain, very big. And I mean popularity not size. I understand most of the hake caught off British shores goes here, why I don’t know as it is a beautiful fish to eat. Iberico ham is very big too so here is a great combination.

♫ ♪ ♫ “I wish I […]

By |February 6th, 2015|Andalucia|2 Comments|