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Curry: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Whilst reviewing Google Analytics of my website and blog it is clearly obvious that when I post something on there or on social media and include the word ‘curry’ the stats go through the roof.

What is it that we love so much about curry, I wonder? I spent one month travelling around India earlier […]

By |October 1st, 2014|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Cookery School at Casa Adora – Day 1

Barbara arrived recently from rainy England for one week for a 3 day cookery school. She is a busy school teacher who wanted to improve her cookery skills as well as having the opportunity to unwind.

Following is a 3 day menu which she prepared and cooked.

It was based on what to do with salmon, what […]

By |August 29th, 2014|Andalucia|0 Comments|

A Grand Day Out in Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom is a former mill town in Lancashire and today with the M66 motorway and the modern tram service from Bury to central Manchester it has become a rather trendy place with a fabulous range of restaurants, pubs, wine bars, cafés and gastro pubs.

This is where my son, Chris, lives with his lovely wife, Jenny.

It is quite a place and […]

By |July 14th, 2014|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Under Pressure: Brown Stock

I have recently acquired a pressure cooker and at just 30€ it was too good an opportunity not to give it a go. My Mum swears by hers and I can fondly recall her making red lentil soup – it is difficult to spoil food in a pressure cooker because if you could then […]

By |June 24th, 2014|Andalucia|2 Comments|

Pasta: Farfalle with smoked salmon, prawns, butternut squash, carrots and tangy tomato sauce

Straight into this one as it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish – cooking for one.

Sauté finely chopped carrot and butternut squash in olive oil, add garlic and a good grind of black pepper. Add a small glass of white wine.

Meanwhile, add pasta of your choice (mine was farfalle but linguine would […]

By |June 23rd, 2014|Andalucia, Italy|1 Comment|

Chat Amongst Yourselves: Chaat (chat) Masala

Chaat (sometimes spelt chat) Masala is a Pakistani and North Indian spice mix which is both sweet and sour in taste. There are, of course, more versions than I can shake a stick at but my version is below.

There are a couple of unusual ingredients, the first being Kala Namak (Indian black salt) and […]

The Cod has Come – Norway.

♫ ♪ ♫ “Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Dr John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I’m afraid of my life, I’ll go down in the soil
If me wife don’t stop drinking your cod liver oil.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ By Great Big Sea

By way of explanation The Cod has come is […]

What to do with smoked salmon

After making Mulligatawny Soup all evening this was supper.Smoked salmon, cream cheese, melba toast, beetroot, cornichons (baby gherkins), fresh thyme, black pepper, squeeze of lemonSmoked salmon, cream cheese, melba toast, capers, paprika, black pepper, squeeze of lemonSmoked salmon, cream cheese, melba toast, grated carrot, fresh parsley, black pepper, squeeze of lemonSmoked salmon, cream cheese, […]

Prawn & Mango Red Thai Curry

This is easy to make even if you do not have a jar of red Thai curry paste to hand. And assuming you have the ingredients, of course.For the curry:First, par boil cubes of butternut squash (or sweet potato).Lightly fry a sliced spring onion in oil for a minute or so. At this point […]

The fishy debate

We would all love to have a good supply of wild salmon but I suppose those days are long gone.  Farmed salmon is as good as it is going to get as it is expected that the last fish pulled from our seas will be in a couple of decades.Salmon with lime, coriander, garlic, […]