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Get to know your Onions

Onions, I love them raw or cooked and I would never dream of a day without them – they are a staple in my kitchen. An onion is at the heart of every good meal, I say. And salad. And soup. And onion bhajis.

About onions

Onions belong to the Allium family and are related to […]

By |November 13th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

How to Make Home-Made Coconut Flour

After making your own home-made coconut milk this is what you do with the squeezed out pulp.

Spread the remaining pulp onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Spread evenly and bake in the oven at 100°C until dried.

Blitz in a blender until powdered and the result gives you gluten free flour.

Note that when […]

By |November 8th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Palak Soup | Spinach Soup

A large bunch of fresh spinach winked at me in Francisco’s fruit and veg shop today. He told me that it had been picked earlier this morning and by the look of the fresh soil on the roots I did not doubt him.

So Palak soup it is.

½ onion, peeled and chopped
1 large green tomato, […]

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

Palak Daal: Lentil & Spinach Curry

This is a quick and easy store cupboard meal. And it is healthy, not only is it rich in dietary fibre as lentils provide a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K and iron too. Together with vitamin packed spinach and curry ingredients it makes for a cheap and nutritious meal which can […]

By |September 3rd, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Thanks Nigel: Dark & Sticky Fig and Grape Chutney

This is a play on one of Nigel Slater’s recipes for fruit chutney and as ripe figs start appearing in Andalucía with abundance, grapes too, it is time to start creating.

225g brown sugar
750g black figs
250g white grapes (seedless otherwise it is a pain deseeding them), cut in two
One apple (Granny Smiths), skin on, roughly […]

By |September 1st, 2015|Andalucia|5 Comments|

How Long Will You Live?

Research shows that Spaniards can expect to live until 82 and if you are lucky enough to be born in Monaco then you could reach 90. On the other hand if you were unfortunately conceived and brought up in Sierra Leone then you’ll be lucky to live beyond 45.

Much is made of the Mediterranean […]

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|

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|

A Weed is But An Unloved Flower

My first year in Spain and this appeared in my (small) garden.

I allowed it to grow not realising what it was, I took a photo and displayed it on Facebook asking for answers which came back as a unanimous “WEED” so I promptly pulled it up and the same in the subsequent years.

Now just […]

By |May 12th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Shiitake Mushrooms – Grow Your Own

The Shiitake is an edible mushroom native to Asia where it is a symbol of longevity because of its health promoting properties and has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The name ‘shiitake’ comes from the Japanese language with ‘shii’ meaning wood of the tree and ‘take’ which translates as mushroom.

These […]

By |May 11th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|