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Taiwanese Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji)

San Bei Ji or Sanbeiji originated in China and was adopted enthusiastically in Taiwan. It relates to three cups – one each of sesame oil, soy sauce and rice wine although you can adjust these quantities to suit your own taste.

And as usual there are many variations of this dish but here is mine. […]

By |August 20th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Herbed Faux-tisserie Roast Chicken

If you do not own a rotisserie, like me, then simply roast it this way in your oven.

One chicken about 2kg
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon sea salt
One lemon, sliced in half
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1 leek, roughly chopped
1 celery stick, roughly chopped
Couple potatoes, quartered
Several […]

By |July 23rd, 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|

How to Make Home-Made Sunblushed Cherry Tomatoes

This is so simple and beats anything you can buy in a jar at the supermarket. Make a large batch which you can use to transform any meal including a cheese sandwich.

All you need is a quantity of tomatoes, garlic, herbs, sugar and oil.

Preheat your oven to maximum.
Cut the tomatoes in half and place […]

By |February 11th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Khmeli Suneli

Khmeli Suneli is a traditional Georgian spice mix.

Georgia (the country not the US state) where Europe meets Asia use this mix in soups and meat stews giving a wonderful aroma and depth of flavour. There’s a myriad of versions but I rather like mine.

2 tablespoons dried marjoram
2 tablespoons dried dill
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons […]

By |January 31st, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made KFC Finger Lickin’ Chicken Coating

I am not a fan of fast food outlets but I used to make an exception to KFC’s fried chicken and it always interested me what the chicken coating contained. There are no secrets now that we have the internet so I have read a lot of copycat recipes which probably comes close to […]

By |December 17th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Za’atar

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern herb blend very popular in Arab cuisine.

To make it at home is easy but as usual there are many variations depending whether you have visited Armenia, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia or Turkey.

It’s very versatile and can be used with meat, vegetables, […]

By |December 2nd, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

North African Lamb Stew with Couscous

A beef stew reminds me of Thursday lunch time at my school canteen in south London. I didn’t like it then and it has tainted me ever since.

However, if it’s called a casserole, well, that transforms it into something special… France’s beef bourguignon or cassoulet, Filipino puchero, Spain’s rabo de torro, Mexico’s mancha manteles de cerdo, Majorca’s tombet, […]

By |November 20th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Slow Roast Lamb with Chickpea Mash

Autumn is on its way in this part of Andalucía even though it’s still warm during the day and when the weather cools it means it is time for slow roasted meat.

And as I have a leg of lamb from la Sierra de Málaga I intend to cook it for 3 or 4 hours.

First up is […]

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

Braised Lamb with White Beans

I was talking to a friend in my village last Sunday and over a beer or two he brought up one of his fond childhood memories of ribs and beans. Now, his mother made hers with pork ribs and he uses pork ribs too. And there’s nothing wrong with that but as I had […]

By |October 23rd, 2015|Andalucia|2 Comments|