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Carnival Chicken for Amélie Isabelle Aged Nearly 3¼ Months

Amélie was born on 25th June 2015, my ninth and youngest grandchild. Nine? I hear you say, well I never had you down as that old…

Well, anyway, as it is carnival time (Spain is always enjoying a fiesta or feria no matter what time of the year) I thought I would cook chicken this […]

By |October 1st, 2015|Andalucia|3 Comments|

Garlic, Arlo Guthrie & Alice’s Restaurant

Alice May Brock was the owner of Alice’s Restaurant in Massachusetts, USA, made famous by Arlo Guthrie’s 1967 song ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ which, in reality, was a protest song about the Vietnam War draft. Two years later a film by the same name was released. It was directed by the ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ director, Arthur […]

By |September 16th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Chutney: There was an Old Person of Putney

“There was an Old Person of Putney,
Whose food was roast spiders and chutney,
Which he took with his tea,
within sight of the sea,
That romantic Old Person of Putney.”

Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his ‘literary nonsense’ & limericks (1812-1888)

Following straight after the kick off of the English football season is the inevitable glut of […]

By |September 15th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

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|

Real Mint Sauce

There’s lamb in the fridge so it is time to make a fresh batch of mint sauce. This really is simple and keeps for weeks stored in an air tight jar in the door of the fridge.

Strip the leaves off a bunch of fresh mint then sprinkle with sea salt and chop finely. Scoop […]

By |August 6th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Chuletillas de Cordero de la Sierra de Málaga

Lamb is my favourite meat even though lamb in Spain is somewhat scrawny compared to what you can purchase in the UK. Anyway, I had a fancy for it when I discovered that a girlfriend had a jar of mint sauce in her fridge door, home made at that.

So as the sun was shining […]

By |July 28th, 2015|Andalucia|3 Comments|

I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever

♫ ♪ ♫ “I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ Jimmy Buffett

I think I must be in my Andaluz patio because this hasn’t happened yet.

I can picture us having a long and leisurely lunch at a swanky restaurant somewhere in the sun probably like El Bulli near the Costa Brava resort of […]

Lancashire’s Finest – Cheese

I love cheese and Wallace & Gromit. I love Wensleydale too but a crumbly or creamy Lancashire is right up there with Cantal, Canadian Cheddar and Manchego in my cheese nirvana and I haven’t even started on goat’s cheese yet.

After living in Andalucía for the past 3 years I had forgotten about the crumbly […]

By |June 13th, 2015|Andalucia|2 Comments|

Fabulous Wild Garlic & Sausage Pasta

When in Lancashire it would be criminal not to buy some of the fabulous sausages hand made at the local butchers. So I did and this is what I made using the wild garlic pesto made the other day from our foraging.

4 Pork & red pepper sausages
4 Cumberland sausages
2 teaspoons fennel seed
2 dried red […]

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

Ramsbottom: Incredible Edible Wild Garlic Pesto

Back in England’s green and pleasant land I’m in Lancashire’s former mill town Ramsbottom and it isn’t raining. I love this place and imagine that if I ever left Andalucía then this would be my home. I am visiting my son and his wife and their new-born, George, who was born in February.

Catering for […]

By |June 11th, 2015|Andalucia|2 Comments|