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How to Make Home-Made Thai Lemongrass Curry Paste

Lemongrass is hard to come by in rural Andalucía so I grow my own and with my first harvest I am making a typical Thai curry paste.

This is best done in a pestle and mortar which allows the ingredients to slowly release their oils and that doesn’t quite happen when a blender is used […]

By |March 31st, 2016|Andalucia|3 Comments|

How to Make Home-Made Naam Prik Pao (Thai Chilli Sauce)

This is like a sweet and not too spicy chilli jam. Add it to soups, stir fries or even spread it on toast.

250ml vegetable oil
75g dried red chillies
½” piece tamarind broken off a block
20 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
5 shallots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons shrimp paste
2 tablespoons fish sauce
100g brown sugar

Mix the tamarind with 100ml […]

By |March 15th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to make Home-made Sriracha Sauce

Sriracha is a hot sauce that originated in Thailand but is widely used throughout Asia and forms part of Hoisin Sauce.

350g red jalapeño chillies, chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1 tablespoon brown sugar

40ml water

60ml white wine vinegar

Pinch salt

Place all ingredients except the vinegar into a blender and pulse a few times and then blitz.

Pour […]

By |October 27th, 2015|Andalucia|4 Comments|

Pork Massaman Curry: Andalucia Style

One day, two years ago, on a hot weekday, I asked my neighbour, Rosa, where I could buy goat meat. She seemed bemused at my question which I found strange as I’ve seen plenty of goat herds is these parts. After a short shrug she told me I need to ask a massaman and […]

By |August 7th, 2014|Andalucia|1 Comment|

What to do with a coconut

Coconut milk has a place in my cooking heart. It comes out of a tin and lifts meals, enabling me to create Asian or Caribbean fusion with fish, meat and vegetables. With a fresh coconut you can gather coconut water* – make coconut milk and grated coconut but you need time, patience, a lot […]

When the fridges & freezers are working overtime

It’s hot and the refrigeration equipment is working overtime to keep things cool but that doesn’t mean I want salad for supper.  I am hankering after heat, fresh and hot. Coconut chilli chickenCut a chicken breast into thigh size pieces and brown in oil. Set aside and drain off most of the oil and […]

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 […]