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Roasted Cherry Tomato Tart with Balsamic Onions & Wild Asparagus

Puff pastry in the freezer is a great standby to provide a carrier for things that need using up, just like this.

Ready made puff pastry
A handful cherry tomatoes
Bunch wild asparagus
Mozzarella ball
Garlic cloves
Big splash Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Dried oregano
Black pepper

Chop the tomatoes in half and slow roast, cut side up, with a couple of cloves of […]

By |April 2nd, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

How to Make Home-made Celery Salt

Make this at home as the commercially produced version will probably contain a preservative (sodium nitrate) and an anti caking agent (silicon dioxide or calcium silicate) but all you’ll need is just two simple and natural ingredients.

Leaves from one bunch celery
Maldon sea salt or other flaky sea salt

Wash and dry the leaves thoroughly then […]

By |April 1st, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Spicy Roasted Tomato Chutney

Caramelised onions and aromatic spices turn this into a heavenly chutney.

750g medium-ripe plum tomatoes, halved
1 large onion, sliced lengthways
½ teaspoon coriander seeds
½” piece cassia bark
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon allspice berries
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon ghee
½ teaspoon dried oregano
2 large garlic cloves, peeled, crushed and finely chopped
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon […]

By |March 31st, 2016|Andalucia|2 Comments|

Sweet and Spicy Shepherd’s Pie

Using up the remainder of my leg of lamb I finely chopped the meat instead of mincing it. Adding spices really perks up this most comforting dish.

If you want to stop the mash sinking into the meat and juices then allow to cool in the fridge before adding the potato. However, since the alcohol […]

By |March 16th, 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|

Sweet Potato & Chard Bubble and Squeak

Serves 2 as a main course

1kg sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into large chunks
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp chilli flakes
½ tsp paprika
Pinch turmeric
100g chard, washed and trimmed
50g butter
50g freshly grated parmesan
Bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch sea salt

Steam potatoes for 40 minutes.
Dry toast cumin and chilli flakes then grind in a pestle […]

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

Sausage & Chickpea Simmer

This is an easy one pot and if you have time then caramelise your onions first.

I stumbled across paprika sausages, they are more like chipolatas than a British banger but I thought I would give them a go. You could simply use chorizo instead or pork sausages with an added teaspoon of paprika. Anyhow, […]

By |December 9th, 2015|Andalucia|2 Comments|

Pie Anyone? | Chicken & Leek Puff Pastry Pie

Serves 4 or more.

4 chicken thighs, bone in
Small onion, peeled and roughly chopped
Couple bay leaves
Handful black peppercorns
Sprinkle turmeric
Couple of garlic cloves, smashed but no need to peel
Milk (full fat) to cover above in a deep sided frying pan

Bring up to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove the chicken to a plate.
Sieve milk into […]

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

Layered Vegetable Cake ooops, Pie

This is a ‘use up all the vegetables’ recipe. No meat but plenty of cheese.

Slice three largish potatoes then par boil them until they start to soften. Lay the slices of one potato on a buttered base of an oven proof deep dish and sprinkle with grated Emmenthal cheese and a grind of black […]

By |November 23rd, 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|