Showing posts with label Spicy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spicy. Show all posts

Monday, 5 May 2014

BBQ Side Dish Idea - Sweet Potato Wedges with Harissa and Feta

Easy to make and a great side dish at any BBQ or just as a change from regular potato wedges or chips.  Sweetness from the potatoes and a little heat from the harissa, finishing with a nice tang from the slightly salty feta.  Don't be scared of harissa paste it's up to you how much you use and it's not over hot.


Come on!  Spice up your meal times and give these a go. 
I love rose harissa and I always buy the brand Belazu.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Mexican-Style Coleslaw - Easy Recipe

Add a little spice to your life with this Mexican-style coleslaw!  Of course you can make it more or less spicy to suit your taste and it's ideal to serve at a BBQ or just as a change instead of regular coleslaw. 


Of course if you happen to have too much time on your hands you can make your own mayonnaise but I'm afraid I don't, and in any case I say good old Hellmann's mayo is the way to go.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Family and Friends Mexican-themed Fun Night In

For a quick and easy meal, tacos or tortillas make a great dinner the whole family will enjoy.  But how about holding a Mexican-themed dinner party for family and friends?
Mexican food is vibrant, colourful and tasty and can mostly be prepared in advance.  There's no need for any fancy cooking equipment or amazing cooking skills, making it the ideal choice for a fun night in. 
 
Meat, Chicken or Vegetarian?
Minced beef, thinly sliced beef and chicken are all good choices.  For vegetarians or for anyone wanting to try to eat less meat, Old el Paso have a seriously great recipe for spicy bean and cheese vegetarian burger tacos – now how good do they sound?!   All you need is their Stand and Stuff Dinner kit which includes the spice mix.  To make the burgers you just need cheese, breadcrumbs, kidney beans and pinto beans, red and green bell pepper, an egg and some freshly chopped coriander.  Shredded lettuce is good for serving and the whole meal can be made in 20 minutes.


Another idea - Quesadillas:
Not only do they look good but they take minutes to make.
First prepare your ingredients, chopping and slicing. Pop a soft corn or flour tortilla into a really hot frying pan and top with your choice of filling.  Add another tortilla on top like a sandwich, turn to cook the other side and serve.


Tortillas, Tacos or Wraps?
A hard decision to make, purely because there are so many choices available in the supermarket these days!  Do you fancy crispy crunchy tortillas, flour tortillas, wholewheat tortillas or a lovely soft floury wrap?  Fajitas are great and of course you can make them really mild for anyone that’s not too keen on spice and kids love them.


Once you’ve made a choice, you can fill your tacos, tortillas or wraps with meat and vegetables or just veg. 

Salads and other bits and bobs:
Sliced bell peppers in any colour you fancy, onions, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and in my opinion, grated cheese as far as I'm concerned is a must!
 Dips, salsas, sour cream and guacamole can be bought from the shop ready prepared.

Drinks:
Tequila sunrise is great since it’s so colourful and of course you can make a non-alcoholic version for the kids using pineapple.  Or what about Mojito which always goes down well. 

Whatever you decide to serve, enjoy your relaxed night in!  
 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

American Hot Pizza Pie - Jamie Oliver

Jamie's latest book titled 'Save with Jamie' is aimed at shopping smart, cooking clever and having less waste.  With 120 money saving meals there's bound to be loads you will want to make.  Covering a wide range of lovely ingredients you'll find recipes to suit every-ones taste. 

 
The TV series to accompany the book 'Jamie's Money Saving Meals' currently showing on Monday nights on Channel 4 in the UK.

I've just had a go at making the American Hot Pizza Pie and the recipe was easy to follow and since the recipe makes four good sized pizzas so you can cook one or two and freeze the others before the cooking stage.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Honey Roast Pork Belly Strips with Anise

Nigel Slater used ribs for this brilliant recipe of his, Honey Roast Ribs with Star Anise.  But I didn't have any and was desperate to make it, so instead I used boneless pork belly strips and the end result was amazing.  
I chose quite lean belly slices, since some can be a lot more fatty but that said, most of the fat seemed to disappear during cooking and they just melted in your mouth.  


If you're thinking they look burnt, they wasn't but I can see you could easily burn them towards the end of cooking so you need to keep an eye on them.  Mine took 20 minutes less than Nigel Slater's recipe.

This recipe is from Nigel Slater's TV program 'Simple Cooking' and if you click on the printer icon it will will take you to the BBC website.


You will need:
    6 tbsp thickish honey
    3 heaped tbsp oyster sauce
    ¼ tsp chilli flakes
    4 whole star anise
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp black peppercorns
    4 cloves garlic
    1.5kg/3lb 5oz meaty pork ribs

How to do it:
    To make the marinade, spoon the honey and oyster sauce into a roasting tin or baking dish. Add the chilli flakes, star anise and salt. Grind the peppercorns and add them to the marinade.

    Toss the ribs in the marinade and tuck the garlic cloves whole between the ribs, then set aside for at least 2 hours. It wouldn’t hurt if they stay there overnight.

    Roast the ribs at 160C/325F/Gas 3 for 90 minutes, turning them in their sauce from time to time.

    Then turn the heat up to 200C for 15 minutes, Keep an eye on them, as sometimes they burn easily. They are ready when the meat is tender, though far from falling off the bone, and the ribs are sticky and almost charred.


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Spiced Lamb Patties in Pitta Bread



These are truly delicious, tasty and juicy little morsels.  They have a lovely sticky glaze to them due to the addition of mango chutney in the mixture.  Although these patties or mini burgers are spicy, I'd class them as nowhere near hot, but of course you can add more heat simply by adding more chilli.
 

 I particularly like Sharwood's Mango Chutney with Kashmiri Chillies.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Raclette Dinner Party - Recipe Ideas

 Okay, I know Raclette grills have been about for ages, and I've always wanted one, but since our house is already overrun with more kitchen gadgets than you can shake a stick at, I've controlled myself from buying one.....till last week that is.
   Oh my goodness they are such fun and I say everyone should rush out and get one immediately!  Relaxed and sociable eating along with drinking, a raclette meal can still be going on hours later.  What can be nicer than cooking your own meal at the table, picking and choosing for yourself just what you fancy?

    
Whoa, I've just noticed that cheese is missing from the table, I must have brought it out after the pictures - and in case you're wondering about drink....yes the wine hadn't got to the table at this point either!

The only slight problem I need to overcome is there isn't enough room at the table for anymore people once it's filled with the grill and all the food!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Tikka Masala Recipe - Jamie Oliver

Dead easy and seriously tasty, Jamie's Tikka Masala not only looks good but tastes good too.  A lovely colourful dish that, in my opinion just has to be served with naan bread to mop up the lovely sauce.


This recipe can easily be doubled and then once cooked it can be frozen - just don't add the toasted almonds or coriander. Of course you must make sure it's thoroughly defrosted before reheating.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Szechuan Stir-fry with Jasmine Rice - Jamie Oliver

As with all stir-fry recipes this is really easy to make and served over Jasmine rice as Jamie does is oh so very tasty indeed.  Despite the use of dried chillies and Szechuan peppercorns, I'd say it isn't really very spicy and next time I'll be adding more Szechuan peppercorns!


Give this a try and I'm sure you will love it as much as we did.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Spicy Stuffed and Roasted Butternut Squash

This is so easy there really isn't any need for a recipe.  Sweet soft butternut with a nice spicy heat from the harissa paste - that alone is delicious, but add tomatoes and the salty tang of feta and you're in for a treat. 
  

 If you're cooking this for vegetarian's just make sure the feta is suitable.  The brand 'Yamas' is vegetarian.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Chicken Skewers with Chilli Butter

Basting with butter during cooking keeps the chicken lovely and juicy.
These skewers or kebabs are so easy to make and can be ready to eat in next to no time.  Either on the BBQ or using a grill-pan, you can still create that. lovely char-grilled look.


For vegetarian's just leave out the chicken!

If you want to make these in advance, just drizzle them with a little olive oil or better still the chilli butter baste, cover with cling film and pop them into the fridge.  Remove them about 20 minutes before cooking.
  
  No need for a printable recipe here:
For the chilli butter baste just melt a big knob or two of butter (depending how many skewers you're making) along with a glug of olive oil.  Throw in some finely sliced chilli, cook for a couple of seconds, remove from the heat and add in some chopped flat leaf parsley.

Using metal skewers, or you can of course use wooden ones - but be sure to soak in water for at least half an hour to prevent them burning.  Thread chunks of red and yellow bell pepper, chicken, red or brown onions (or both) along with some baby cherry tomatoes and your set to get that grill-pan on.
Once the pan or BBQ is ready to cook on baste the skewers with the chilli butter and turn every now and then basting as you go.  

   
Cook till the chicken is properly cooked through and serve straight away with whatever takes your fancy.  We had tabbouleh and pitta bread.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Moroccan Style Butternut with Spiced Tomatoes and Feta

Soft sweet butternut with harissa spiced tomato sauce along with tangy feta and crunchy pumpkin seeds.  Oh yes, this is good food.
In my opinion Marks and Spencer are simply the best for their fantastic and top quality range of food.
After spying this dish from their recent 'Dine in for Two' menu, I had to have a go at making it.


I made the sauce from tinned cherry tomatoes and added rose harissa, oregano and a splash of sherry vinegar along with a couple of other bits and bobs.  Of course you can find the recipe if you continue reading.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Spicy Mango and Chilli Topped Chicken

There's no need to marinate the chicken for hours on end.  Nice juicy chicken fillets topped with a sweet spicy mango and chilli sauce.  Of course you don't have to add any chilli at all if you prefer.
 Serve with a mixture of long grain and wild rice or as always, whatever else takes your fancy.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Patatas Bravas with Chicken and Chorizo

 Oh my word you must give this a go, it was truly delicious.  Armed with no recipe whatsoever but knowing Patatas Bravas was a potato dish with a spicy tomato sauce I went for it.  
Okay, I've since discovered the potatoes ought to have been roasted or fried in olive oil - but hey ho this works and tastes good, so who cares! 
 Fancying more than just potatoes I added chicken and chorizo - always a winning combination in this house.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Chilli Beef Lettuce Wraps - Finger Food at it's Best

Who's been watching Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course?  Weeknights on Channel 4 at 5pm?  A fantastic show!  Everything he's made so far I want to make too.
  Spicy chilli beef served wrapped in gem lettuce with a lovely dipping sauce.
 Absolutely delicious and very easy to make - finger food at it's best.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Dates and Honey

 You may remember a while back I went to a Masterclass with Marco Pierre White and Knorr.  We all loved his idea of using something other than water to dissolve the Knorr stock pot.

 
Recently I was kindly sent another Seasonal box from Knorr which included two baby chickens and given the challenge to either cook Marco Pierre White's recipe of Spatchcocked Chicken with Chipolatas and Rosemary, or come up with a recipe of my own.....
Inspired by Marco's idea with the Knorr stock pot, I used tomato juice in this 'make it up as I go along recipe'.  Even if I do say so myself, the result was something truly delicious, chicken in a lightly spiced and slightly jammy rich and thick sauce.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Slow Cooker Recipe - Spicy Pork with Peppers and Tomatoes

Melt in your mouth pork chops cooked in a lovely rich and spicy tomatoey sauce.  Of course you can make it as spicy or not as spicy as you fancy.
 Yes this is another of my make it up as I go along recipes but you can rest assured I only post ones that pass the yum test!
Pork cooked in a slow cooker falls apart and is so lovely and tender.  Just throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and leave on low for 7 or 8 hours - perfect.  All that's needed is either freshly baked crusty bread for dipping and mopping or some nice rice. 

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Chicken Tagine with Olives and Preserved Lemons

Easy to make recipe and the result, melt in your mouth chicken flavoured with amazing spices and enough delicious sauce that's perfect for dipping in some nice flat bread.


  Of course you don't have to have a Tagine to make this, you can just use a lidded casserole dish. Preserved lemons are available in jars in any good supermarket as is rose harissa paste.  So with that said you now have no reason for not giving this a go. 
If you really don't like olives just leave them out - simples!
You can use chicken breasts but they will dry out during the longish cooking time.  The reason I cooked this for almost 2 hours is because it allows the flavours to really get into the chicken and the sauce to become nice and thick.   

Friday, 10 August 2012

The Best Guacamole Recipe

Simply the best guacamole ever - once you make this you will never buy it ready made from a supermarket again.  This recipe by Thomasina Miers from her book 'Mexican Food Made Simple' takes minutes to make and tastes amazing.
 Flavours of lime and chilli with tomato, red onion are perfectly balanced.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Malaysian Chicken Curry Recipe

We love this curry, you can make is as hot or mild as you like - just add or remove a chilli or two.  This is my titivated version of Gordon Ramsay's recipe from The F-Word and is well worth giving a go and I'm sure you will love it.  
 As to whether or not it's anything like a true Malaysian curry, I've no idea so perhaps we'll call it Malaysian-style curry.
Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients, it's easy to make and you can buy everything needed in any good supermarket.
 I made this for two but if you want it for four people I'd say you can just add more chicken and keep the sauce as it is.  You could add a little more coconut milk and it should be fine.

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