Broccoli Pugliese – By Special Request!

I wasn’t going to type this one up, but I’ve had a special request from Paula, so here it is.  A really quick and simple way to spice up your broccoli and turn it into an interesting accompaniment.  It can even be prepared in advance, holding on to the cold blanched broccoli until you’re about…

Sangre del Diablo

So, my chilli experiment was a success. I’ve been left with bags of chills of all varieties, intensities shapes and sizes.  I’ve got some fresh, many frozen and plenty dehydrated for use in the  months to come.  But I’m left with 1 problem – my Morouga Chillies.  They’re just, well, frightening!  They are unbelievably hot,…

2013 Chillies

2013 Chilli Success! I don’t normally take the liberty of documenting my gardening delights on my recipe blog, but I felt the need to capture this for posterity. Over the past few years I’ve been searching for ‘the perfect chilli’ to grow for my recipes, and this year was no exception. What made this year…

Pumpkin & Sausage Pasta Sauce

Finally, I’ve managed to finish off my roasted pumpkin with this great pasta sauce! Quite different from my other pumpkin recipes so far, but using classic combinations for Italian cooking, this is another sauce based on a pack of good quality shop-bought sausages, deskinned to form a wonderful rich meaty sauce when combined with the…

Spicy Pumpkin Loaf

OK – you heard me say it – I only used 2/3rds of my roasted pumpkin when I made my Roast Pumpkin Soup.  In these days of austerity, I’m hardly going to through the rest away now, am I?  I’ve got 2 very different recipes here which turn this pre-cooked pumpkin into star dishes.  Please…

Roast Pumpkin Soup – Halloween Special!

What better meal for halloween, than a roast pumpkin soup? It’s not that widely known that pumpkins come in 3 ‘types’ – those that are good for lanterns, those that are good for cooking and those which have great seeds.  It’s a bit unfortunate that in this day and age there isn’t a multi-functional pumpkin…

Alex’s “Larkin” Jelly

Larkin is my pet Chilli!  I’ve grown him in my bedroom for the last 2 years, and he’s so big he now touches the ceiling.  He’s a Bishop’s Crown Chilli and has very pretty fruit which I like to eat whole (I really like chilli!), but Daddy says that Larkin has had his day, and…

Green Jalapeno Jelly

What better way to preserve that rich green intensity of my unripe jalapeños than in a fruity jelly?  What’s more, it’s also helping me get through some of my many cooking apples. As this is a pectin free recipe, we need to follow a 2 stage process – the first of which is to make the…

Caribbean Pumpkin & Habanero Pickle

A wonderful medium-hot pickle that’s just perfect with cheese, salads and cold meat.  Use a good quality pumpkin to get the most amazing colours and flavours! I’ve used a ‘Crown Prince’ variety, which holds its shape well during cooking.  I’ve also used 3 ‘Paper Lantern’ habanero chillies – these tend to be a little less…

Slow Cooked Shin of Beef Chilli

I know how popular my Shin of Beef recipes have been on this blog they’ve always topped the visitor page hits, so I hope you find this one to be just as wonderful as I did. My original Chilli dish was one created from my student days – good food for the masses, but on…

Caramelised Red Onion & Chilli Pickle

And for exactly the same reasons I made the Sweet Tomato & Chilli Chutney, I’ve made this batch of Red Onion and Chilli pickle.  This is quite a bit hotter if you make it with 4 chillies, and is great to accompany sausages! The balsamic vinegar adds the to rich effects of the caramelisation, but…

Sweet Tomato & Chilli Chutney

It’s that time of year again – as the summer draws to an all too abrupt end, the garden is overflowing with more fresh produce than you can shake a stick at.  The efforts of a hard years graft realised, but it’s just too much to consume as fresh.  Freezer full, friends and neighbours provided…

Italian White Chilli Chicken with a Parmesan, Pear & Walnut Salad

A little bit left field, this probably takes ‘fusion food’ to a different level, but it’s absolutely delicious.  A variation on the traditional ‘Chilli con Carne’ using chicken, white beans and a creamy sauce with flavours I associate with good Italian food. The acidic tones of the pickled jalapeño combined anise effect of the fennel…

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts & Chorizo

Fed up with those sprouts already?  Want something a little different?  This has a wonderful sweet, spicy fullness which works so well with the brussels Sprouts.  Even the kids liked them!  Sprout and bacon always work well as a combination, but Chorizo adds a little something extra… Ingredients 750g Brussels Sprouts 250g Chestnuts, roasted, peeled…

Chelsea Buns – Christmas style!

A little festive twist on the classic recipe makes these Chelsea buns a nice addition to the Christmas table. Use any mix of dried fruit – I found equal amounts of raisins, cranberries and chopped dried apricots worked a treat Makes about 12 Ingredients 200g Dried Fruit – any festive selection of your choice, or…

Habanero Chicken Soup

Yes, another uninspiring title, but it does what t says on the tin.  Not that it’s in a tin…. This recipe uses some of the veg I’ve dehydrated from last season.  There’s not a huge following for dehydrated food in the UK, but when you grow your own, there’s no better way of preserving some…

Habanero Chicken

It’s no secret, I love my chillies. Spices in general, but chillies in particular. As we start a new horticultural year, I’ve now got 22 varieties of chillies on the go, many are under artificial light to a longer growing season for some of the more challenging varieties for the British climate. Last year’s chilli…

Fruity Hot Sauce – Peaches and Scream!!!

Mango, Peach & Fatalii Chilli Sauce – the hottest, fruitiest sauce in my kitchen! Fatalii peppers are just perfect for this sauce, bringing a really citrussy zing along with its scorching heat.  This is amazing stuff, and not for the faint hearted (or the weak hearted, for that matter).  Use anywhere where you need both…

Chorizo & Chickpea Soup

One of those basic recipes which just turns out to be amazing.  Full of Spanish flavour, this hearty soup deserves a 5 star rating.  Serve with fresh chunks of crispy bread to absorb the most amazing flavours.  One thing to note: My Habanero chillies are home grown, and in their first year.  The fruit is…

Panch Phoron

Panch Phoron is a Bangladeshi spice mix, literally translated as ‘Five Spice’.  Quite different to the Chinese version of Five Spice, Panch Phoron contains a mix of pungent whole spices which are great at adding depth without heat.  To use, take a generous pinch (or up to 1 tsp) and fry the whole spices in…