James’s Seasoning

I’ve been experimenting with a spice mix I could use for the likes of Southern Fried Chicken for years. The commercial ones are all very well, but tend to be full of the usual additives & flavour enhancers which I’m keen to avoid. The best by far has been Joe’s Stuff, a terrific Cajun spice…

Cornbread

  In need of some bread for your meal?  Run out of time?  Cornbread is a quick and tasty alternative which works particularly well with tomato based dishes.   Use this recipe as a base and enhance it with sundried tomatoes, dfresh herbs, or as in this case, olives Serves 4 Cooking time: 30 minutes…

Chipotle Sauce

I first came across Chipotle sauce whilst on holiday in New Orleans.   I was surprised to find that McIlhenny, the manufacturer of the eponymous ‘ Tabasco’ sauce (you know, that small bottle of hot sauce that’s been sitting in the back of the cupboard for the last 10 years?)  makes a whole range of…

Creole Style – Chilli & Tomato Sauce

This is great for pasta, and the thyme makes this a good addition for Cajun and creole style dishes where a rich punch is required.  Subtle enough to use with fish or vegetarian dishes, this is also great with chicken or rich stews. Makes approx 750 ml Ingredients 20 Cayenne Chilli Peppers, stalks removed 2…

Coming Soon – Chilli Pepper Sauces

Have you just finished harvesting your summer crops in anticipatation of that first frost?  Do you have a bucket full of chilli peppers and just don’t know what to do with them?  Coming soon – 3 chilli sauces which will meet your needs for every occasion:- Sweet Chilli Sauce  – the ‘Thai-style’ dipping sauce Chilli…

Creole Mushroom and Sausage Pasta

An interesting spin on the creamy pasta sauce. The wine adds an a subtle piquancy. Increase the amount of seasoning for more spice. What’s Cajun Seasoning? I picked up a jar of this on holiday – rated as the best authentic spice mix available. When it runs out, I’ll just have to come up with…

Chicken Cajun Casserole

This is a particularly tomatoey version of an old favourite. It uses a couple of bags of home grown tomatoes which are stewed with a little olive oil and frozen at the end of the season. You can replace half of the tomatoes with 1/2 pt veg or chicken stock for a less intense dish.Serve…

Chicken Jambalaya

One of my favourite Cajun recipes, and surprisingly straightforward. I find that this recipe appeals to a wide range of people, and makes a regular appearance when I have guests to entertain with something that can be prepared in advanced and left. This dish has the most amazing aroma which fills the house, and is…