Day 2 – Tropical Green Smoothie

I definitely needed something different.  It’s not particularly radical given the ingredients at hand but what could be better than a taste of the tropics first thing in the morning?  I must be getting in to this – I’ve done away with the recipe books & research & I’ve already started improvising… 75g Pineapple, frozen…

Chilli Jelly -Choose your weapon…

I’ve a freezer full of chillies which I just won’t get through, so what better thing to do that make chilli jelly – perfect for Christmas stocking fillers! But wait – which chillies to use?  I have vast array of varieties and this recipe can be adapted for all.  In due course I’ll make a…

Spicy Caribbean Salsa

A spicy fruit based salad to accompany my Caribbean pork dish This salsa needs assembling quite quickly to prevent the fruit from discolouring – getting it mixed with the lime juice will help retain all of the vibrant colour and flavours Ingredients 2 ripe Avocado, stoned & peeled 3 firm Bananas Pineapple chunks, diced 1…

Coconut Rice & Beans

A nice spin on ‘rice and peas’ which accompanies Caribbean dishes very well.  When you get everything into the pan you’ll be wondering what you’ve done wrong – it looks like a rather odd pudding rice dish, but have faith & do not stir!!! Warning!!! Do not stir this dish – it will break up…

Jerk Pork

A perfect dish for a slow roasted shoulder of pork.  After several hours all of that fat has just melted away to leave the most succulent meat.  This ‘pulls’ really well and makes for a good family ‘help yourself’ Sunday dinner.  Any left-overs go great in sandwiches or salads, but combined with any left over…

Jerk Seasoning

You can buy Jerk seasoning, but if you have the right dried ingredients it’s easy enough to make yourself.  It keeps well in a sealed container and tends to be used for as a marinade or rub.  If you intend to use it all straight away, you can replace the dried thyme and chilli pepper…

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…

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…

Piri Piri Sauce

Well, sort of.  Piri Piri sauce should be made from red Piri Piri peppers (obviously) or Bird’s Eye chillies, but this is made from Cayennes so it isn’t quite as hot.  Piri Piri sauce is a basic hot sauce or Portuguese origin It’s really easy to make as there is not cooking involved – just…

James’s Chilli Hot Sauce

There are plenty of recipes for hot sauce out there, but this is a simple, rich favourite of mine.  It uses the whole chillies, so no messing about with deseeding or wearing gloves Use it a spoon at a time to spice up any dish, especially good with pasta or tomato based sauces, chicken, Caribbean…

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…

Jerk Chicken

That traditional Jamaican chicken recipe with my own hot Jerk seasoning. Use chicken pieces (extend cooking time) or breast. Can also be cooked on a barbeque or under the grill. Adjust number of chillies to increase/reduce heat. Remove chilli seeds for a milder dish. Cooking Time – approx 30 minutes plus marinating time Serves 4…