Olive & Sundried Tomato Breadsticks

This recipe makes a wet, sticky dough (80% hydration), but don’t be tempted to add more flour.  The great fruity tomato and olive flavours make these great as appetisers, accompaniments for soups and pasta dishes or just by themselves, with a glass of wine.  Perfect for christmas entertainment! Makes about 12 Ingredients 100g Sundried Tomatoes,…

Chorizo Frittata

Frittata, Spanish Omelette, Tortilla de Patates, Tortilla Espanola – I’m sure that there are some subtle differences, but from my perspective they are one and the same thing.  This is a really easy recipe to cook and will feed 6-8 people for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Versatile eh?  This is just a basic recipe –…

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…

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…

Spanish Chorizo & Chicken Casserole

A great spicy Spanish casserole, which goes down really well with a good bottle of Rioja.  The sherry in the stock adds a wonderful richness Ingredients 2-3 tbsp Olive Oil 125g Chorizo, chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 1 stick Celery, finely chopped 1 medium Onion, sliced 3 cloves Garlic, chopped 1 Chicken Breast, chopped 2-3…

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…

Sun-dried Tomatoes

Every year I grow loads more tomatoes than I need to use fresh, and the surplus are gently cooked with a little olive oil, passed through a sieve and frozen in bags to use throughout the year.  This works really well as a replacement to tinned tomatoes – even through you can get some good…

Creamy Polenta

I’ve been looking for an alternative ‘filler’ recipe for ages, and was never a big fan of polena before I came across this. It’s a great recipe and very versitile – an excellent accompaniment for Italian dishes. If you want a creamy sophisticated filler, give this a go. Beware – this can be volcanic when…

Pasta with Roasted Vegatables and Chirozo

This is one of those recipes that shows that spicy doesn’t necessarily mean hot (however, if you do want to spice up this dish, you can always add a dash of Tabasco). Although there is a long cooking time, most of this is preparation or unattended oven baking – this recipe involves very little effort…