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…

My Favourite Chilli Con Carne

My all time favourite comfort food recipe, cooked in advance makes an ideal as a mid-week winter warmer I’m amazed that I’ve yet to write this recipe up.  It’s been a mainstay ever since I went to university many years ago and was really my entry into spicy cooking.  I used to head out to…

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…

Chicken Balti

Restaurant Curry 1: Chicken Balti. By following the 2 preceding steps you’ve turned making your curry away from being a ‘casserole’ type dish into a ‘stir fry’.  Everything that takes time has already been taken care of and now it’s just a matter of personalising the basics This is a simple Chicken Curry recipe with…

Spicy Tomato & Lentil Soup

I love a good tomato soup, and at this time of the year when the tomato plants are abound with fruit I always try something a bit different.  One reason is, I suppose, that I just haven’t managed to come up with a recipe which really does my wonderful fresh tomatoes justice.  Over the years…

Courgette Chocolate Cake with Chilli Ganache

A decadent fudgey chocolate cake with a kick!  This is a proper chocolate cake for adults, not too sweet with plenty of dark bitter chocolate and a rich chocolate ganache that complementary chilli heat.  What’s more it uses up loads of your surplus courgettes. What could possibly be better? …well, you could spilt it in…

Chilli Chocolate Ganache

Dark bitter chocolate and chilli are a classic combination.  Use this as a filling for cakes or biscuits, stir through a vanilla ice cream at the last minute to make a chilli chocolate ripple or even stir through your favourite Chilli Con Carne recipe! A key to making smooth ganache is not to stir the…

Spicy Lentil, Chickpea and Sweetcorn Soup

It’s official – Summer is well and truly over. It’s only 23rd of August 2014 but I’m seriously thinking about switching on the central heating.  It’s only my skinflint Yorkshire roots holding me back, so I’m in need of an alternative central heating.  This is a really simple and flavoursome soup which can be turned…

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…

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…