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…

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…

Chilli and Chocolate Sourdough Bread

Chilli and chocolate – a classic combination which still takes many by surprise.  In this recipe I’ve used a whole, dried Pasilla chilli which I’ve deseeds and soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes to dehydrate.  The Pasilla is a rich, fruity chilli with an earthy, almost tobacco-like smokiness.  It adds some great depth and…

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…

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…

Beetroot & Chilli Relish

The first of 3 Beetroot Relish recipes, in my quest to make this amazing vegetable last through the winter months and into next season!  My beetroot relish experiment uses different combinations and proportions of ingredients and different cooking methods to try and establish the best relish recipe! This recipe uses an orange beetroot, ‘Burpees Golden’,…