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’,…

Chicken Korma

Always seen as the curry for those who don’t like spice, yet again I’m getting on my soapbox to say that:- A: ‘Spicy’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘Hot’ and B: Korma’s don’t need to be mild.  A Korma tends to be a creamy curry, often using  combinations of coconut, yoghurt, cream & nuts.  However, you can…

Chole

or Chana Masala, if you prefer.   Very popular across the world, this Punjabi dish is one of my favourite curries.   I’ll often choose this dish as a baseline test when I try new restaurants and takeaways – although this is a relatively simple dish, Chana Masala can be over complicated or ruined with…

Chana Masala Powder

My preferred spice blend for making Chana Masala, or Chole.  Highly aromatic with a kick.  Shop-bought ground spice blends really are over-rated unless you have a good source and can get through them really quickly. Making your own from whole spices as and when you need it ensures the best flavours are retained Makes about…

Quick Chilli Beef Noodle Stir Fry

A wonderful Thai inspired stir fry which makes the most of our lovely locally sourced beef.  Any frying steak will do – I choose a small piece of rump.  I used thick rice ribbon noodles, which I soaked for 8 minutes in boiling water to cook, then drained and refreshed in cold water until they…