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Roasted Pepper & Broad Bean Tart

Roasted Pepper & Broad Bean Tart

Welcome to my second ‘Meatless Monday’ posts, If you tried last weeks recipe for my Meat-Free Lasagne I hope you enjoyed it, if so do please let me have some feedback either at the foot of this post or on my Facebook Page This week I tried a recipe given to me by an ex […]

October 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Do I Really Need A Wok?

Do I Really Need A Wok?

Whenever I mention a Wok in a recipe I’m always bombarded with the same question: Do I Really Need A Wok? Well the simple answer is No not really, but if you do use one when the recipe calls for one as opposed to using a large skillet you’ll certainly taste the difference, not to […]

October 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Welcome To Meatless Monday

Welcome To Meatless Monday

  This post may seem a very strange post from someone who started out life as a Pork Butcher with hundreds of thousands of Pork Pies, goodness knows how many kilos of Sausages under my belt, but thinking about it we did close on Mondays . Well, three months ago I was diagnosed with Type […]

October 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet Potato Mash

The Sweet Potato has always been a favourite of mine, especially when roast round the Sunday joint, sadly, they were not always in plentiful supply in the UK, but here in Spain, they are available everywhere from corner shops, supermarkets to roadside vendors, and the reason is, nearly every village gardener grows them. This version […]

October 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Much Ado About Marrows

Much Ado About Marrows

Well, as from this week we are  officially into Autumn. I can now start thinking about some nice warm comforting food to go along with the cooler evenings. One particular vegetable that makes it’s appearance at this time of the year is the humble Marrow. Marrows are quite cheap in the Autumn and when not too […]

September 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Perfection After Years of Tweaking

Perfection After Years of Tweaking

I have been asked many time to re-post this as it seems to have been deleted somewhere along the line during updates of the website, hope you enjoy the post and the soup. This is a soup my wife and I had for the first time some years ago in an hotel in South Yorkshire, […]

September 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tales from my Student Days

Tales from my Student Days

When I was at bakery school, which by the way is almost too far back to remember, half a dozen of us got together once a week and took it in turns to cook for the group. It was decided whoever was cooking should make two courses and as budding bakers our cooking skills were […]

September 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Features I Have Added to my Recipe Site

New Features I Have Added to my Recipe Site

I have been working on adding some new features to my website which will hopefully make life a little easier for everyone. The changes are to the format of my recipes which will in future be laid out in a uniform way. Also, as I have many followers around the world (a fact which has […]

September 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Drowning in Tomatoes…

Drowning in Tomatoes…

It never ceases to  amaze me how generous and hard working the Spanish people are, at least in my my village anyway. Like my neighbours, Antonio who has a regular job, he usually leaving home around 7.00 am, that’s after feeding the pigs, milking two or three goats, etc. then Maria gets the children off […]

September 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Blast From The Past

Blast From The Past

  Just recently I’ve noticed quite a lot of recipes and advertisements mentioning something called “Cinnamon Chips”,  so, being a curious type of person I investigated these strange sounding things a little further. It didn’t take me long to realise what all the fuss was about on these various baking sites (in America of course) it […]

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Chinese Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Chinese Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Chinese Salt and Pepper Shrimp In Szechuan province, they use this mixed salt and Szechuan peppercorn as the main flavour in a few dishes including salt and pepper small potato, salt and pepper chicken, etc. Although this is a Szechuan dish it is often attributed as a Cantonese dish. The reason is still unknown, but […]

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Up To My Ears in Courgettes (Calabacín)

Up To My Ears in Courgettes (Calabacín)

Well, it’s courgette time again and if you’re like me at this time of year I get overloaded with them from very kind neighbours, not just courgettes of course, anything that happens to be in season. I do grow a limited amount of  vegetables myself but I limit them to varieties that don’t require large […]

August 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
The All Too Often Cake Enquiry

The All Too Often Cake Enquiry

A little poem dedicated to all those people looking for a CHEAP celebration cake! ONLY A SPONGE You’re ever so clever – I’ll get you to make for my mother’s birthday a beautiful birthday cake Only a sponge – that’s all I need (‘only a sponge’, I thought, ‘only’ indeed) Make it look pretty, she’d […]

August 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Watermelon Smoothie

Watermelon Smoothie

You don’t often see watermelon smoothies, I think this delicious fruit isn’t used nearly enough in blended fruit drinks. Another twist to my recipe below is to add some ripe strawberries, this makes a nice change. Sandia (Watermelon) Smoothie Ingredients: Approx. 800g Watermelon (Seedless type is easier) 2 Tablespoon Sugar ½ Reasonable sized lemon Sprig […]

August 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
My Secret to Juicy Pork Chops Revealed

My Secret to Juicy Pork Chops Revealed

During my absence from this site quite a few things have changed and on updating certain features it looks like some of my previous posts have disappeared. This was brought to my notice yesterday by a viewer who was looking for this particular article, so here it is again, I hope you find it useful. […]

August 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Have a Cool Refreshing Weekend

Have a Cool Refreshing Weekend

Have a Happy, relaxing weekend! I have just the thing here to help you do just that. The forecast for this weekend here in Southern Spain is for ‘Pretty Hot’ around 46ºC. So definitely, cold, refreshing drinks will be in order. I figure almost everyone loves sangria, so I thought for something a little different – […]

August 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
FREE Chinese Cooking Lessons

FREE Chinese Cooking Lessons

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August 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
To Let You Know I’m Back

To Let You Know I’m Back

Sorry I’ve not been posting here recently, unfortunately this was due a to family illness, however, now my daily routine is settled I find I have a little free time for the occasional post. Thanks for your support and please do keep you comments coming in, it’s those snippets that make it all worthwhile. Regards […]

August 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fresh Ginger Whenever You Need It

Fresh Ginger Whenever You Need It

Fresh root ginger is something I use every week for one thing or another. When I lived in the UK my hometown of Leeds had an abundance of Chinese supermarkets, Asian grocers/ fruit and vegetable shops offering absolutely everything one could imagine. So if one ran out of anything, it was a simple matter of […]

April 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Spring Into Summer with Lamb

Spring Into Summer with Lamb

As spring gets gently underway and the first welcome shoots of green pop through the barren soil we start to think about the traditional foods of the season. One meat that comes to mind is lamb. Lamb has traditionally been a meat used to celebrate various religious and seasonal happenings. Roast leg of lamb is […]

April 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Happy Easter to Everyone

Happy Easter to Everyone

Wishing everyone a very HAPPY EASTER.  Picture of The Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) from my wife Pam’s visit to the Holy Land in 1963

April 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Toaster Ovens, something I thought I would never use

Toaster Ovens, something I thought I would never use

Toaster Ovens, something I thought I would never use Toaster ovens are those wonderful little counter top ovens that you can use when you don’t want to heat up your entire kitchen in the summer or make a quick snack that requires the use of an oven but does not justify the cost of using […]

April 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
Love it or Hate It?

Love it or Hate It?

Hello and welcome to April (NO this is not an April Fool Post) Sorry I’ve not posted for a day or two, been rather busy with a few other things, mainly, hospital visits, dogs to the Vet, organising a local painter to paint the house,  And helping with the finishing touches to a book my […]

March 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
How Safe Are Pressure Cookers

How Safe Are Pressure Cookers

Hi Gillian, thanks for your question, in fact it’s one that I get asked quite frequently. Personally I think pressure cookers are are a superb piece of kitchen equipment and YES I do use one and would not give it up for anything. In fact I still have the one given to me and my […]

March 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
First Day of Spring 2014

First Day of Spring 2014

20th March, The First Day of Spring Good Morning, Welcome to the first day of spring 2014, and what a wonderful day it is, I’ve just returned from a nice brisk walk, much longer than I had planned but on the insistence of my dogs, they seemed to have a different agenda to me! However, […]

March 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
My 4 Easy-to-Grow Herbs Ideal for Small Spaces

My 4 Easy-to-Grow Herbs Ideal for Small Spaces

My 4 Easy-to-Grow Culinary Herbs Ideal for Small Spaces Fresh herbs are almost always the best way to bring the flavours of your dishes to life. Unfortunately, they can be expensive to buy, and they aren’t always in season. Although most supermarkets sell window sill growing pots of herbs, if you’ve tried these you will […]

March 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Chilli Experience

Chilli Experience

Paul’s Tip: I have introduced an ingredient converter on the right hand side of this page Tasty Chilli Although fast food outlets are not really my thing, perhaps it’s because I’ve always been happy cooking myself so I’ve never felt the urge to eat at these type of eateries, however, some time ago on a […]

March 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
CHICKEN MADRILEÑO

CHICKEN MADRILEÑO

Paul’s cooking tips Save the wing tips and make and make some delicious stock. Put them in a pan and cover with plenty of water.  Add chopped carrots, leeks and celery together with any fresh herbs you have to hand. Simmer for 3 hours then strain and freeze for future use. To make a really […]

February 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fresh Egg Noodles

Fresh Egg Noodles

Fresh Egg Noodles Noodles and Pasta dishes are some  of the easiest and tastiest dishes we can enjoy anytime of the year, unfortunately, most of the noodles and pasta available in the supermarkets today are just flour and water, which is fine if you enjoy  a vegan diet. But after tasting the freshly made ‘Egg […]

February 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Do You Drink Diet Coke, Etc? or use Sugar Substitutes?

Do You Drink Diet Coke, Etc? or use Sugar Substitutes?

Diet coke:  zero calories, zero sugar, and zero carbs? I have often wondered how a liquid so flavourful and similar to its calorie-filled sister product, Coke, can possibly have these properties and not be bad for me. How do they do it? The answer: Aspartame. The truth: aspartame is far more dangerous and pricier than […]

February 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pam’s Broccoli and Blue Cheese Soup

Pam’s Broccoli and Blue Cheese Soup

This is a soup my wife and I had for the first time some years ago in an hotel in South Yorkshire, UK. As both broccoli and blue cheese are particular favourites of ours  we decided to give it a go. Well, it duly arrived after a rather extended wait, one had the impression it […]

January 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Chicken Soup For Colds?

Chicken Soup For Colds?

Chicken Soup for Colds? Being brought up in an English city with one of the largest Jewish communities outside London meant a great many of my friends were Jewish and as I grew up, having the bakery there too, saw my circle of friends increase. It was while visiting these friends’ homes over the years […]

January 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
MY CHELSEA BUN RECIPE

MY CHELSEA BUN RECIPE

MY CHELSEA BUN RECIPE This is the professional Chelsea Bun recipe I used in my bakery for 35 years in the UK and 10 years in Spain. In the bakery Chelsea Buns are made in a two step process, first the ferment is made, then the dough. The original recipe calls for ‘sugar nibs’ these […]

January 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cast iron versus Teflon in the kitchen cook-off!

Cast iron versus Teflon in the kitchen cook-off!

You’re probably wondering why I would be comparing cast iron to Teflon cookware, well, the simple truth is, they are both non-stick cookware. And it so happens that one of them is much better for your health, and the environment too, and the other one is something most of you grew accustomed to believing it […]

January 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Smooth, Creamy Sauces Guaranteed

Smooth, Creamy Sauces Guaranteed

Hello everyone, A very Happy New Year to you all, I hope you had a wonderful time over the festive season and enjoyed some delicious food. Thank you for all your Christmas emails and messages, they were very much appreciated. Every year just after Christmas I get many Emails telling me about lumpy or separated sauces […]

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Christmas Frittata

Christmas Frittata

The Frittata is an Italian dish similar to an omelette, but more akin to the Spanish Tortilla. There is always at least one optional ingredient in a frittata and such ingredients are combined with the beaten egg mixture while the eggs are still raw rather than being placed on the partly cooked egg mixture before […]

December 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
News Flash… Christmas Pudding Recall

News Flash… Christmas Pudding Recall

This is mainly of interest to my UK followers although I understand a small quantity of the production was exported   Matthew Walker recalls Christmas puddings 26 November, 2013 Christmas pudding manufacturer Matthew Walker has recalled some of its Edna May Christmas puddings. The precautionary measure was undertaken by the company following signs of mould […]

December 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
Knee Deep in Oranges

Knee Deep in Oranges

  It’s a widely held belief amongst chefs that only lunatics make marmalade. I dare say this is a delusion like so much else. However, over the years I’ve noticed that if ever anyone gives recipes for it, however orthodox, an unusually large number of women seem to write to say they’ve got caught up […]

November 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
One of My Pre-Christmas things to Do

One of My Pre-Christmas things to Do

Roast Shallot and Cranberry Chutney Making your own jams, jellies, chutneys and other preserves is one of the most satisfying ways of storing abundant seasonal fruit and vegetables. Today I spent the morning  making something that has been a pre-Christmas ritual in our house ever since we married, I can’t quite believe it, but that […]

November 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Rabbi and the Suckling Pig

The Rabbi and the Suckling Pig

Some of you may or may not know that I started my working life as a charcuterer (that’s a posh name for a  pork butcher) in the family business in Leeds, England and as I’ve mentioned in other posts we had a large Jewish population in the area. As I was writing this recipe, I […]

November 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cool Nights, Salads & Soufflés

Cool Nights, Salads & Soufflés

Well, it’s November already and the nights are drawing in although still quite nice and sunny during the day, but one can feel the nip in the air after dark. In fact, we awoke to our first frost this morning (Saturday 2nd November) Whilst out doing the weekly shopping this morning, I noticed many of […]

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time writing about, cooking and photographing food, not to mention building 3 websites and a Facebook page too. I do eat well whilst I’m recipe testing (YES, I do test all the recipes posted on my website) but there have been times, when the dining […]

October 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Good Old Yorkshire Parkin

Good Old Yorkshire Parkin

Yorkshire Parkin Just hearing the word Parkin makes my mouth water, I  absolutely adore good old Yorkshire Parkin. For those not familiar with this delicious delicacy,    it’s a strongly-spiced sticky sort of gingerbread-cum-cake  with treacle and dark brown sugar that is traditionally eaten in Yorkshire on Guy Fawkes Night (the fifth of November, aka Bonfire Night) and for me, […]

October 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cheese – Toasted Mostly

Cheese – Toasted Mostly

“Many’s the long night I have dreamed of cheese – toasted mostly” said poor Ben Gunn after being marooned three years on Treasure Island, “and woke up again and here I were … You mightn’t happen to have a piece of cheese about you now?” Poor man, its pathetic isn’t it? To think of him […]

October 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Top Five Baking Mistakes

The Top Five Baking Mistakes

The Top Five Baking Mistakes Every week that goes by a large proportion of my time is taken up mainly with answering questions about failures in the kitchen, so I thought I would pass on to you some of the most common mistakes people make when baking. Over the years as a baker I have […]

October 7, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Add flavour to your food without salt

Add flavour to your food without salt

 Add flavour to your food without salt There’s really nothing healthy about salt. Especially table salt. In some people there is a theory that table salt with iodine is causing thyroid problems for women in midlife. It also has other issues such as contributes to high blood pressure, osteoporosis, asthma, obesity, meniere’s disease, and others. […]

October 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
Not Your Ordinary Scrambled Eggs

Not Your Ordinary Scrambled Eggs

Not Your Ordinary Scrambled Eggs A bit of spice and a handful of herbs is a great combination for  these scrambled eggs. Ingredients: 2 eggs 1 small onion chopped 2 tbsp. oil Salt and pepper to taste A pinch of cayenne pepper 3 Tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped finely 3 Tbsp. mint leaves , chopped finely […]

October 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
Pork, Is It a Healthy Food?

Pork, Is It a Healthy Food?

Healthy Pork Recipes Pork isn’t usually considered to be a healthy meat, but it’s maligned because the truth is, most meat has almost identical fat content today. So, if you like meat, and you like pork, there is no reason not to eat it. Simply choose lean portions (where I live in Spain getting a […]

October 5, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Healthy Seafood Recipes

Healthy Seafood Recipes

Healthy Seafood Recipes Coming into contact with many people as I do via my website, facebook and twitter sites I’ve been really surprised at the number of folk that are wary about preparing seafood. When I enquired why they should feel like that, they nearly all said they thought it would be difficult.  But the […]

October 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
Brownies With A Twist

Brownies With A Twist

A few weeks ago I had an email from a friend in Lahore, Pakistan, she is a great cook and has some wonderful ideas and this was in the email, although I’m not sure if this is one of her own recipes or not. However, when I read the title I though she had made […]

October 4, 2013 | By | Reply More