Entries tagged chilli

May 6th, 2013

Quince & lamb meatballs


A variation on a recipe from Jerusalem. I had planned to make quinces stuffed with lamb, but the quinces we had some codling moth damage, so I cut off the usable bits and made meatballs in quince sauce instead. The meatballs had a wonderful flavour from the allspice and ginger, and the quinces had a […]

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August 12th, 2012

Very slow roasted leg of lamb, with stovetop carrots and tzatziki


Another great one for winter. The butcher had some lovely “easy carve” legs of lamb (which means most of the bone has been removed), so this is what I tried. It would work just as well (or probably even better) with lamb shoulder or just some shanks. This recipe is a conglomeration of years of […]

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July 1st, 2012

Pulled-pork tacos


More tacos! No story to go with this one: I made these quite a while ago, finally got round to loading the photo from my camera. I think I rubbed the pork belly with salt, cinnamon and paprika and slow-roasted it (160ºC) for around 3 hours: the rest of the ingredients were fresh. I’ve discovered […]

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January 29th, 2012

Leek and gorgonzola pizza


I used to always make my own pizza bases when making pizza. Now I rarely do. Mostly it’s a time thing — we tend to eat pizza on a tired weeknight when we can’t think of what else to have. Luckily, our nearby gourmet supermarket sells some good quality, pre-made wood fired pizza bases. Not […]

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January 8th, 2012

Rice vermicelli with minced chicken, chilli, bamboo, basil and other things


I can’t vouch for the authenticity of this “Thai” dish, but I can vouch for the flavour. There is something about the combination of chicken, Thai basil, chilli and sweet soy that is just really good. So: here is my attempt at Almost a Recipe. (I say almost because I’m not really very specific with […]

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July 3rd, 2011

Coconut chicken curry


I haven’t made curry for a while – I was quite happy with this one. I have this problem that I never remember exactly what spices and/or quantities of spices I put in my curries, so I can never re-create them. Even with this one, I just used a random collection of things from the […]

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January 21st, 2011

Chilli? Burritos? Tacos? I never know what to call Mexican food…


I’ve been getting in to Mexican food lately (especially after eating at the excellent Los Amates), but having never been to Mexico, I don’t have any real conception of what makes “authentic” Mexican food or even what you are supposed to call things. Our local gourmet supermaket now stocks these delicious tinned chiptole chillies in […]

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December 17th, 2010

Various mezze


Roast baby carrots with lemon juice, cumin and paprika; pan fried asparagus; grilled zucchini with chilli flakes and coriander seeds; saucisson seche from La Parisienne Pates. The choice of vegetables was just what we had left in the fridge from a market trip last weekend. The combination of coriander seeds and chilli flakes on the […]

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November 21st, 2010

“Tandoori” chicken with accompaniments


I put tandoori in quotes because it is actually a cooking method (roasting in a tandoor oven), not a flavouring per se. But the commercial paste that I used said “Tandoori” (Ferns brand) so who am I to judge? In addition to the paste, I rubbed the chicken with some crushed onion, garlic, fresh coriander, […]

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November 21st, 2010

Potato curry


This is food from my childhood. I remember mum making curries like this – they would always start with onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin and turmeric frying in a pan, then whatever else (vegetables, meat, spices) that were handy. I didn’t have any turmeric in the cupboard, but I did have some saffron, so I […]

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