This dish is a take on the standard Thai chicken curry but for me, it packs more flavour and has a tropical touch. It is based on a recipe from the BBC Good Food magazine and I strongly recommend you to try it! Simple to cook though you need to get all your prep done carefully first so it is all ready to go!
Oil of choice
8 skin on bone in chicken thighs
1 large onion roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves finely chopped
3 cm piece of ginger peeled and grated
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp cumin powder
3 green chillies halved deseeded and finely chopped
200 gm butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cubed
150 gm cauliflower florets broken up
225 gm Basmati rice
Bunch of coriander chopped
2 limes zested and juiced
400 ml coconut milk
400 ml chicken stock
- Heat oven to 200C / 180 c fan. Heat a good splash of oil in a shallow casserole or high sided pan that can go in the oven I use a stoneware one, see pic, which is ideal. Fry chicken thighs skin side down til well coloured then remove and put to one side. They will take on a deeper colour in the oven so do not fret. Fry the onion in the same pan til soft and coloured- add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin and chilli. Cook for 2 minutes, then stir in the cauliflower and squash. Add the rice, half the coriander, the lime zest and half the lime juice and a little seasoning. Put the chicken back in the pan on top skin side up this time! Add a little more black pepper to them.
- Heat the coconut milk and stock together gently til just about to boil then pour this around the chicken. Pop the pan uncovered into the oven for 40 minutes or until the liquid has been more or less absorbed and the rice is as you like it. Remove from the oven and add the remaining lime juice and coriander, mixing it in a little amongst the chicken. Serve and enjoy!
This is a popular first course at my local bar in Malasaña. (Click on the link to see my barrio !)
Alcachofas a plancha con jamón iberico.
It is so easy to replicate at home and really really tasty.
All you need is a good tin of artichokes – if not ready sliced, drain them well and slice. Get around 50 gm to 100 gm of, if possible, jamón iberico diced, if not any decent lardon cubed or even cubed pancetta.
Pan fry the jamón in olive oil for a minute or two then add the artichoke and warm through. No need for seasoning at this point, but taste in case and by all means add a pinch of salt.
Serve and add a few grinds of black pepper and serve with crusty bread.
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Made this the other day for supper and it is absolutley incredible! I got the recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi. He says in the intro ‘This is a variation on the traditional Moroccan harira soup, flavoured in the same way but without the extra carbs that are often added in the form of rice or pasta. Traditionally a meal for breaking the Ramadan fast, this hearty dish is perfect on a cold winter’s evening.’
I cannot tell you how flavoursome this dish is. It is best made the day before in my opinion – the flavours just develop even more incredibly. Please make this as soon as you can. Please!
3 tbsp olive oil 500g cooked chickpeas
1 large onion, cut into 1cm dice
200g lamb neck fillet, cut into 1cm dice
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp caster sugar
1kg tinned chopped tomatoes
1.2 litres chicken stock or water
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
a pinch of saffron strands
100g baby spinach
4 tbsp roughly chopped coriander
salt and black pepper
Add olive oil to a large pan on a medium heat. Add the onion and fry til soft and clear. Increase the heat – add the lamb. Cook for 2-3 minutes until it is sealed and taken on some colour.
Add the tomato purée and sugar and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes.
Add the chopped tomatoes, drained chickpeas, stock and some salt and pepper.
Bring the soup to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer. Cook for 35 – 50 minutes til lamb is tender.
Squeeze the lemon juice into the soup. Season with ground cumin, ginger and saffron.
Taste and adjust the salt and pepper if you wish.
When ready to serve, bring back to the boil. Wash and cut roughly the spinach and coriander and add to the soup just before you bring it to the table. Serve with lots of good bread!
I created this recipe, like so many of us do, to use up some ingredients I had lingering in the fridge and store cupboard. But they had to go with the 2 sea bass filets I had just bought!
Ingredients for 2 to 3
100 gm Giant Cous Cous – I use Merchant Gourmet brand
A little olive oil
1 tulip shallot diced
Half a red pepper thinly sliced
A bunch of flat leaf parsley
400 gm tinned tomatoes
1 red chilli deseeded and sliced thinly
2 sea bass fillets – or any white fish frankly!
A little water
- Cook the cous cous as per the packet instructions – I pan fry them gently in a little olive oil for 5 minutes then add about 100 gm of water and let them simmer gently away for about 15 minutes. Then drain and put to one side.
- In a wok or large saute pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add the chopped shallot, red pepper and chilli. Fry gently til the onion softens and starts to turn a little golden.
- Add the tomatoes and stir. Season to taste.Cook gently for around 20 minutes. til you have a nice velvety sauce.
- Now add the cous cous and stir.
- In a separate frying pan cook the fish in a little olive oil – skin side down first for 2 minutes then gently turn and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from pan and flake away the white meat from the skin and add to the sauce. Gently move it around and then add a handful of chopped parsley.
Simple, I know, but stunning and sexy as fish suppers go!
A perfect wintery lunch! This is one of Nigel Slater’s favourites.
2 large portobello mushrooms, peeled and the stalk removed
3 knifefuls of unsalted butter – about 75 gm
A little water
A pinch of dried thyme
Some crumbled blue stilton – or any blue crumbly cheese really
A handful of chopped walnuts
All you do – pop a casserole dish on a medium heat, add the butter and when it melts add enough water to cover bottom of the dish.
Add the mushrooms, gill side up – obviously! Sprinkle a little thyme onto each.
Pop on a lid and tuen the heat low. Let it bubble away for ten minutes – remove lid and spoon a little of the juice onto each mushroom. Lid goes back on for ten more minutes.
Then remove lid. Take pot off the leat and crumble stilton cheese onto top of each mushroom til the surface is covered. Then add several pieces of chopped walnuts onto each.
Pop back on the heat and whack it up high – after about 5 minutes the stilton will start to melt and the sauce will be bubbling and thickening.
When it has just melted, use a slotted spoon to remove the mushrooms onto a plate and spoon over the juices and any walnuts that have escaped!
See with crusty breadA winter lunch to impress. Can also be used as a side dish to a nice juicy steak!
A fabulous combination! And a great way to use up left over chicken…oh and one of my very favourite vegetables!
1 fennel bulb – trimmed and cut roughly into 3 or 4 chunks.
1 tulip shallot – or a small onion if not available
1 litre of chicken stock
A pinch of saffron
A pinch or two of smoked paprika
A clove of garlic crushed
About 100 gm left over chicken meat – no skin
A little olive oil
50 gm unsalted butter
50 ml milk – optional
Pop the fennel chunks in a food processor with the shallot and whizz until well shredded. Heat the oil and butter in a pan and when warm add the fennel and onion. Pan fry gently for about ten minutes until the fennel becomes soft.
Add the garlic. Stir for another minute or two. Pour in the chicken stock and add the saffron and paprika.
Put a lid on and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Pop the chicken in the food processor and whizz until broken down. Add to the soup.
Simmer for a further 15 minutes with the lid off.
You could now add the milk – or cream if you want to be remarkably indulgent (!) – and simmer for another minute – then remove from the heat , and blend down gently with a stick blender.
Serve with warm crusty bread!
I promise you, this is full of fabulous flavours!
A Fabulous Melange of Green leaves, Salmon and Giant Cous Cous!
Simplicity itself! Arrange salad leaves of your choosing on a large platter. Pan fry 100 gm of giant cous cous in a little olive oil for about 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Then add 200 ml of cold water. Add pinch of cumin seeds and a pinch of smoked paprika and simmer for about 20 minutes stirring often. You may need to top up the water a little if it starts to dry out. Once it is ready leave to one side to cool then spread over your salad leaves. Add a couple of hot smoked salmon fillets broken up. Then add a few dashes of balsamic vinegar and mix gently.
You could always use lentils if you cannot get hold of any giant cous cous.
A great summer light lunch!