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Beef Bourguigon Style

Beef Bourguigon Style

A mixture of different versions of Beef Bourguigon recipes which I find works best for me. I am not a lover of carrot which is in most recipes but not one from James Martin who I trust because he trained in France. Ingredients 500 gms […]

Valdepenas Wines

Valdepenas Wines

Valdepenas is a wine-producing zone in the south of Castilla-La Mancha, central Spain. It is almost entirely surrounded by the larger La Mancha region. Valdepenas takes its name from the ancient city of the same name that lies in a sunbaked river valley dotted with small rocky formations – […]

Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs.

Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs.

A firm favourite for my wife and myself on Christmas Day for a mid morning breakfast. Simple recipe put togther in minutes. In the recipe below I list bagels. Buttered toast works just as well or even do without bread or bagels. Ingredients 2 bagels […]

Broccoli and Mushroom Noodles

Broccoli and Mushroom Noodles

This is a combination of recipes from over the years, but the basic recipe came from my tutor at Chinese cooking evening classes back in the 1980’s. Ingredients 250g lardons 1 vegetable stock cube 2 nests medium egg noodles 1 small head broccoli, broken into florets […]

Classic Paella

Classic Paella

There are many different types and styles of Paella and each region in Spain has their own way of making it. This one is our favourite seafood paella recipe complete with chicken pieces, fire roasted peppers and beautiful flavours infused into the rice while it cooks! Ingredients […]

Liver, Bacon and Onions

Liver, Bacon and Onions

Liver, bacon and onions. Love it or hate it.  As a child, I hated it. Now I’m all grown up, this happens to be one of my favourite meals. It’s strange how our taste changes over time. My mother used to make this mid-week when I […]

Five-Spice Roast Chicken Drumsticks

Five-Spice Roast Chicken Drumsticks

Chinese five spice powder is an Asian spice mix that usually contains star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds. As with anything, there are variations, even when you buy the spice mix pre-made. Ginger, nutmeg, turmeric and even orange peel can show up in […]

Cooking Hints

Cooking Hints

Do Not Refrigerate Did you know that if you keep cucumbers, tomatoes and green peppers out of the refrigerator they will keep fresh longer. Easily Break Down Poultry A butcher’s trick for breaking down poultry: First, separate the legs from the body. Next, separate drumsticks from […]

Barbecued Prawns with Lemon, Parsley and Garlic

Barbecued Prawns with Lemon, Parsley and Garlic

This photograph was taken in Sardinia while we were eating out on holiday. What I try to do is match what I think are the ingredients to an Internet recipe.  I think this one makes a pretty good match. Ingredients 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 […]

Chicken, Mushroom and Bacon Pie

Chicken, Mushroom and Bacon Pie

Nothing is more delicious on a rainy winters night than a tasty pie and this chicken, mushroom and bacon pie takes longer to cook and than a more conventional version, but the flavour is still SO good. Great winter comfort food for a few, or […]