Hot and Spicy Chili Senza Carne

I had a real hankering for a hot chili yesterday, we’d already bought a big bag of tortilla chips and I had some beautiful hot red chillis just screaming to be used, so I put them to good use in this chili senza carne (chili without meat), I even flung in some jalapenos at the end just for good measure! This chili has a great kick to it and would go great with a nice big dollop of homemade guacamole. You could make a big pot of this and keep the left overs for dinner another day, the flavours will […]

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Deliriously Decadent Chocolate Almond Fudge Cakes

I was just messing about in the kitchen yesterday and looking to jazz up my dark choc chip cupcakes, which I LOVE by the way, but wanted to see if I could alter them slightly, so I thought I’d make them slightly more dense, less cupcake, more brownie I suppose. I didn’t expect them to come out so “fudgey” and I’m delighted with the result. You don’t even need to make them into separate cakes, like I’ve done, you could just pop all the mixture into a lined baking tray and slice into squares if it’s easier for you. I […]

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Lentil & Fava Bean Bolognese, ready in under half an hour.

You can’t beat an easy “go to” pasta dish when you need something quick for dinner, just go through your cupboards and fridge and see that you’ve got and try and incorporate it into your pasta recipe, so for me this included some fava bean and lentils and it was just lovely, especially with some left over sliced black olives on top… was yummy! You could use lots of other cupboard staples like chickpeas (garbanzo beans) black eye peas, kidney beans, butter beans etc just use what you have in (not baked beans though!!!). We picked up some whole-wheat tagliatelle […]

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Bhindi Bhaji with Mushroom Biryani (Okra Curry)

ooooooh!!!! Very excited to share this… I’ve tried to make a biryani before but it just didn’t quite turn out right, that is until last night. I took a little leaf out of my risotto recipe and made some modifications to cooking the rice and it worked an absolute treat, I am so pleased! I also managed a pretty decent Bhindi Bhaji (Okra/Lady’s Fingers curry), the only thing I would do next time is to cook it a bit longer so that the okra can really take on the flavours, but apart from that it was delicious. Not sure our […]

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Delicious Fig & Oat Squares, enjoy for breakfast or dessert.

All the beautiful fruits are coming out and I am having a field day adding them to my recipes. I got some fresh figs, which I love to eat au naturale, but I thought about popping them into some kind of dessert or snack, so I made these fig & oat squares. They aren’t too sweet which makes these ideal to have for a quick breakfast or like us for dessert along with a nice cup of coffee. Just been out shopping and was hoping to find some tamarind, I still haven’t found any on this island, so I’m going […]

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Lemon Herbed Risotto with French Beans and Red Kidney Beans topped with Grilled Okra and Garlic Sauteed Portobello Mushrooms.

I can’t say it any plainer, this dish is lush! The risotto is baked in the oven and it’s bursting with earthy delicious flavours that will send you back for seconds and thirds! I was going to do the dish with grilled asparagus, but the fruit market was out, so made a last minute change to okra (which I think are called Lady’s finger in the US), so glad I did, okra takes on flavours really well and is so easy to cook. I’m already thinking ahead to tomorrow as I fancy having a go at a Bhindi Bhaji, it’s […]

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