Czech for chillies!

I’ve just returned from Prague, Czech Republic, after a mini break away and I’m missing this vibrant city already. It is a very picturesque place, with lots to see and do. As with most of my trips, this holiday centered around historical attractions, food and drink. Typical dishes in Czech involve cabbage, meat – typically…

Hot sauce review!

I have three new hot sauces to share with you, bought over from the states to add to my collection. They are: Cholula Hot Sauce Original, El Yucateco Green Habanero Hot Sauce and Tapatio Hot Sauce. Tapatio Hot Sauce This was my favourite of the three. It’s dark red in colour and lists water, red peppers, salt, spices…

Creamy red pepper and chilli pasta sauce 

Serves 1 1 red pepper, cut in half and remove seeds 50g-75g spaghetti 1dsp chilli oil 1tsp chopped garlic 1 small red onion, finely chopped Half a red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 150ml milk 1tbsp flour Seasoning Cook the red pepper halves under the grill until skin slightly charred. Meanwhile, cook the pasta to the packet…

Spicy pumpkin wedges

Happy Halloween weekend! I’m just getting ready to put my costume on for tonight’s party, but fancied a quick snack beforehand. Luckily there’s always some leftover pumpkin in the fridge around this time of year so I’ve cooked up some quick and easy spicy wedges. 1/2 small pumpkin 2tbsp chilli oil 1/2tsp dried coriander 1/2tsp oregano 1/2tsp…

Spicy cauliflower and quinoa bowl

Here’s another easy and healthy spicy lunch recipe.  Serves 1 1/4 cauliflower, cut into florets 1 tbsp chilli oil 40g raw quinoa (to save time you can use ready to eat quinoa as well) 1 small red onion, finely chopped Large handful of spinach 1 tbsp vegetable oil For dressing: 1 tbsp tahini paste Juice of 1/4…

Spicy mushroom puffs

Autumn and winter is all about comfort food and hot pastry with a spicy filling is my ‘go to’. Makes 8 1tbsp chilli oil 1 red onion, finely chopped 1tsp chilli paste 3 tsp finely chopped garlic 100g cherry tomatoes, halved 1/4tsp cumin 1/4tsp garam masala Salt 150g mushrooms, halved 320g puff pastry ready-rolled Egg, beaten…

Review: The Old Thai House, Camberley

  Since I moved almost a year ago I’ve been struggling to find a new local Thai, Chinese or Indian restaurant. Sadly a lot of the ones in Sandhurst where I live have poor hygiene ratings, which is one of the first things I check along with reviews. Next to Sandhurst is the town of Camberley…

Turmeric and chilli alternative pesto

Inspired by a suggestion in BBC Good Food magazine of homemade pesto made with turmeric, yellow bell peppers and macadamia nuts – I decided to add a spicy twist. The result was this bright yellow spicy pesto pasta sauce. A bit different to your usual pesto, but definitely hits the spot. Serves 2 2 yellow bell…

Perfect lunch: Slow cooker butternut squash soup

Use a slow cooker to cook this soup overnight and eat for lunch the next day. Three servings 1 tbsp olive oil 1 red onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp salt 720ml vegetable stock 410g butternut squash 1 dried red chilli 1/2 tsp lime zest 1 tbsp lime juice Heat the…

Kimchi: first attempt

Korean food is growing in popularity around the world and you can’t talk about Korean food without mentioning Kimchi. Kimchi is a traditional dish of fermented vegetables which comes in many different varieties. It often includes cabbage, spring onions  and various spices. The mixture is stored in jars to ferment. I’ve never tried kimchi so this…

Prawn and white wine risotto with chilli

Summer is drawing to a close. Pretty soon we’ll have pumpkin soup and stodgy stews to look forward to. I think a seafood risotto is a cross between don’t ya think? The fresh fish flavour reminding us of the beach and sea, and then the comforting warmth of the thick risotto. Serves 2 2tbsp chilli…

Mapledurham food fest – yes, I’d like more chillies with that

:The summer holiday is nearing an end, which also means we’re nearing the end of food festival season. Last week I attended what I believe will probably be my last food fest of the year and I choose a festival that was aimed at all foodie fans. Mapledurham House is an Elizabethan stately home in a…