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…

Spicy chicken thighs and veggie stew

This week in the world of food I’ve been shopping for sauces and picked up this bottle of Habanero Hot Sauce from the Wiltshire Chilli Farm. I’m looking forward to trying it with some dishes soon. My chilli plant has also begun flowering and I’m off to another food festival tomorrow: Mapledurham Food & Craft Festival…

Chef Mimi blog : Hawaiian poke

I’m looking forward to trying this out. Today I went on the hunt for a restaurant serving poke in London but, sadly, all the Hawaiian eateries were closed. If you know somewhere in London or surrounding areas comment or tweet me! Hawaiian Poke – http://wp.me/p2FWa9-5A1

Mustard fit for a Tudor?

I missed posting last week due to birthday events so this week I’m giving this midweek review of something a little different. It’s dawned on me that, as a Brit, I have failed to cover one of the most popular hot condiments in this country. On Friday I went to Hampton Court Palace, in Richmond upon Thames,…

Cheese and Chilli Festival: a winning combination

Last week I went to the highly anticipated Cheese & Chilli Festival in Guildford. With a large assortment of cheese and chilli what’s not to love? One of the newest and most interesting products I came across was chilli caramel. Perfect for topping ice cream which is something I could have really done with in…

Spicy Jambalaya

Not sure what it’s like where you are but things have got a lot hotter over here. The sun is shining,  the temperatures climbing but unfortunately I haven’t had time to fully enjoy it yet. I’m hoping the sun stays out a little longer – fingers crossed – at least until tomorrow when I got to…

Chilli chicken stew

Serves 2 2 chicken breasts 1tbsp butter 60g seasoned flour 2 red onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1 red chilli, sliced 1tsp smoked paprika 1tsp tomato puree 500ml chicken stock Dry the chicken breasts with kitchen roll and then coat with seasoned flour. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the chicken….

Tofu and pepper curry

I’ve been trying out some vegan alternatives recently, such as almond milk instead of cow’s milk or tofu instead of meat. The interest in vegan food has really taken off in the last year with vegan festivals, shops, blogs and Instagram accounts springing up all over the place. It’s something I’ve been trying to incorporate…