Product review: Flava-It Ghost Chilli Marinade

Flava-It Ghost Chilli Marinade is a dry marinade that can be added to all meats, but is particularly well-suited to marinading chicken and veg for fajitas! When I saw ‘Ghost chilli’ I was slightly worried the marinade would be too hot for anyone else eating my fajitas, but as the packet says, this family owned British…

Spicy quinoa and prawns

  Serves 2 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 onion, finely chopped 2 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 tsp of hot sauce (I used Blazin’ Saddle) 190g uncooked quinoa 500ml vegetable stock 225g raw prawns 2 tbsp lemon juice Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion, 1 clove of chopped garlic and cook until soft….

Spicy Irish beef and Guinness stew

This recipe is inspired by my recent trip to Ireland and a packet of crisps, to be precise. I went to Dublin to visit family and whilst there we visited the Guinness Factory – a must for tourists. It’s a great place to go and takes you through the history and process of brewing, and…

Growing update: Where are my plants?

Doesn’t the picture look perfect? My own little indoor garden – chillies and herbs. Well, I was proud of myself afterwards…but that was two weeks ago. Still no sign of plant. Usually there’s a little bit of something poking through by now but nothing. I’m hopeful something will show up in the next week otherwise…

Berlin: Search for currywurst

  Germany doesn’t automatically strike me as a place bursting with spicy and ‘exciting’ foods (let’s face it, you could say the same about Britain). When I think of German food I picture cold hams, cheese and sausages but like most western European countries, traditional cuisine has had an Eastern influence. Unbeknownst to me, Berlin has a…

Healthy, easy spicy chicken stir-fry

I’m away for the next week so here’s a quick and simple recipe that came in handy late one evening.  Serves 2 1tbsp coconut oil 1 garlic clove, chopped 3 inch ginger, cut into long slivers 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped 1 red onion, chopped 200g chicken breast, sliced 60g asparagus, sliced 100g mangetout 2tbsp…

Product of the week: The Spice Tailor

Everyone’s entitled to an easy ready-meal every once in a while and my go-to easy meal is curry. But let’s face it. Curry sauces from a bottle never taste as good as a curry you made from scratch unless you go a little more ‘upmarket’. I was wandering aimlessly around my local supermarket, looking for a…

Brewing (chilli) ginger beer

When I first stumbled upon Plants From Seed I was browsing for gifts for Secret Santa. These unique, do-it-yourself gifts seemed to fit the bill pretty well, so I ordered the ‘Make your own ginger beer (with chilli) kit’. I had no idea whether the person I was buying for was into chilli or even…

Paprika burgers and spicy sweet potato fries

March has been a very busy month already. This is the month I plan to start working on my new gardening (I’ve never had a garden before!) and I also have a few indoor planting projects to get working on, include chilli and sweet pepper plants. I’m also currently in the process of brewing my…

Turkey sausage jambalaya

My new year’s resolution this year (the same previous year’s) was to eat more healthily, and this year I’ve actually been trying to stick to it. I’ve already spoken about my new quinoa fad but I’ve also recently discovered the delights of turkey. There’s turkey bacon, turkey ham and turkey sausage – which I’ve used…

Scorpion stuffed peppers

So I’m still very much into this whole quinoa craze (despite only realising it’s pronounced ‘Keen-wa’ a few days ago). I’ve been having it for lunch, a side for dinner or as an alternative for meat. Now I’m stuffing it into my veggies! But it was time to make quinoa a bit more exciting so…

Asian mince lettuce wraps

  Healthier than a regular wrap but packed full of flavour. Serves 4 500g lean beef mince 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 red pepper, finely chopped 1/2 onion, finely chopped 1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 120ml hoisin sauce 2tbsp soy sauce Salt and pepper 200g can sliced water chestnuts 200g brown rice 3…