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…

Spicy food trends for 2016

Last year it was all about the ramen and turmeric. What’s going to be big in 2016? Soups are in! I’ve been making soups for years but according to food experts soups will be the new smoothies in 2016. Go out and get yourself a blender or even splash out on a soup maker now…

Stuffed peppers

  An easy health snack for parties or just when you’re feeling peckish. Mini peppers (as many as you like, each pepper makes two) 120g cream cheese 1/4 onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 teaspoon chilli flakes 1/2 shredded mozzarella cheese Pinch of salt Preheat your oven to 180C. Cut the peppers in half and remove…

New look, new sauces

  So you may have noticed a bit of a change with The Chilli Pad. It’s undergone a makeover! I’m hoping to make more changes in the coming weeks but I’d love to know your views so please leave a comment on this post if you like or dislike and what else you would like…

Dates for your diary

The UK chilli festival calendar is already beginning to fill up. Keep checking this page updates on the chilli festivals near you. Pleasw get in touch on Twitter if you know a festival that should be listed @TheChilliPad1 23rd April Blackpool Chilli Fiesta St Johns Square, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 3NX Free http://www.chillifest.net 21st May Wellingborough Chilli…

Hot noodle soup

Happy new year! This is the first meal I’ve cooked in my new home and I hope it helps warm you up in January. Serves 2 2tsp vegetable oil 80g white mushrooms, sliced 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced 500ml chicken stock made with half a stock cube 1tbsp light soy sauce 1/2tsp ground ginger…

Sausage and quinoa chilli

This will be my last post of 2015 so firstly I’d like to wish you a merry Christmas and happy New Year. I’m moving house in the next few days and so my Christmas is going to be particularly busy and I’d like to come back in 2016 feeling refreshed and ready to give you…

Chorizo and bean pasta sauce with Pequin chillies

      I’ve received my first Christmas present of the year (I think everyone is aware that I’m chilli obsessed). This is the first time I’ve tried pequin chillies and I’ve never seen peppers so tiny. I’ve been adding these small hot chillies whole to the frying pan whenever I’m cooking. They release a hot…

Gifts for chilli lovers

It’s that time of year again! I don’t know about you but I worry a lot about present buying. I always wonder if I’ve got it right. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this dilemma. So if people are stuck for ideas for you or you’re stuck for your chilli loving friends hopefully…

Chilli and onion bhajis

Accompany a great curry with your own homemade chilli and onion bhajis. Makes 4 1 red onion, sliced 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced 1 egg, beaten 70g plain flour 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp turmeric 2 tsp dried coriander Vegetable oil Fry the onions and chilli in some oil until soft. Leave to cool…