Turkish eggs

A breakfast for champs… Serves 2 1/2 red chilli, deseeded and sliced 1 tbsp butter 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 150g Greek yogurt 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 tbsp cider vinegar 2 eggs Sumac and dried coriander Melt the butter in a pan with the chilli on a very low heat. Meanwhile, mix the garlic, yogurt and…

Mexican veggie brekkie

For a healthy start to the day, try this Mexican-inspired bean and veggie dish. Serves 2 2 spring onion, sliced 1 large tomato, diced Small pack of coriander, chopped 1 lime, juiced 400g can kidney beans in chilli sauce 50g frozen spinach 2 eggs 1 avocado To make the salsa, put the spring onion, tomato,…

Review of Hot Piri-Piri from Mannys Sauces

Last week, I was enjoying my Bank Holiday weekend and decided to walk into town to do some shopping. I didn’t realise that a food market, the first I’ve come across this year, had just opened. There is nothing greater than stumbling across a food market you didn’t know was there. Immediately I headed for…

Cheats’ paella recipe using Creative Cook Paella Paste

I had some left over chorizo and half a pot of Creative Cook Mediterranean Paella Paste so I thought I’d try out a cheat recipe inspired from Good Food’s April issue. It’s missing a few typical paella ingredients but it’s super simple and super tasty. The paste has a smoky flavour with paprika, garlic & saffron….

Chilli, tomato and bacon soup

It feels so good to chill out with a nice bowl of soup when everything else feels manic right now. Serves 4 2tbsp rapeseed oil 1 red onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried coriander 1tbsp tomato puree 4 slices of bacon, chopped…

Teriyaki meatballs noodle bowl

March can’t decide what season it’s in right now. One minute it’s freezing, the next it’s BBQ weather. Meanwhile, I’m indoors with a bit of a sore throat as I finally seem to have caught the winter bug. This easy lunch was great comfort food and filled me up right until dinner time. Serves 2…

Lunch at Chiquito’s

I did something today that I don’t think I’ve ever done before…I dined alone at a restaurant. The story behind this isn’t sad. I wasn’t stood up or anything. I was simply hungry and I love Mexican food. I’d walked past Chiquito in The Atrium, Camberley, many times but never before had the chance to…

Spicy mackerel pate

If you’re planning a dinner party and wantt something ‘classy’ and light to begin with, this is a quick and easy starter to share.  Serves 4 130g smoked mackerel 2tbsp horseradish 180g cream cheese 1 lemon, zested and juiced Half a packet of dill, roughly chopped Remove any skin from the mackerel. Break the rest of…

Scotch bonnet spiced rice with aubergine

Serves 2 200g rice 200g chopped tomatoes 1/2 red pepper, roughly chopped 1/2 white onion 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 Scotch bonnet, cut in half and deseeded 1tbsp vegetable oil 1 bay leaf Pinch of thyme 1/2tsp of cayenne pepper, paprika and cumin 1tbsp tomato puree 1tbsp coconut oil 1 large aubergine or 4…

Creamy curried leek and potato soup

Feel like the  cold weather is getting to you? Soup is the answer! Serves 4 1tbsp vegatable oil 1 large leek. sliced 4 shallots, sliced 1 baking potato, peeled and cubed 1tbsp medium/hot curry power 1/2tsp cayenne pepper 1.2L veg stock 150ml creme fraiche Seasoning Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the…

Top spicy food trends for 2017

Here are some of the top spicy food trends predicted to take off in 2017 Veganism Are you doing Veganuary? The growing popularity of vegan food is everywhere with many claiming it’s a healthier and a more sustainable diet. The big concern many people have is a lack of choice or that their food will…

UK Chilli Festivals 2017

Please get in touch on Twitter if you know a festival that should be listed @TheChilliPad1 22nd April The Blackpool Chilli Festival 2017 St Johns Square, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 3NX Free https://blackpool.fsd.org.uk/kb5/blackpool/fsd/event.page?id=hrJRCtIzp90 10th June Merthyr Chilli Fiesta Penderyn Square, outside the old town hall CF47 8UX Free http://www.chillifest.net 17th June Reading Chilli Festival Market Place, Reading Free http://www.readingchillifest.co.uk…