Review: Sushi Nara, Guildford

Sushi is fast becoming my favourite food right now, but it wasn’t until I visited a real sushi restaurant on Friday that I learn’t just how unfamiliar I was with this Japanese cuisine. Yes, I have enjoyed many a supermarket sushi box, but for many, that’s  not considered ‘real sushi’. That’s why when I booked…

Turmeric risotto

Serves 2 1 tbsp butter 1 tsp olive oil 1/2 white onion, chopped 175g risotto rice 65ml white wine 1/2 tsp turmeric 600ml chicken stock 25g parmesan Melt the butter and oil together in a large saucepan. Gently fry the onion until soft and then tip in the rice. Stir to coat and cook for…

Quick and easy lunch: Spicy chicken pitta

Serves 2 2 chicken breasts 2 tbsp piri piri sauce ( I used Nandos medium as I was making for someone less spice tolerant but you will probably like to try their hot or extra hot) 2 wholemeal pittas 150g coleslaw Preheat the grill. Cut the chicken breast into chunks and combine well with the…

Review: Giggling Squid – Warwick

On a recent mini holiday to the historic town of Warwick, I went for a delicious Thai meal at the Giggling Squid on The High Street. I have to admit, I was originally drawn to the name as we drove past, which did create a few chuckles. And yes, squid is on the menu. I…

Review: Flaming Charcoal Cheese

In my second review of Blacks Cheese, bought from Highclere Country Fayre, i’m looking at a very unusual cheese. It’s not just coated in black wax, the cheese underneath is black too and is one of three types of all black, charcoal cheddar available. The creamy mature cheddar plus cayenne chilli and charcoal is a…

Review: Jalapeno and Lime Mature Cheddar

Today I’m reviewing one of two unique cheeses bought at the Highclere Country Fayre from Blacks Cheese. Look out for the hard-to-miss all black chilli charcoal cheese I’ll be reviewing next week! Blacks Cheese Jalapeno and Lime Mature Cheddar This zesty little cheese is made from green chillies, red chillies, green chilli flakes and lime…

Review: Beeware Honeyed Chilli & Garlic Sauce

I’ve been trying out a lot of new products recently and I’ll try to do as many reviews as possible over the coming weeks. First up is Beeware Honeyed Chilli & Garlic Sauce. Although I was naturally attracted to this dark red sauce because of its chilli contents, the makers of this sauce specialize mainly…

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…