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…

Easy lunch: Medallion chilli noodles

It’s lunchtime on a weekend and you’re looking to use up those last few remaining slices of bacon. Instead of a bacon buttie or some pasta and sauce, here’s an easy alternative which will help you use up some of your cupboard or kitchen left overs. Serves two 350g bacon medallions, diced 1 red chilli, deseeded…

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…

Artisan Grocer Chilli Sauces

Hope you are having a great start to 2017! I’ve be absent over Christmas because a lot has been going on besides all the usual festivities, including getting engaged! I’m happy now to get back into this blog and continue bringing you recipes and reviews. To start the new year, I’ve reviewed one of my…

5 Christmas ideas for chilliheads!

Wondering what to get for a chilli-loving friend or family member? Here’s some ideas. The cooking enthusiast Got a loved one who loves exploring different flavours and trying new things in the kitchen? Something like this Punjabi Curry Kit from The Scotia Spice Cookery School may go down well. It includes tips and techniques, as well…