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…

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….

Creamy red pepper and chilli pasta sauce 

Serves 1 1 red pepper, cut in half and remove seeds 50g-75g spaghetti 1dsp chilli oil 1tsp chopped garlic 1 small red onion, finely chopped Half a red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 150ml milk 1tbsp flour Seasoning Cook the red pepper halves under the grill until skin slightly charred. Meanwhile, cook the pasta to the packet…

Turmeric and chilli alternative pesto

Inspired by a suggestion in BBC Good Food magazine of homemade pesto made with turmeric, yellow bell peppers and macadamia nuts – I decided to add a spicy twist. The result was this bright yellow spicy pesto pasta sauce. A bit different to your usual pesto, but definitely hits the spot. Serves 2 2 yellow bell…

Prawn and white wine risotto with chilli

Summer is drawing to a close. Pretty soon we’ll have pumpkin soup and stodgy stews to look forward to. I think a seafood risotto is a cross between don’t ya think? The fresh fish flavour reminding us of the beach and sea, and then the comforting warmth of the thick risotto. Serves 2 2tbsp chilli…

Spicy chicken thighs and veggie stew

This week in the world of food I’ve been shopping for sauces and picked up this bottle of Habanero Hot Sauce from the Wiltshire Chilli Farm. I’m looking forward to trying it with some dishes soon. My chilli plant has also begun flowering and I’m off to another food festival tomorrow: Mapledurham Food & Craft Festival…

Cheese and Chilli Festival: a winning combination

Last week I went to the highly anticipated Cheese & Chilli Festival in Guildford. With a large assortment of cheese and chilli what’s not to love? One of the newest and most interesting products I came across was chilli caramel. Perfect for topping ice cream which is something I could have really done with in…

Spicy Jambalaya

Not sure what it’s like where you are but things have got a lot hotter over here. The sun is shining,  the temperatures climbing but unfortunately I haven’t had time to fully enjoy it yet. I’m hoping the sun stays out a little longer – fingers crossed – at least until tomorrow when I got to…

Chilli chicken stew

Serves 2 2 chicken breasts 1tbsp butter 60g seasoned flour 2 red onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1 red chilli, sliced 1tsp smoked paprika 1tsp tomato puree 500ml chicken stock Dry the chicken breasts with kitchen roll and then coat with seasoned flour. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the chicken….

Tofu and pepper curry

I’ve been trying out some vegan alternatives recently, such as almond milk instead of cow’s milk or tofu instead of meat. The interest in vegan food has really taken off in the last year with vegan festivals, shops, blogs and Instagram accounts springing up all over the place. It’s something I’ve been trying to incorporate…

Spicy chicken biryani

Serves 2 3 chicken thighs, skin on 1/2 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 tsp ginger, chopped 1 tbsp natural yoghurt 1/4 tsp turmeric 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 green chilli, chopped 1 red onion, chopped 1 stick of cinnamon 2 cardamon pods 1 bay leaf 1 pinch of scorpion chilli powder 200g brown basmati rice…

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….