Friday, 23 January 2015

moules frites en estilo español.


i remember the first time i tried moules frites on a family holiday in my early teens. we'd rented out a lovely little cottage near le havre in the north of france, along with the car and bikes especially for exploring. one day we took a trip to the seaside town of fécamp; with sail boats dancing along the windy pier and row upon row of blackboards. except instead of fish and chips etched in black and white like on the other side of the channel, they were lovingly dishing out moules et frites

in fact originating in belgium and hailed as their national dish, the classic creamy moules marinière is loved by the french and europeans alike. this traditional recipe is a medley of luxurious cream, white wine, shallots, garlic and fresh parsley. since mussels are such a versatile ingredient, i wanted to experiment with a recipe inspired by their spanish cousin. taking the flavours from the timeless paella, the moules are infused by smokey chorizo and the frites have a paprika patatas bravas twist.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

spicing it up with seasoned pioneers.


spice up your life with seasoned pioneers blends from around the world. from mexican to moroccan and fenugreek to five spice, the lovely lot over at sp pride themselves on authentic mixes, individual ingredients and gourmet cooking sauces. they even come with a spice rating, from mild and sultry right through to explosive and even volcanic. their words, not mine. here's how i got on with a handful of their herbs and spices...

Monday, 19 January 2015

lasan, birmingham.


mixing seasonal produce, delicate presentation and well selected flavours, lasan offers a fine dining experience of indian cuisine. along with a whole host of culinary accolades, birmingham's lasan is hailed as gordon ramsey's best indian restaurant. whether you're looking for light lunch with well paired wine or an indulgent seven course indian banquet, chef aktar and his team of welcoming staff bring a whole host of dishes inspired by indian street food right through to superior techniques worthy of those coveted stars.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

(out of this) galaxy popping candy brownies.


looking for something sweet and a little bit supersonic? indulge in this little bites of the solar system, made with creamy galaxy chocolate, pop rocks popping candy and a shimmer of edible glitter. i wish i could say there was a seasonal reason for these, but i was just feeling a little starry eyed and wanted to experiment with a popping candy brownie recipe. you may be pleased to know they're gluten free too. fancy catching the recipe? let's blast off!