Ingredient Archives: Chilli

Shrimp, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Shrimp, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

A fine combination for a blisteringly hot day. Too bad today is grey and mithery, but one can hope for better, warmer days soon. In the meantime, this salad is a fabulous mix of flavours and textures.

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Grilled Monkfish and Chard Tagine with a Simple Fennel Salad

Grilled Monkfish and Chard Tagine with a Simple Fennel Salad

After a good thanksgiving week of overindulgence I think we all crave a little bit of clean tasting food. Much as I love turkey with all the trimmings and its resulting tryptophan food coma, I need to have something lighter and sharp soon afterwards. But it’s still cold and wintry here, so hearty food is […]

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baked eggplant

Baked Eggplant with Tomatoes, Chillies, Mozzarella and Mint

Baked eggplant might sound at first blush like a depressingly bland affair. But once you have tried this wonderful marriage of succulent pillowy soft eggplant with sharp tomatoes; spicy heat playing off cooling mint and calming mozzarella I think you will change your mind. The simplicity of the making the dish belies the complexity of […]

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tomato sauce

Tomato Sauce — A simple recipe for a cornerstone sauce

  In a few week’s time our glorious tomato season will be over. So this week I want to do something a little different and introduce a recipe for a basic and wonderfully flexible tomato sauce. Once you’ve made this rich red mother-sauce you can do all sorts of things with it, making it perfect […]

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lima beans, smoked bacon, farro

Lima Beans, Smoked Bacon and Farro; a warming dish for early fall

I had to turn my heating on for the first time this morning. Now the temperature has started to dip into the 50’s at night our food tastes turn towards soups and stews that will warm us up and keep us warm. This dish, a rough mix of lima beans (that’s butter beans to the […]

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Linguini with Clams

Linguini with Clams and Smoked Bacon; Simple Green Salad

Every week as I scour the market for the best in local seasonal produce, I have an inner struggle at the fishmonger’s stand. My task is not just to buy food with taste, but food that will last a few days so my customers won’t be forced to cook on delivery day. Much as I’d […]

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MIgas and grape salad

Migas with Chorizo and Peppers: A breakfast special, and a Grape Salad

I’ve been wanting to do a breakfast or brunch dish for a while and I’m glad to finally have a chance to offer up something that would be great on a lazy weekend morning. It’s a dish called Migas that originates in Spain.  Made with rough breadcrumbs, garlic, oil and spices along with some nice […]

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smoked fish fritters

Smoked Fish Fritters with Roast Tomatillo Salsa

These smoked fish fritters are perfect for the end of summer. There is the sweetness of fresh corn and red peppers, along with a more grounded salty bite from the fish. There’s a little bit of a crunch on the outside that gives way to a lovely soft almost chewy centre. And they’re messy; or […]

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sweet pepper risotto

Sweet Pepper Risotto with Goat’s cheese; bonus Kale Salad

After having been away for a couple of weeks there is a distinct change from high summer to late summer in both weather and produce. As an Englishman I am very pleased the heat has tempered somewhat; as a cook I feel I can use the stove and oven a little more, and as someone […]

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