Saturday, 17 March 2012

BBQ Paella

My brother brought me a great book for my Birthday - Paella by Alberto Herraiz.

The guy is a serious Paella obsessive - and so I thought...if you can't beat 'em join 'em. By that what I mean is that half the recipes call for the Paella to be cooked over an open flame. Well - it was mid March and freezing cold so a gas BBQ would have to suffice...

But before the main event - some Tapas.

Chorizo with cider first up

Very nice is was too....didn't fry the Chorizo like I normally do and I think it was better for it

Some classic Garlic Prawns

Enough butter !

They didn't last long

And finally the main event. You don't get this in Tesco !

More garlic

Rabbit, chicken and green beans - the classic Paella

Where does all the liquid go !

See - told ya - BBQ Paella...chuckle...

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Saag Gosht

Another great one from the superb Food of India

A decent hunk of lamb shoulder and a mountain of spinach

Base flavors from the ghee

After a visit to the local Asian supermarket I came back with some serious cinammon!

A lovely fry of the fragrants

And some spice action.......

Also decided to do a simple mushroom Bhaji

Normally I ground my own cumin and coriander - but decided to use the pre grind stuff (it was only a side dish after all!)

A decent base for the mushrooms

Chuckle - will it all get in ?

yep - it's spinach after all !

And there we go.... great Saturday evening meal

Monday, 5 March 2012

Chicken Carbonara

For some reason I've never really taken to Italian food in the way I've embraced other cuisines. However  that said I do really appreciate a decent Italian meal but it has to be done well. A plate of pasta slop is not cooking.

One of the highlights is a lovely creamy carbonara. I can remember fondly sitting on my own in Miami beach having one of the best examples many moons ago.

Anyway - decided to give it a go

It's all about eggs and cheese

Rather nice it was too...with some fresh Tesco's pasta....