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....