Smokey Chipotle Beans

Smokey chiptole beans with baked potato and cheese

Cold winter evenings demand meals to warm both body and soul. This scrumptious side dish of smokey chipotle beans does just that, and is perfect to accompany a range of main courses. Or served with a baked potato cooked in an open fire.

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Over The Top Smoked Chili

Over the top smoked chili with sour cream, cheese, coriander and tortilla chips

Every once in a while, an inspirational idea comes along that both simple and ingenious. Thus was the case with Over the Top Smoked Chili, conceived by Dawn and Johnny Barnes back in 2016. Once tasted, you’ll probably never go back to normal chili again. We haven’t.

Find out how to make a truly game changing dish with this simple technique.
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Ancho Chili and Hoisin Chicken

Ancho chili and hoisin chicken

I saw a recipe for Hoisin Sriracha Chicken and thought “this looks lovely, I’ll make it tonight”. Sadly we were out of Sriracha sauce but did have ancho chili paste. So I used that instead.

And thus Ancho Chili and Hoisin Chicken was born. The spicy and vibrant ancho chili paste paired perfectly with hoisin flavours. The dish was completed with a tasty side of peppers stir fried in toasted sesame oil with a little pineapple juice.

Enjoy a delicious evening meal at home with this simple recipe.

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Com Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Rice

Com ga Hoi An served with herbs and pickled condiments

Whilst traveling through Vietnam a few years ago, we spent a day in the beautiful city of Hoi An. Famous for silk production and nighttime Lunar celebrations, it is also home to one of the country’s most iconic dishes … chicken rice, or Cơm Gà Hội An.

Make this delicious, traditional dish at home with the following simple recipe.

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Simple Pork Curry

Simple and delicious pork curry topped with coriander

Continuing our exploration of Indian food, a recipe for a simple and delicious pork curry. It goes very well with the sweet potato and aubergine curry side dish posted here last week.
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Sweet Potato and Aubergine Curry

Sweet potato and aubergine curry

A recent restaurant experience demonstrated that true curry is so much more than a cliché of unbearably hot and heavy sauces. Indian food was revealed to be a wonderful, varied and delicious cuisine to experience.

My wife and I decided to explore this at home. To begin with, a simple, healthy and very tasty vegetarian curry.
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Vietnamese Orange Chicken with Lemongrass

Vietnamese orange chicken with lemongrass, rice and dipping sauce

Celebrate this year’s Lunar New Year with homemade Gà Sốt Cam – a simple, tasty low-cost Vietnamese dish of delicious orange chicken with fragrant lemongrass.
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Hearty Winter Beef Stew

Winter stew used to make a delicious beef pie

Frosted cars, ice on the pond and Christmas decorations … all sure signs that winter is upon us. In a frosty climate it can be a challenge to simply raid the fridge and make a fulfilling meal.

So instead, make a delicious and hearty winter beef stew. Cost-effective and versatile, it warms both body and soul during the cold winter nights.
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Spicy Roast Parsnip Soup

Spicy roast parsnip soup served with some crusty bread

Bring warmth to a cold winter night with this delicious and healthy roast parsnip soup. Infused with exotic flavours of cumin, turmeric and garam masala, it’s easy to make and very cost-effective. Enjoy with homemade crusty bread as a starter, quick meal or late night snack.
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Ras El Hanout and Maple Syrup Popcorn

Ras-el-hanout and Maple Syrup Popcorn

Popcorn has been going through a bit of a resurgence lately. Tastes and flavours from salted caramel through white cheddar and even Worcester sauce and sun-dried tomato are now readily available at supermarkets and online.

With the addition of an inexpensive popcorn maker to the kitchen, these can mostly be made at home. Our standard popcorn comes in from left field, using Ras el Hanout and Maple Syrup to add a spicy kick to movie nights. Or … writing a blog post :).
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Pho Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

A bowl of Pho Ga served in a pho shop in Saigon

Walk around any town or city in Vietnam and you’ll find a Pho vendor, either a curbside street stall or a bustling cafe. Pho is a very popular Vietnamese noodle soup dish, normally served with beef (Pho Bo) or chicken (Pho Ga).

From my first taste, it was an instant hit. So many new and exotic flavours and aromas. This just had to be made when we got back home … which happened, and as a result of eating this wonderful dish, I dropped 19kg (3 stone) in weight.

Delicious, cost-effective and incredibly healthy, I hope you enjoy Pho Ga.
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