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Spanish Baked Chorizo & Beans

My Spanish Baked Chorizo & Beans is a take of a tasty dish I had in Spain. A rich tomato sauce with creamy beans and spiced chorizo perfect as a starter or for lunch. 

I had a very similar dish to this on a recent holiday to Fuerteventura. My parents have a villa out there so it is a lovely place to go to get some sun and sample the local food (and drink). Whenever we go there, we always try to visit one particular restaurant that cooks steak perfectly and has the most amazing garlic sauce I have eaten. 

On our last visit, Dad and I had a baked chorizo and bean dish for our starter. I am a bit unsure of beans which I know sounds silly, but beans and pulses aren’t really my thing; although I am getting better. But any dish with chorizo in was worth a try in my opinion. This dish was so tasty I knew I wanted to try and recreate it when I got home, beans and all!

I took the flavours I remembered tasting and created my Spanish Baked Chorizo & Beans. I bought the chorizo and smoked paprika out there, but you can obviously get delicious Spanish ingredients over here. You can also choose whether to use standard or spicier chorizo. Personally I always buy the spicier chorizo but feel free to whichever suits your taste. The original recipe had large diced onion in it, but if you follow my blog frequently you’ll know I’m not a fan, but please add this if you like it. 

As well as bringing chorizo and spices back with me, I also brought back more of these cute clay pots. They are sold all over Spain and are inexpensive. You don’t have to look like a crazy person with your suitcase filled with anything other than clothes though as I am sure you can buy these back home if you have a look around. 

This Spanish Baked Chorizo & Beans is so simple to make. I believe that anyone could make this no matter their cooking ability. It is as easy as chopping some ingredients, stirring them together in a bowl and then pouring them into an oven dish. What makes it even better is that it looks like was more effort than this!

I served this dish how I had it in Fuerteventura which was with toasted garlic bread. I made this by toasting slices of baguette before adding a mix of butter, garlic and chopped parsley. We then dipped this into the delicious baked chorizo. It is great as a starter or as a lunch dish. 

Serves 4 

2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
1 x 400g tin of butter beans, drained
¼ tsp smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp mixed herbs
260g chorizo ring, de-skinned and sliced
1 onion, large diced (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC (fan assisted, 190ºC non fan)
  2. Remove the skin from the chorizo and slice it into roughly 0.5cm thick and add to a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients 
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together and then either pour into one large oven proof dish or four individual dishes

  1. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and serve with some toasted baguette 

Sweet Potato & Feta Baked Taquitos

Sweet Potato & Feta Baked Taquitos are a delicious Mexican vegetarian dish. Subtle but delicious flavours in a healthier version of a well known classic. 

The inspiration for this recipe came after a recent trip to London. Mr Curly and I had a fantastic foodie weekend and tried so much delicious food. Before we went to see Sam Smith on concert, we went to Wahaca for dinner. We’d only been there once before where unfortunately pretty much everything I ordered for us was a bit too spicy for Mr Curly. 

This time far more successful and everything we ordered was really tasty. One of the dishes I was really pleasantly surprised with was the sweet potato & feta taquito. I knew I would like the flavours, but it didn’t have any meat in so surely it was just going to be nice? Oh I was wrong, it was so good. 

Obviously I then wanted to recreate it myself at home and add my own twist to it. Honestly, I don’t think you can beat the delicious crispness of a deep fried taquitos. But I try to avoid deep frying in a faint attempt to keep my recipes relatively healthy. So I decided to bake my taquitos instead which is healthier and easier too; win win. 

There are a few ways that you could cook your sweet potato. You could boil it in water or bake it in the oven, but I chose to bake it in the microwave. Boiling it risked it not being dried properly and it would have taken longer to bake in the oven. Feel free to use another method if you would prefer. 

I have deliberately made my Sweet Potato & Feta Baked Taquitos to have quite subtle flavours. I didn’t want any chile flavours to overpower the sweet potato or feta which is why I have showed restraint and only used a pinch. If you are a chile fiend, you can add some more.

These Sweet Potato & Feta Baked Taquitos are best served hot. They can be reheated but I would definitely recommend reheating them in the oven to keep them crisp. These are great for lunch or a starter. 

Makes 6 taquitos 

For the taquitos
600g sweet potato
100g feta 
½ tsp sea salt
¹⁄8 tsp ancho chile powder
Pinch of black pepper
6 mini tortillas 
Spray oil 

For the sauce
50g soured cream
1 ½ tsp lime juice
Pinch of sea salt 
Pinch of ancho chile powder

  1. Cook the sweet potatoes in the microwave for 7-10 minutes until they are soft
  2. Preheat the oven to 190ºC (fan assisted 210ºC non fan)
  3. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool before peeling the skin and adding the potato into a bowl
  4. Crumble in the feta and add the salt, pepper and ancho chile powder and mash together  

  1. Line your mini tortillas out and add a long sausage shape of the sweet potato filling slightly of centre of each tortilla

  1. Roll the tortillas up tightly and place them on a baking tray sprayed with oil 
  2. Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes, turning so they brown evenly 

  1. Make the sauce by stirring the ingredients together in a bowl until completely mixed
  2. Serve hot on a bed of shredded lettuce drizzled with the sauce 
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Chorizo & Cheese Pinwheels

Crisp flaky puff pastry filled with spiced chorizo and salty cheese. My Chorizo & Cheese Pinwheels are so addictive you’ll find it hard to eat just one!
I love pinwheels, they are so incredibly easy, quick and most importantly delicious. They are also very easily adapted to go with lots of great flavours. You may have already seen my Nutella Pinwheels and Cheese & Marmite Pinwheels which are so tasty. 

I wanted to make a meaty pinwheel to add to my collection and chorizo slices came to mind. I love chorizo in any form, but chorizo slices really lend themselves to being used in a pinwheel. I didn’t completely cover the pastry with chorizo slices as it is naturally quite high in fat so I wanted to show some restraint. If you want to be indulgent you can add more chorizo. 

You can use any cheddar you like, but I personally like to use extra mature cheddar because it has a delicious saltiness. Reduced fat cheese doesn’t work so well however as it doesn’t tend to melt as well. Plus there are times to go all out and this is one of those times. 

I would recommend lining your baking tray instead of just spraying the tray directly with oil. This is because they tend to stick slightly to the tray which means you may break the pastry slightly when you take them off the tray.

These Chorizo & Cheese Pinwheels will keep in a airtight container for 3-4 days. You can reheat them in the oven if you would like but they are really tasty cold. They are an easily portable snack or great for a picnic. 

Makes 24

375g puff pastry, ready rolled
100g chorizo slices
100g cheddar cheese, grated
Splash of milk or egg

  1. Unroll the pastry and using a rolling pin, roll until it is 2-3mm thick keeping it on the baking paper it comes with 
  2. Using the chorizo slices, make two lines along the longest side of the pastry
  3. Scatter the whole of the pastry with the grated cheese 

  1. Starting from the long end closest to you, tuck the pastry over as tight as you can. Then using the baking paper roll the rest of the pastry up to create a long roll

  1. Leave to chill in the fridge for 10 minutes 
  2. Preheat the oven to 190ºC (fan assisted, 210ºC non fan) and line two baking trays with a silicon mat or baking paper
  3. Take the pastry out of the fridge and slice into rounds around 1cm in thickness
  4. Place the pinwheels on the oiled baking trays and brush with the milk or egg 

  1. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the pastry is golden brown

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Cheese & Marmite Palmiers

You will either love or hate these Cheese & Marmite Palmiers! Flaky puff pastry with the tasty flavours of cheese and Marmite – I am certainly in the love team!        

These Cheese & Marmite Palmiers will definitely not be for everyone. As the saying goes, you either love or hate Marmite and I am obviously in the love team. 

Cheese and Marmite are a classic combination. I remember my Dad making my sister and I Marmite and cream cheese sandwiches for school which we both loved. I must admit this isn’t a sandwich filling I tend to have very often anymore, but I did want to recreate the flavours.

We are hopefully going to be getting some more Spring-like weather now which means we can start enjoying picnics and eating outside. Picnics are a great British institution but unfortunately we don’t always have the weather to make the most of them! These Cheese & Marmite Palmiers make a great snack for lunch and are easily portable if the weather does stay good enough for a picnic!

You can use whichever cheddar you prefer, but if you would like my recommendation it would be extra mature cheddar. It has a delicious saltiness which works really well with the Marmite and will make it very hard for you to stop eating them!

I first made these using a silicone baking mat – don’t! The butter mixed with the Marmite seeps out as you would expect during cooking and the silicone mat stops this draining away from the palmiers and means they sit in a puddle of butter. As delicious as this may sounds, it stops them from becoming deliciously crisp. So make sure you just spray a baking tray with oil and you will have perfect palmiers!

These palmiers are homemade and I don’t think there is anything wrong with them looking that way. Not all of mine had the perfect palmier shape but they still looked good and they definitely tasted yummy!

Makes 24 

375g puff pastry, ready rolled 
100g cheddar, grated 
40g butter, softened
2 tsp Marmite
1 tbsp milk 
Spray oil 

  1. Unroll the pastry and using a rolling pin, roll until it is 2-3mm thick keeping it on the baking paper it comes with 
  2. Make sure your butter is very soft – you might need to put it in the microwave for 20 seconds so that it is really soft but not melted. Mix the butter with the Marmite until it is a smooth paste

  1. Spread the Marmite paste across the pastry and then sprinkle with the grated cheese

  1. Starting from the long end closest to you, tuck the pastry over as tight as you can. Then using the baking paper roll the rest of the pastry to the middle of the pastry sheet

  1. Then repeat with the other long end to the two sides of the pastry meet in the middle 

  1. Leave to chill in the fridge for 10 minutes 
  2. Preheat the oven to 190ºC fan assisted (170ºC non fan) and spray 2 trays with oil 
  3. Take the pastry out of the fridge and slice into rounds around 1cm in thickness
  4. Place the pinwheels on the oiled baking trays and brush with the milk or egg 

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Chicken & Chorizo Nachos

These Chicken & Chorizo Nachos are packed full of delicious flavours. Crispy tortilla chips covered in melted cheese with heat from the chilies topped with my rich and tasty Slow Cooker Chicken & Chorizo Stew. 

My Slow Cooker Chicken & Chorizo Stew has been one of my most popular recipes since I added it to my blog. It is so simple to make and packed with such tasty flavours that I can see why people like it so much. 

As when you make my Slow Cooker Chicken & Chorizo Stew, you can make a larger batch; I thought using it in another dish was a great way to make the most out of it. I thought the flavours in the stew would go perfectly as a topping to delicious cheese covered nachos. 

Nachos aren’t fancy or complicated, but they are very tasty! Whether you enjoy them as a starter, main dish or even as a snack whilst watching a film they always feel like a bit of a treat to me. 


You will probably have your own preferred way of making nachos so please feel free to adapt my recipe below. If I left Mr Curly in charge of making these I would worry that he might use a whole block of cheese. Feel free to use more or less cheese depending on your preferences. 

The jalapenos can also be added to your preference. I have only just found a love for jalapenos and used to leave them on the side of my plate when I ordered nachos thinking they would be too spicy. I think my spice tolerance has definitely increased over the years which is why recently I braved trying one. I’m now a bit hooked and buy the hottest ones I can find to test myself. Yes I like to live on the edge! My Dad would be so proud of me because the hotter the better in his opinion. 

Obviously you can leave out the jalapenos if you just want the subtle chile in the Chicken & Chorizo Stew to flavour the dish. I also used a pointed sweet pepper honestly just because I thought it was pretty. So you can obviously use a normal pepper if you aren’t being so superficial. 

The condiments you serve with these Chicken & Chorizo Nachos are very important. In my opinion you have to have soured cream and a salsa always works nicely. Unfortunately I haven’t taught myself to like Guacamole yet but this would work really well. Check out my sister’s Guacamole recipe here. 

Serves 2 – 4

1 bag of lightly salted tortilla chips (approx 200g)
1 pointed sweet pepper
Sliced jalapenos in brine
110g cheese, grated
Half portion of Slow Cooker Chicken & Chorizo Stew

To serve
Soured cream
Salsa
Guacamole

  1.  Preheat the oven to 180ºC
  2. Grate the cheese using a coarse grater and finely slice the pepper
  3. Use an oven proof dish that will allow for 2-3 layers of tortilla chips. Scatter roughly one third of the bag of the tortilla chips across the bottom of the dish 
  4. Then scatter over roughly one third of the grated cheese followed by some of the pepper and as many jalapenos as you would like 

  1. Repeat until you have used up all of the tortillas making sure your last layer is cheese 

  1. Put in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden and the cheese has melted

  1. While the nachos are in the oven, heat through the Chicken & Chorizo Stew if it isn’t already hot
  2. Once the nachos are nice and golden brown, spoon over the Chicken & Chorizo Stew and add soured cream, salsa and guacamole to your preference 

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Pasilla Pork Tacos

Who doesn’t love tacos? My Pasilla Pork Tacos are simple to make but are packed with delicious authentic Mexican flavours. 

 
My love of Mexican food is no secret, neither is my love of pork. So a recipe that combines the both had to be delicious.

My go-to Mexican recipe book is by Margarita Carrillo Arronte called Mexico: The Cookbook. It has hundreds of authentic Mexican recipes from all over Mexico. As they are authentic recipes, they tend to use ingredients that are more readily available in Mexico and America. They can also be quite lengthy recipes that although I don’t mind spending hours in the kitchen, others may not!

I have adapted a recipe called ‘Pork in chile marinade’ to make it easier and also to make it a tasty taco filling.  A lot of Mexican recipes say to toast the whole dried chiles, then soak them in boiling water. Then to blitz them up in a liquidiser before passing them through a sieve. Ignoring the fact that this can be a little time consuming, it also requires you to have the whole chiles which aren’t readily available here in the UK. I’m sure if you live in Mexico or parts of America you can get hole of these without any problems at all, but that isn’t the case here! 

With that in mind, I decided to use pasilla chile powder instead. You can buy this online from Mexican suppliers such as Cool Chile Co, or even Amazon if you can’t get it in your supermarket. I have noticed that supermarkets are expanding their Mexican products which is fantastic news! 

Pasilla chiles are really great for this recipe because the flavour goes particularly well with red meat, oregano and garlic. If you really didn’t want to buy pasilla chile powder, you could whatever chile powder you do have, but I really would recommend using pasilla chile powder. You can also use it in other recipes of mine such as Mexican Eggs and Chile Con Carne. 

I love oregano in general, but Mexican oregano is especially tasty as it has a citrus note to it. Again, you can use normal oregano for this recipe and you probably wouldn’t notice too much of a difference. 

You really do need to use corn tortillas in my opinion. They add a delicious subtle corn flavour to the dish which goes so well with the pork. If you don’t want to use pork, you could make these with beef. Corn tortillas are now readily available in most large supermarkets – and not even just in the Mexican foods section! Only a few years ago I remember the only place you could get these being in the Mexican section of the ethnic food aisle. They were only made by one brand and came in one size. Now you can find them with the rest of the tortilla wraps in the bread aisle and come in a variety of sizes!

For these tacos I would recommend the medium or small sized tortillas because if you get much bigger than that you may as well call these a fajita! Always use the soft corn tortillas and not those crisp shells which are Tex Mex and not Mexican. I think if you showed those to a Mexican person they may laugh in your face if you said they were a taco. 

These Pasilla Pork Tacos are great as a tasty lunch, dinner or even a starter. If you use the medium sized tortillas, you will be able to make 10 generous filled tacos. For a starter, I would recommend using small tortillas which would make a lot more. 

I like to serve these with my Mexican Sweetcorn Salad and a scattering of spring onions. 

Makes 10 tacos 

700g pork shoulder steaks
½ tbsp pasilla chile powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp Mexican oregano
2 tsp cider vinegar
2 tsp sunflower oil 
1 tsp water
10 corn tortillas

  1. Mix together the chile powder, garlic powder, salt, oregano, cider vinegar, 1 tsp oil and water to form a paste

  1. Coat the pork in the spice paste and leave to marinate for at 1 – 3 hours

 

  1. Heat the other tsp of sunflower oil in a large frying pan over a medium high heat. Cook the pork for 10-15 minutes on each side until browned and crisp in places and cooked through

  1. Remove the pork from the pan and slice thinly
  2. Serve in corn tacos with my Mexican Sweetcorn Salad and spring onions 

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Turkey & Cranberry Sausage Rolls

Crispy puff pastry filled with the flavours of Christmas. Delicious as a light lunch or as a nibble to serve to guests at a party, these Turkey & Cranberry Sausage Rolls are really easy which is good because after you’ve made them once, you’ll be asked to make them again and again.  

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without sausage rolls in my opinion. My Mum made them for as long as I can remember at Christmas and they have always been very popular in my family. This meant that when I moved out, I carried on the tradition much to Mr Curly’s delight as he is a very big fan. 

I love traditional sausage rolls made with pork sausage meat, but I also like the idea of making slight tweaks to make them more exciting. One variation that my Mum makes uses pork sausage meat with a fresh slice of mango. This might not sound like it would be delicious, but believe me it is. 

When thinking about flavours I associate with Christmas, turkey and cranberry sauce obviously came to mind. Turkey isn’t usually my favourite choice of meat to have as a roast because it can be a little bland. I do like using turkey mince in dishes that I can add lots of flavour to as it is a healthy meat option because it is low in fat. In large supermarkets I have noticed that you can now buy turkey breast or thigh mince.

My preference would always be the thigh mince because it has a little bit more fat than the breast which I think adds flavour and helps keep it moist. However I ran out of time and did a home delivery for these ingredients and they only had turkey breast mince. I thought that was an advantage though because if it was tasty with the breast mince, it would be even more tasty with the thigh mince!

As I mentioned previously, turkey can be a bit bland which means it really welcomes flavours to be added to it. Don’t be afraid to add lots of herbs and seasoning to your mince because it will make the end result tastier. 

I made these when Mr Curly’s friend came round with his DSLR. Mr Curly and Andy snacked on these during us taking the photos and I sent Andy away with a goodie bag of the things I had made that we had photographed; apart from these sausage rolls. We met up with Andy and other friends that evening and there was outrage that they hadn’t got to try these sausage rolls Andy had mentioned were so tasty. I made up for their disappointment by dropping some round to their house the next day. 

Obviously feel free to make your own pastry, or use ready bought pastry and roll it yourself if you prefer. You can also make the cranberry sauce yourself too, but I was trying to make these as quick and easy as possible. 

These are delicious served warm or cold and can be kept in the fridge for up to a week. 

Makes roughly 16

400g turkey mince
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
1 x 375g pack ready rolled puff pastry
130g cranberry sauce

1 egg, beaten or 1 tbsp milk 
Spray oil 

  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC (for fan assisted or 210ºC) 
  2. Empty the turkey mince into a large bowl and add the thyme, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly to distribute the seasonings, I find it easiest to do this with your hands 

  1. Unroll the pastry and cut the pastry in half length ways. Spread half of the cranberry sauce down the middle of each strip of pastry
  2. Form the turkey into two long sausage shapes and place on top of the cranberry sauce

  1. Brush one of the long edges of each piece of pastry with the beaten egg or milk 
  2. Roll the pastry closest to you tightly under the turkey mince and then roll over so the sealed edge is on the bottom

  1. Cut each long roll of pastry into individual sausage rolls
  2. Spray two baking trays with oil and place the sausage rolls on the tray. Brush each sausage roll with the beaten egg or milk
  3. Using scissors, make roughly three cuts into the top of each sausage roll

  1. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Once out of the oven, transfer the sausage rolls onto a wire rack as soon as possible and allow to cool 

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Honey & Mustard Cocktail Sausages

Sticky and sweet sausages with a very slight bite from wholegrain mustard. These Honey & Mustard Cocktail Sausages are very addictive and will disappear very quickly!

I love sausages, and I especially love all of the different flavours and varieties you can buy these days. My all time favourite sausages have to be pork and apple though, there is definitely something about them – what’s yours? I really love the sticky sweetness the apple brings to the sausages which helped inspire this recipe. 

Honey and mustard are one of my favourite flavour combinations. Other types of mustard aren’t really for me, but wholegrain mustard in recipes is definitely my cup of tea. It also works really well with the sweetness of the honey which helps it stick to the sausages better. 

This recipe is ideal for gatherings anytime of year, but especially at Christmas. The days between Christmas and New Year always blend into one and no one really knows which day it is. I love these days because they are typically days when you graze on food without necessarily having a full meal. 

One of the reasons there is a lot of grazing is because these days are typically spent with friends and family and people are already in a bit of a food coma from their Christmas meal days before. These Honey & Mustard Cocktail Sausages are great to whip up if people want a tasty snack (that isn’t a leftover turkey sandwich). They would also be great to serve as part of a buffet for a New Year’s Eve gathering. 

They’re particularly great for gatherings because they can easily be eaten with a cocktail stick – no cutlery needed and also only require one hand which is good because there may be a festive tipple in the other;and also because they are bite size (or two if you’re dainty). 

Be warned though – if you make these for a group of people, make plenty. They are so delicious people will keep coming back for more and they will be gone before you know it! 

I like my sausages dark and crisp, but if you would prefer them slightly less crisp, cook them for 25 minutes. I would recommend soaking your baking tray as soon as you have taken the sausages off though because as you can see some of the sugar burns and will be much easier to was off after a soak!

18 pork cocktail sausages
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 ½ tbsp runny honey 
¼ tsp sea salt 

  1. Preheat the oven to 210ºC (190ºC fan assisted) 
  2. Put the sausages in a bowl and add the mustard, honey and salt 

  1. Stir to make sure the sausages are evenly coated in all of the honey and mustard
  2. Lay the sausages onto a baking tray in one layer and spoon all of the mustard and honey mix on top 

  1. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes, turning the sausages half way through. Coat the sausages in the juices from the tray when you turn them 

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Couscous Salad

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Fresh, colourful and versatile. This cous cous dish is delicious as well as being healthy.

Growing up I didn’t like cous cous. Well I told myself I didn’t as the only time I had come across it was when my Mum made her version of Tabbouleh. This was never going to be the best cous cous dish for me to try as it is packed with herbs such as parsley, mint and coriander – all of which I can’t stand. After years of thinking I didn’t like it, my Mum made a version with no herbs and very similar to what I make today and I realised I did actually like cous cous!

Along with my Mum, my sister and I have been making this recipe for years but with different variations. This recipe is great for adding things you like and leaving out anything you don’t. My Mum and sister make theirs using tomatoes and spring onions as well as the ingredients I use. I like tomatoes but I don’t seem to have them in my fridge every week whereas I always have the other ingredients. So please feel free to add anything else you fancy. I decided to call is Cous Cous Salad because I tend to use basic ingredients that I’d put in a salad – imaginative I know!

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The versatility doesn’t end with the ingredients in the cous cous, you can also add a whole range of ‘toppings’. We usually have this cous cous with marinated chicken, but we have had it with chorizo, grilled halloumi and my new favourite; chicken sausages.

This is now my boyfriend’s favourite recipe to make for his lunches during the week. If he can make it, then you can too!

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Serves 4
350g cous cous
750g boiled water
1 tbsp chicken stock
1 tbsp olive oil
2-3 peppers
1 x 340g tin of sweetcorn, drained
¾ of a cucumber, diced
20g butter (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC. De-seed and slice the peppers. Put them on a baking tray and roast in the oven for around 30 minutes, turning half way. You want them to get slightly blackened
  2. Put the cous cous in a large bowl. Add the chicken stock, olive oil and water to the cous cous. The water should just cover the cous cous by around 1cm. Stir with a fork and then cover with cling film
  3. While the cous cous is cooking, dice the cucumber and drain the sweetcorn
  4. After around 15 minutes the cous cous should have plumped and cooked. Test it is ready by trying it, if it is still a little hard recover for a few more minutes

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  1. Once the cous cous is cooked, add the butter if you are using it and fork through to fluff up the cous cous2016-07-12 19.12.52
  2. Remove the peppers from the oven and slice up. Add to the cous cous along with the sweetcorn and cucumber and fork through to mix

 

Chorizo & Potato Quesadillas

These Chorizo & Potato Quesadillas are absolutely delicious. Lightly spiced potato, chorizo and vegetable filling sandwiched between tortillas. Great hot or cold but extra tasty with soured cream. 

These delicious Chorizo & Potato Quesadillas are one my sister, Ally,  constructed after a trip to Wahaca in London where she had a similar dish. She then used the flavours to make her own version which I have then tweaked again to make this version. This is a great recipe to make your own and add ingredients that you fancy. 

For Mother’s Day, my sister Ally and I decided to make a Mexican Feast as a more personal touch than taking her out for a meal. When I say we made a feast, I wasn’t exaggerating!  We made these Chorizo & Potato Quesadillas, Nachos, Chilli, Carnitas, Chicken Tinga as well as Quacamole, Salsa and Mexican Sweetcorn Salad. We had enough leftovers for everyone to take goodies home.

Ally and I spent the majority of the day at my house making all of these delicious dishes. It was quite a tiring day and we definitely earned our beer; but we also had a great time in the kitchen together.

The quesadillas have become a favourite dish in my house. Ally’s version has onions in them but if you are a regular to my blog, then you will know that onions are not for me so I leave them out. This recipe is so easy to adapt to your tastes but also what you have in your fridge. I always add sweetcorn and peppers but you could add mushrooms or tomatoes or even some black beans. 

The first time I made them without Ally, I ended up making enough quesadillas to feed a family of six or more! This is because as my sister made up the recipe, her method was ‘a bit of this and a bit of that’ so I had to work out quantities of ingredients. However the benefit of making too many is I found out they are absolutely delicious cold the next day. I chose to not re-heat them because I was at work and using the microwave i thought would have made them a bit limp and soft. Although when cold they obviously didn’t have the crisp tortilla like when they were freshly cooked, the filling’s flavours seemed to intensify and become even more delicious.

These Chorizo & Potato Quesadillas work really well as a starter, for lunch or as your main meal. They are also really easy to make for a crowd. The quantities below make three whole quesadillas which if you cut them into eight triangles makes twenty four. So you decide how many people you want to share them with, but be warned you may eat more than you intended to! 

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Serves 4-5 people 

600g potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, diced (optional)

130g chorizo, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 x 198g tin of sweetcorn, drained
1 pepper, diced

150g cheese, grated
½ tsp chili powder (I use ancho and chipotle)
½ tsp sea salt plus ¼ tsp to boil the potatoes 
Pinch of black pepper
1-2 tsp sunflower oil 
6 large tortillas 

  1. Peel and dice the potatoes and boil them until cooked through in salted water

  1. Add the chorizo to a frying pan over a medium heat. Keep stirring to allow the oils from the chorizo to be released and then add the onions (if using) and peppers

  1. Allow the onions (if using) and peppers to soften for a couple of minutes and then add the potatoes. Using your wooden spoon, squish the potatoes slightly. Cook for a few minutes adding some of the oil if it begins to stick

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  1. After a couple of minutes, add the sweetcorn, chili powder, salt and pepper and stir through. Leave to cook stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes before turning out into a bowl

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  1. Place one large tortilla in a clean frying pan over a medium heat. Scatter the tortilla with some of the grated cheese before topping with a thin layer of the potato filling. Spread the filling to the edges of the tortilla before scattering with more grated cheese

  1. Place another tortilla on top and press down to squidge the filling right to the edges. By now the bottom tortilla should be browned and slightly crispy. Carefully flip the tortilla over so the bottom becomes the top. How you choose to do this is up to you! I get a large spatula and flip but you can always tip it out onto a plate and then flip it and slip it back into the pan
  2. Once flipped, allow the tortilla to cook for 1-2 minutes until browned and crispy and you can see the cheese has melted inside

  1. Turn out onto a board and cut into eighths. Serve with lots of soured cream

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