November 2016 – Pescetarian Pleasures

The home bar needs some movement; we need to clear some room for the new bottles we will no doubt gather over the Christmas period. We are not alcoholics, honest! But as we enjoy having friends over for dinner regularly, with good food, always comes alcohol! We have boxes of our favourite bottles of wine, a case of…

Our kitchen has seen a lot of onion action recently, as I made Char’s Sweet ‘n’ Smokey Chipotle Salsa just a few of days ago. Onion soup has been around for centuries. Dating back to Roman times, it used to be seen a food for the poor, because onions grow in such abundance. It has…

Oh my goodness, this stuff is to die for! The sweet, salty, sticky, gooey, buttery loveliness….it’s naughty stuff, but it just tastes so damn good! It can be spooned onto desserts, poured over pancakes, added to coffee, drizzled over ice cream, or even just enjoyed on a piece of toast. I made this batch be…

I’ve been chatting to a lot of people recently, who talk about autumn being their favourite season. I do like seeing the colours of the leaves on the trees change as winter approaches, but ultimately I’m a summer baby! I spend most of autumn and winter anxiously waiting the first signs of spring, and therefore summer. It must…

I really don’t like the cold…I’m always chasing the heat and often add some sort of spice or hot sauce to my food. It’s like a constant quest, searching for the perfect amount of heat.

I´ve been really inspired this week, cooking lots and on a bit of a posting frenzy! Once I have got to grips with the admin side of the blog I will send you all a fortnightly roundup, highlighting the latest Pescetarian Pleasures recipes. I don´t want to spam you, so in the mean time if you are getting fed up with…

If you are lucky enough to have a big garden or allotment, it probably provides you with an abundance of edible flowers. Courgette flowers; what a delight! It always excites me when I see these beautiful, courgette flowers on a menu. The delicate structures are simple, light and take on any flavours you decide to fill them…

You can stuff these little round courgettes with just about anything, but my favourite combination so far has to be sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan. This healthy recipe does contain a bit of fish, but for a strictly vegetarian dish just omit the anchovies. Sometimes I add red quinoa or a handful of baby spinach leaves, but…

Kale, kale, kale! This leafy, deep green veg (descendant of the cabbage family) is the real deal! I was a big fan of Kale, long before it was the hipster superfood of choice. Besides it´s health benefits (rich in nutrients and a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C & folic acid ) Kale’s nutty flavour is insanely good….

Pecan pie has to be in my top 5 list of favorite deserts (with sticky toffee pudding taking the gold medal position)! Best served warm, with a big scoop of quality vanilla ice cream, it makes a great end to most meals. With still loads of Barb and Dale´s maple syrup to get through, I decided to…

Ingredients: 1 pumpkin (mine weighed 1.4kgs) 6 garlic cloves 400ml coconut milk 75g salted peanuts 1 tsp cumin seeds, crushed 1 tsp red pepper corns, crushed Hot sauce Salt and pepper Water Peel the garlic cloves and cut them lengthways. In a saucepan, heat a little oil and fry the garlic with the cumin seeds…

I started Pescetarian Pleasures (food blog) a month ago now and I´m already loving it! I´ve been asked a couple of times ¨what´s the point?¨ and more importantly ¨what do I hope to get out of it?¨ Here are the 3 main goals for the blog…. To connect with a community of food lovers all over the world (and in the wonderful…

March 2017 – Pescetarian Pleasures

Since the recipe book Soul Spices came out in November 2016, Pescetarian Pleasures has seen Anjalina Chugani everywhere! We wanted to get an insight into what made this chef such a pioneer in cooking with spice! Anjalina was born in London and moved to Bangalore at the age of 13. She travelled extensively and lived abroad…

It´s totally nuts, but it´s been 6 months since I started Pescetarian Pleasures! And what a great 6 months it´s been! I hope you can tell, I really enjoy writing the blog, now even more than ever. I wanted to thank all of my followers, I hope you have got as much out of it…

They say becoming pescetarian can seriously improve your health! Protein is essential to repair tissue all over the body….here are 9 top tips for getting enough!

Barcino Brewers began in 2011, on a rooftop in El Gòtico. It started with 3 friends, who were bored of the beers available, here in Barcelona. They brewed beers for themselves to enjoy and to supply their own bars at the time. It has grown and expanded since then and they now offer 4 different beers, named…

For me, chocolate and chilli is a great combination! I think they are 2 flavours which compliment each other nicely, and they taste great in this spiced cookie! The quantity in this recipe makes enough for around 50 cookies. So what are you waiting for, give them a try! Ingredients: 350g plain flour 150g brown…

I´m so excited still, I feel like I could fly! Saturday 4th March we held a Pescetarian Pleasures launch night at El Casal Cafe, to celebrate the start of my great food adventure! There were art installations on the night from the talented artist Lisa Rubin. She decorated the tables with a series of collages, all…

The Pavlova is a tried and tested classic; always a lovely light way to end a meal. They say this dessert comes from Australia and you can imagine, with all that heat, the last thing you crave is a big, sticky dessert. My happiest memory of Pavlova was in a small Swiss village. It was served as…

Just the colours alone are enough to make you want to make this dish. You wait until you try it! This recipe is not heavy with carbs, and is light and delicate in every sense! The Sea Bass is delicately flavoured, then the garlickey sweet potato gratin is sweetened with coconut milk. The fish and…

This post is a bit of a nod to my love of this fine fruit, the blood orange! I´m always super excited when they come into season, forgetting about how great they taste, they are just so damn good to look at! The deep crimson colour that seems to seep through to the outer peel,…

Pescetarian Pleasures met Ella and Alberto recently. They started cooking together 3 years ago, hosting food events on http://www.eatwith.com and running their own cooking workshops. They are a truly inspiring couple and we had to find out more about their journey. One thing that comes across when talking to them is how important it is for them to…

With the same family of friends we usually go away with to Vinaixa, we decided to do our own calçotada, a little closer to home. ´A calçotada, what is that?´…I hear some of you say! Well a calçot is a vegetable (think cross between a spring onion and a leek). They´re in full season here…

flambé – Pescetarian Pleasures

Whilst chatting to my lovely friend Jimena about this recipe, she was saying it was not really an everyday dish. She wouldn´t make it because she doesn´t have Cognac at home, and certainly not caviar. If you don´t have Cognac, you can flambé with other spirits, such as rum. And if the idea of flambéing puts…

spicy – Pescetarian Pleasures

For me, chocolate and chilli is a great combination! I think they are 2 flavours which compliment each other nicely, and they taste great in this spiced cookie! The quantity in this recipe makes enough for around 50 cookies. So what are you waiting for, give them a try! Ingredients: 350g plain flour 150g brown…

I spend a lot of my time talking about food! Whilst chatting to a good friend Dana, we got onto the topic of Creole food, as Dana is from Louisiana. I haven´t eaten much Southern (American) food, but I really wanted to make a Jambalaya. The first recorded mention of Jambalaya was in the 1870´s, a time…

WARNING! This sauce packs some serious heat! I´ve mentioned my love of hot sauces before, in my Chipotle Salsa recipe post. I needed a spicy dipping sauce, and for once the Chipotle Salsa wasn´t going to do the job! This sauce is great for dipping spring rolls, crab cakes, or being diluted in a vinaigrette style dressing…

Variety is the spice of life they say, and I´m always looking for something a bit different to feed my friends. I found the answer here….my recipe for Baby Octopus, with Rocket & Cherry Tomatoes. An easy, healthy seafood dish, packed full of flavour; just the kind of meal I love! Since the flesh of octopus is mainly muscle,…

I really don’t like the cold…I’m always chasing the heat and often add some sort of spice or hot sauce to my food. It’s like a constant quest, searching for the perfect amount of heat.

appetizer – Pescetarian Pleasures

Whilst chatting to my lovely friend Jimena about this recipe, she was saying it was not really an everyday dish. She wouldn´t make it because she doesn´t have Cognac at home, and certainly not caviar. If you don´t have Cognac, you can flambé with other spirits, such as rum. And if the idea of flambéing puts…

prawns – Pescetarian Pleasures

Whilst chatting to my lovely friend Jimena about this recipe, she was saying it was not really an everyday dish. She wouldn´t make it because she doesn´t have Cognac at home, and certainly not caviar. If you don´t have Cognac, you can flambé with other spirits, such as rum. And if the idea of flambéing puts…

Being Pescetarian – Pescetarian Pleasures

The cheapest, best way to buy fish, is to buy it whole and fillet it yourself. On average 40% of the fish is thrown away, including the guts, head, skin and bones….but lots can be done with this! Buying a whole fish, encourages using the head, tail, bones and skin to harvest the full flavour. These…

They say becoming pescetarian can seriously improve your health! Protein is essential to repair tissue all over the body….here are 9 top tips for getting enough!

With lots of people cutting red meat from their diets for environmental and ethical reasons, Pescetarianism is becoming more popular in today´s society….

Pescetarian Pleasures – Page 2 – Pescetarian foodie cooks easy, healthy, tasty recipes, using high quality, seasonal ingredients

Barcino Brewers began in 2011, on a rooftop in El Gòtico. It started with 3 friends, who were bored of the beers available, here in Barcelona. They brewed beers for themselves to enjoy and to supply their own bars at the time. It has grown and expanded since then and they now offer 4 different beers, named…

For me, chocolate and chilli is a great combination! I think they are 2 flavours which compliment each other nicely, and they taste great in this spiced cookie! The quantity in this recipe makes enough for around 50 cookies. So what are you waiting for, give them a try! Ingredients: 350g plain flour 150g brown…

I´m so excited still, I feel like I could fly! Saturday 4th March we held a Pescetarian Pleasures launch night at El Casal Cafe, to celebrate the start of my great food adventure! There were art installations on the night from the talented artist Lisa Rubin. She decorated the tables with a series of collages, all…

The Pavlova is a tried and tested classic; always a lovely light way to end a meal. They say this dessert comes from Australia and you can imagine, with all that heat, the last thing you crave is a big, sticky dessert. My happiest memory of Pavlova was in a small Swiss village. It was served as…

Just the colours alone are enough to make you want to make this dish. You wait until you try it! This recipe is not heavy with carbs, and is light and delicate in every sense! The Sea Bass is delicately flavoured, then the garlickey sweet potato gratin is sweetened with coconut milk. The fish and…

This post is a bit of a nod to my love of this fine fruit, the blood orange! I´m always super excited when they come into season, forgetting about how great they taste, they are just so damn good to look at! The deep crimson colour that seems to seep through to the outer peel,…

Pescetarian Pleasures met Ella and Alberto recently. They started cooking together 3 years ago, hosting food events on http://www.eatwith.com and running their own cooking workshops. They are a truly inspiring couple and we had to find out more about their journey. One thing that comes across when talking to them is how important it is for them to…

With the same family of friends we usually go away with to Vinaixa, we decided to do our own calçotada, a little closer to home. ´A calçotada, what is that?´…I hear some of you say! Well a calçot is a vegetable (think cross between a spring onion and a leek). They´re in full season here…

It´s Shrove Tuesday, an exciting time when I was young as it meant it was pancake day! Instead of the traditional crêpe, this year I wanted to make some galettes, which are the typical pancake of Brittany. Galettes are made from buckwheat flour and have a slightly heavier, more savoury flavour than a crêpe. More…

Since making Gravlax before Christmas, I´ve wanted to cure some salmon using beetroot. Other than being really pretty to look at, the salmon is much sweeter, after being cured this way. It only takes 2 days to make, but gives you a lovely piece of fish to slice up and nibble at for days! Ingredients:…

I really miss a British Fish ´n´Chip shop! When I was younger, a trip to the chippy was a weekend treat, when no one fancied cooking at home. As I hit my late teens, it became somewhere you stopped on your way home, after a night out on the town! Now that I don´t live in…

Romesco sauce originates from Tarragona, which is here in Cataluña. It is often associated with Calçots, although it was initially made to eat with fish. The nutty, sweet, garlicky flavour, with a slightly coarse texture goes really well with most fish and seafood dishes. Ingredients: 4 red peppers, sliced and roasted 500g almonds 3 garlic…

diet – Pescetarian Pleasures

They say becoming pescetarian can seriously improve your health! Protein is essential to repair tissue all over the body….here are 9 top tips for getting enough!

With lots of people cutting red meat from their diets for environmental and ethical reasons, Pescetarianism is becoming more popular in today´s society….

April 2017 – Pescetarian Pleasures

The cheapest, best way to buy fish, is to buy it whole and fillet it yourself. On average 40% of the fish is thrown away, including the guts, head, skin and bones….but lots can be done with this! Buying a whole fish, encourages using the head, tail, bones and skin to harvest the full flavour. These…

Have you ever discovered a brand where their ethos really resinates with you? Let me introduce to you Kailani Iced Tea. The opening line on their website sums them up….. “Kailani was born out of a desire for a refreshing drink that does you good,but tastes great too” The idea is simple, but so well executed….

For a few days I´ve been craving a nice meaty piece of white fish. Something substantial enough to get your teeth stuck into, that is also packed full of flavour. This is a tasty, healthy, nutritious meal that doesn´t take long to prepare. It´s lean and good for you, as well as being quite light!…