Cranberry Roasted Shallots, with Capers

Having seen these beautiful shallots on a recent Retreat to Sarnac I bought two bunches and decided to revisit an old favourite recipe, oven roasted shallots! They just looked so appealing, vibrant and shiny, I was sure they would taste great. I couldn´t resist them! Shallots are much sweeter than regular onions. Their flavour is more subtle and…

Fermented Salsa and homemade Corn Chips

You know when a person’s enthusiasm for something is contagious….meet Matthew Calderisi. He’s the ultimate ‘fermentation fanatic’. Having been a restauranteur  in Montreal, before coming to Barcelona many years ago, he has always been very interested in food. His years of experience fermenting foods started when his Korean friend Donald’s mum taught him to make Kimchi,…

Pumpkin and peanut soup

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…

Olive Breadsticks

Everyone loves the smell of freshly baked bread! Breadsticks are so simple to make, and taste so much better than shop bought ones. They are perfect to just nibble on, or to be served with a soup or dip. These black olive breadsticks are my favourite, but you could also use cheese, sun dried tomatoes,…

Butternut squash, chickpea and lemon salad

One of our followers sent this photo with the simple question….”any ideas”? It reminded me about one of my favourite warm winter salads which I haven’t made for a long time. So, as butternut squash is in season now, what better excuse than to make it to share with you guys. The sweet, dense flesh…

Broccoli and tofu stir fry

Ingredients: 2 red onions, sliced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, sliced 2tbs sunflower oil 2 red peppers, sliced 750g broccoli florets 250g marinated tofu 100g cashews soy sauce 250g egg noodles small bunch coriander 1 tbs fish sauce Method: Fry the onions, garlic and ginger in the oil in a…

Pumpkin, red pepper and rocket pasta salad

Ingredients: 1kg Pumpkin, cubed 1 large red onion, sliced 2 onions, sliced 1 red pepper, roughly chopped 225g Fusilli pasta 200g haricot beans, cooked 50g rocket 150g seedless red grapes, halved 4 cloves of garlic, crushed Red pepper corns, cumin seeds and coriander seeds, crushed in a pestle and mortar. Olive oil Tahini 1 lemon,…