Raspberry And Chocolate Chip Cake/Torta De Frambuesa Con Trocitos Chocolates

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Another cake recipe, but a luxurious one.. Be sure to try this for the impending Easter Holiday as a treat.. Or even Mothers Day(For U.K bloggers!) this Sunday March 30th!

INGREDIENTS
Makes one flat rectangular cake(Double the ingredients for a bigger cake)

50 Grams of Butter, left in room temperature to soften
3-4 Tablespoons of Icing/Caster Sugar(This cake batter isn’t supposed to be sickly sweet, as the chocolate chips and the raspberries add to the sugar content.)

2 Teaspoons of Vanilla extract
Pinch of Salt
1 Small Carton of Cream
1 Packet of Chocolate Chips
2 Packets of Raspberries washed, with half macerated, and half left whole

2 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups of Self Raising Flour, with 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder added,more flour may be needed.

METHOD

Cream the butter and sugar together and then add the eggs. Use a blender to help. Add half the raspberries,baking powder, and the flour and blend until smooth. Then add the vanilla extract,chocolate chips whole raspberries and cream.

Stir in until mixed thoroughly. Lightly butter a baking tray, and pour the mixture in. Bake on 130°, until golden(About 30 minutes or so), and risen. If a skewer comes out clean then that’s another sign that it’s cooked. Serve with ice cream or with a cup of tea.. Or by itself..Or with lashings of cream.. Hee hee!! Disfrutalo!

Chicken,Chorizo And Aubergine Rice/Arroz Con Pollo,Chorizo Y Berenjena

One pot meals can be genius.. Just a few ingredients and you can have a really good meal..And they are awfully quick too.. Try this flavoursome and quick recipe that you can make with just a few vegetables, spices and maybe some meat(Seafood or vegetables too!) and then you have an impressive meal.

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INGREDIENTS

5 Chicken Legs
1 Onion
2 Cloves Of Garlic finely diced
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Cumin, Herbes De Provence(Special herb mix of flavours typically used in Southern French  Cookery. Usually consisting of Lavender Flowers,Thyme,and other herbs)

1/4 Chorizo Sausage diced into small pieces
500 grams of Basmati Rice

Half Of  A Large Aubergine chopped
Salt and Black Pepper to taste

METHOD
Firstly,peel and finely chop the onion, and garlic. Chop the chorizo and set all of these aside. Season the chicken with all the seasonings,apart from the herbes de provence, to avoid burning during the process of browning the chicken legs. Brown the chicken in a hot pan for around 10 minutes, until deep golden brown. Check the heat settings to avoid burning.

Decant the chicken pieces,set aside. Fry the onions,garlic,aubergine,chorizo and herbs until softened, add some more seasonings to the mixture while frying.

Add water to cover the mixture,and simmer for 10 minutes. Wash the rice, and add this to the pot,leaving it to cook on a low simmer. When the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender, then it is ready. Remember to fluff the rice with a fork to test how cooked it is and to mix the contents-rather than using a spoon.. It will cause the rice to become mushy..And you definitely don’t want that! Disfrutalo! I hope you all try this recipe! 

Octopus And Spinach Rice-Arroz Con Pulpo Y Espinacas

It occurred to me that I dont have enough seafood recipes on site.. So I went on the lookout for seafood that wasn’t on the site,and something that I loved.. Then I found my local supermarket had Octopus at very affordable prices.. To the uninitiated,Octopus can be a rather scary thing,with all the tentacles,and fiddly innards to remove.. However, when you have got past those things,and cook this seafood right,then it is a joy to eat! Try to chop the Octopus into small pieces,and dont be put off by its looks.. The flavour is worth it!

INGREDIENTS

1 Baby Octopus, or around 250 grams of it, cleaned and cut into small pieces
2 Teaspoons or to taste of Dried Basil
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 Cloves of Garlic
One Onion chopped
1 Tablespoon of Smoked Paprika(Pimentón Dulce)
3-4 Shavings of Lemon Peel
1 Cup of Basmati Rice
Around 200 grams of Spinach,washed in salt water,and drained
Vegetable oil-1 Tablespoon

METHOD

If you have already prepared the octopus,leave it out until you are ready to use it..I had mine cleaned and ready in the freezer,which was convenient for me.If not,there will be instructions on *How To Clean Octopus.

When you have prepared the octopus,chop the onion,garlic and wash and chop the spinach. Set these aside briefly,and put oil to heat in a pot. Add the onions, garlic and basil, and then shave the lemon peel and add it also.

Add the pimentón and fry altogether for around 5 minutes on a moderate heat.Add the octopus and then add enough water to cover the octopus,and simmer for around 40 minutes,or until tender.Add the spinach, and wash the starch away from the rice. Add the rice to the pot and turn the heat on low,with the liquid just covering the pot.Cook for around 30 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.Serve with a crisp salad and extra lemon wedges to taste. Disfrutalo!

*HOW TO CLEAN OCTOPUS-
Firstly,cut the tentacles away from the head,set aside. Be sure to discard of the eyes. With the tentacles,turn the underside and locate the ‘beak’. Squeeze gently above the cut,and the beak should pop out. With a knife,cut this away. Cut the tentacles away and chop them into inch long pieces. Then cut the remaining ring of octopus in half,twice.

Cut the head in half, after turning it inside out,removing the quill(piece of cartillage)and the innards. Turn on the other side,peeling away the skin,if desired. Slice, wash and drain, and then use as desired. Hope this has helped.

Dinie’s Fishcakes/Bollos De Pescado Por Dinie

What do you do with leftover saltfish? make a bunch of fishcakes of course! These are easy to make, freeze well and can be made in advance and with any leftover trimmed pieces of fish. Things such as a Fishermans Pie mix would do very well! Experiment with different fish and see how it goes!

Makes upto 12 small fishcakes

    Ingredients

1/2 A Packet of Saltfish, soaked in several changes of water overnight, stripped and set aside
3-4 Medium Sized Potatoes,peeled and cubed
A Small Bunch Of Thyme,Chopped with some leaves removed from the stalks
1 Onion, peeled and diced
2 Cloves of Garlic peeled, and crushed
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Egg whisked
Fine Yellow Cornmeal/Polenta to dredge(To dip something in egg and then flour.. **See Fried Chicken Recipes!)the fishcakes(As needed)
Oil for frying, or to drizzle on a baking tray
Dinie’s Hot Pepper Sauce or Ketchup to taste

    METHOD

Firstly, drain the water from the saltfish, taking care to squeeze the water out of the strips, or use kitchen paper to blot out the water. Strip the fish using your thumb and forefinger and strip the pieces to around inch size chunks. Set aside until needed.

Peel, wash and cube the potatoes, and preboil a kettle. Add the preboiled water to a pan adding a pinch of salt and the potatoes. Boil for around 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain the water, and start to mash the potato without oil or butter. Add the chopped herb, onion and garlic and some seasoning. Mix well,add the saltfish and mix again. Check seasoning. Transfer the mixture in a freezerproof bowl, and allow to get firm and cold for around 45 minutes to 1 hour.

When this has chilled, prepare the ‘dredging station’, by pouring some cornmeal in a bowl, whisking an egg in a bowl, and a plate to put the dredged fishcakes, before frying. Roll a small amount of the mixture into a ball, and then use a thumb and finger to lightly spreadthe mixture out into a small disk. Dip this disk in the egg and then the cornmeal. Set aside, and continue doing this with the rest of the mixture. Heat the oil in a frying pan on a moderate heat,and add the fishcakes around 4 at a time. Cook until deep golden. Do the same with the other fishcakes. Serve hot and with Dinie’s Hot Pepper Sauce, or Ketchup and Tartare Sauce. Disfrutalo!!

Dinie’s Hot Sauce-Salsa Picante De Dinie

Hello WordPress fans, here is another pepper sauce for you full of smoky, spicy and herby  flavour.. And so easy to make, and can be used a a spicy but flavoursome base to stews, and even stirfries.As a picture shows,my nephew was intrigued with the sauce which tasted good, but had a serious burn!This is for seriously devoted chilli sauce lovers!!

A message to my fans/Un mensaje a mis suporteros:Me gustaria decir, vos agradezco mucho por soporte de mi blog, esta muy apreciada, y me dais inspiración para continuar creando mis recetas originales./I would like to say, thank you very much for your support of my blog, it’s very appreciated; and you give me the inspiration to continue creating my original recipes.

INGREDIENTS

MAKES A 750ML JAR OF HOT SAUCE

10-12 Scotch Bonnet Chillies
1 Spanish Onion,peeled and chopped
1 Large Carrot, peeled and chopped
6-8 Cloves of Garlic, crushed with a knife*
2 Tablespoons each of:Smoked Paprika (Pimentón Dulce), and Basil(Fresh/Dried)
Vegetable Oil-Around a tablespoon
 250mls or cup and a half of White Condiment/White Balsamic Vinegar or to taste
Upto 1 and 1/2 Teaspoons of Salt

METHOD

Prepare the vegetables(carrots,onion and garlic) and heat the oil in the pan. Fry the vegetables on a moderate heat until softened, around 10 minutes. If using dried basil add this to the softened vegetables along with the paprika, and heat for 5 minutes or less,into fragrant. If using fresh  basil, add this towards the last 5 minutes of cooking time.  Add the chillies, with seeds, and the salt and vinegar, cooking until the chillies have softened.

Blend until smooth, taking care to wear goggles, to avoid hot pepper sauce splashing in your eyes.. Ouch!!

When this has been done, pour the sauce into a **sterilized jar and allow to cool. For storage, place in the fridge, and use as needed  for bases to curries,stews,and on barbequed  meat or vegetarian meals. Divertelo!

*HOW TO CRUSH GARLIC WITH A KNIFE/MEAT CLEAVER-Place garlic cloves on a flat surface, and placing a knife(with the blade facing AWAY from you, press down until you hear a ‘click’ sound. This means that the garlic has been crushed.

**STERILIZING GLASS JARS-Clean a jar and lid with hot soapy water and a small amount of bleach. Rinse thoroughly, in cool water, draining any excess water. Place an oven on 180°, and allow to heat through for 10 minutes,with the neck of the jar facing downwards to drain any water. Leave to cool, and then use as needed. I hope this has helped!

Picante Plum Sauce-Salsa De Ciruela Picante

Love hot pepper sauce?? I do, and after many years of trying out different brands, over the weekend, I decided to make my own. I’m currently thinking of more recipes and I’d love comments on it…Feel free to do so!

MAKES 1 AND A HALF JARS OF SAUCE(Based on 185 gram jars each.)

    INGREDIENTS

1 Onion
3 Cloves Of Garlic
4 Cloves
8 Cardamoms
1 Teaspoon of Thyme
1 Teaspoon Of Coriander Seeds
3 Habanero Peppers
150-200mls of White Balsamic Vinegar-This is similar to traditional balsamic vinegar, but with the addition of Grape Must, and not fermented for as long. This vinegar has a very sweet taste, with a fruity and mellow tone, compared with traditional balsamic.
4 Plums stoned and cut into chunks
Vegetable Oil
1 and a half spoons of sugar(If the plums are quite sour.)

Toast the spices until fragrant and slightly darker in colour, grind and set aside. Fry the onions and garlic on a medium heat adding the fruit and the spices also. Add the chillies after 5 minutes, and fry for 5 minutes. Add the vinegar, so that it just covers the mixture. Simmer until the fruit has become soft. Blend the mixture as smooth as you would like-If the mixture has a few chunky pieces in it, it really doesn’t matter. Allow to cool slightly, and then decant the sauce into *sterilised jars.After it has cooled, place in a fridgefor upto 4 weeks.Serve with roasted and barbecued meats,tofu,or with cheeses,or to marinate whatever you like. Divertelo!!

**STERILIZING GLASS JARS-Clean a jar and lid with hot soapy water and a small amount of bleach. Rinse thoroughly, in cool water, draining any excess water. Place an oven on 180°, and allow to heat through for 10 minutes,with the neck of the jar facing downwards to drain any water. Leave to cool, and then use as needed. I hope this has helped!

Corn,Chicken, And Spinach Soup-Sopa De Choclo,Pollo,Y Espinacas

Chocló and Chicken Soup in pot

Chocló and Chicken Soup

Hi WordPress Fans, I’ve been away, but now I’m back! A belated Happy New Year and a Gong Hai Fat Choi to all those who have just celebrated Chinese New Year! It’s good to be back, especially after having ‘Recipe Block’, where I couldn’t think of anything to upload on this site.. I have now got my chefs head on and will be coming with more recipes.. Just as soon as I become inspired again! Thank you for your support over the two years I’ve been on WordPress and heres to many more! Xx

Here is a Winter Recipe for you using Hominy Corn, Spinach, and Chicken in a soup.

Serves 4 People

INGREDIENTS

4 Chicken Drumsticks/Thighs
2 Stalks of Celery,diced
1 Small Onion, chopped
Half of a Bell Pepper,diced
3 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
Half a Tin of Chopped Tomatoes

1 Teaspoon of:
Ground Ginger,Cumin,Mild Chilli Powder(Optional),Cinnamon,Black Pepper
Salt to taste
1 Bag of Spinach
1-2 Cups of Hominy Corn or 200 grams of Hominy Corn(Yellow or White Varieties)

METHOD

Boil a pan of water and pour 2 cups(Or Slightly less) of hominy corn. Boil for one and a half, to two hours or until tender.

Fill a pot halfway, with water and add the onion, bell pepper, garlic and spices. Put to boil on a medium heat. Meanwhile, if desired skin the chicken. Wash in salted water and trim other remnants of fat.

Add to the pot, along with the tomatoes and cook for an hour on a low heat, or until the chicken and corn are very tender. Add the spinach,and cook for a further 10 minutes, and check seasoning. Serve very hot and add parsley, and cheese if desired.