Mustard Orange Pork Chops-Chuletas De Cerdo Con Mostaza Y Naranja

This is yet another pork dish that uses orange flavours,with subtle and earthy spicing.. And only takes around an hour to make! Try this for a change to the Sunday Roast. This served around 8 people.

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INGREDIENTS
1 kg of Pork Chops or to be specific,4 Large Shoulder Chops of Pork,washed in salt water and drained.
Juice and Zest of 2 Oranges
4 Cloves of Garlic,crushed
Salt and White Pepper to taste-2 level teaspoons should season this to perfection.
Around 1 Teaspoon each of: Fenugreek(1/2 as this can be bitter if too much is added!), Fennel Seeds, and Brown Mustard Seeds.
1 Teaspoon of Chilli Powder-Or half a teaspoon if you use the extra hot    

METHOD

Firstly,wash and drain the meat in a colander. Do not trim the fat,as this will help cook the meat during the cooking process.
*Score the meat.

Grind the seasonings except the chilli,in a spice grinder.Crush the garlic,and add this and the ground spices,chilli,salt and pepper in a bowl. Grate the zest of the orange and squeeze the juice,adding it to the spices. Mix well,and add the mix to the meat,massaging it into the meat and making sure it gets into the incisions in the meat.

Place the meat into a baking dish, and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes on 180 degrees. After this elapsed time,take off the foil and bake for the remaining half hour on 200 degrees,basting every 10 minutes or so. When the meat is tender and has absorbed most of the cooking liquid,serve hot with roast potatoes and peas. If the meat isn’t tender add another 20 minutes to the cooking time. Enjoy!!

*TO SCORE THE MEAT- In order to do this, use a sharp knife, and make a cut into the meat, not too deep, otherwise it will cut totally through the meat. Make the cut so that it makes slits/little pockets in the meat, which you can stuff herbs, garlic and seasoning into the meat. I hope this helped!

Chicharrones Picantes(Roasted Spicy Pork Fat-Lardo De Cerdo Picante Y Asado)

Chicharrones,Pork Rinds,Scratchings…These are all words for the most popular bar snack, of pork skin, which has been either fried or roasted to a crispy, and moreish food. This is served in roast dinners,salads,sprinkled over stews or put into arepas(A Central/South American cornbread). This is the spicy version!!

 

INGREDIENTS

300-600 grams of Pork Skin-Cut into 1 inch pieces or to any desired size..It can always be kept whole
 
SEASONING:
1-2 Teaspoons(2 if using 600 grams of pork skin) each of-
Garlic Powder,Black Pepper,Salt, Thyme, Chilli and Pimentón Picante(Hot Spanish Paprika).
 A little oil to help seasonings stick to the fat.

METHOD

Sprinkle the seasonings over the meat, and rub into it, along with a little trickle of oil. This can be left to marinate overnight, for better results. Place on a baking tray, in a preheated oven on 180 degrees. Roast until crisp and golden(If it colours too quickly turn down by 10-20 degrees), which can take 20-35 minutes, depending on the thickness of the skins. Leave for longer if you are leaving the skins intact and not cutting them or if they are very thick. Enjoy!

Spicy Mexican Chicken Lasagne

This is another take on a lasagne, using a spicy tex-mex seasoning and chicken.. Spicy Mexican Chicken Lasagne(With Spinach Salad)

INGREDIENTS

5 Chicken Breasts sliced or more if needed
Zest of 1 Lime
1 Tablespoon of Pimenton Dulce(Sweet Smoked Paprika)
1 Teaspoon of Chilli Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Cumin Powder
A Small Bunch of Coriander chopped
About 750 mls of Bechamel Sauce *See Tex-Mex Lasagne Recipe for milk and milk free bechamel sauce
1 Tin of Tomatoes
1 Onion sliced
1 Bell Pepper Sliced
2 Cloves of Crushed Garlic
A Shot of Tequila(Optional)
8-10 Sheets of Lasagne, or more if needed
200 grams of Cheese, or more to taste
Salt and Black Pepper to taste

METHOD

Fry the onions, pepper, garlic and meat in a pan. Add the paprika, and other seasonings, except coriander. Fry for 10 minutes, and add the tinned tomatoes, and a splash(150 mls) of water and tequila, if using. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Make the bechamel sauce and grate the cheese.

Turn off the chicken mixture, and stir some chopped coriander and the lime zest. Leave to stand. Pour a layer of white sauce into a pyrex dish, pasta and meat mixture. Layer until the meat mixture and white sauce are used. Sprinkle with cheese, and bake in an oven for 30 minutes or more on a low heat, when it should be golden brown and the pasta sheets should be tender.

Stewed Butter Beans/Habas Mantequillas Guisados

Hello my lovelies! I’m back again with a new vegan and vegetarian recipe for the cold winter. 

INGREDIENTS


Around 250 grams of Butter Beans soaked for 8 hours at least.
1 Onion chopped,     

2 Cloves of Crushed Garlic or more to taste

1/4 of a Sweet Pepper diced,

A Few Sprigs of Fresh Thyme.

SPICE MIX

1 Tablespoon of  Aji Amarillo Chilli-This medium hot chilli powder is from Peru,and has an intense sweetness and smoky flavour. Ideal in dishes when mild fruity heat is required.

1 Teaspoon of Shahi Kala Jeera(Black Cumin Seeds)-These cumin seeds have an intense smoky and nutty flavour, and go well with red meats and vegetables that need serious flavour injection.

1 Teaspoon of  Cinnamon or less

1 Teaspoon of Powdered Ginger

1 Teaspoon of Pimento(Jamaican Allspice Berries)

**1 Tablespoon of Fish/Crayfish Powder(Very Optional, if totally vegetarian do not add.)

Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

*1 Small Strip of Ghost Chilli(Optional, just for contrast of flavour and heat level.

Olive oil for sauteeing

METHOD

Drain the beans, and boil in lightly salted water, for at least 45 minutes in a pot, or cook for 20 minutes in a pressure cooker, until tender. 


Sauté the onion and pepper adding garlic and spice mix-Grind spices in a mortar and pestle/electric grinder first.


Add the beans when they have cooked, to the pot with the spiced onion mixture. Add the crayfish/fish powder. 

Add water, and allow to bubble for ten minutes. After this time the stew will be ready. Serve hot with rice,bread assortment of vegetable dishes or alongside a meat dish.


Disfrutalo!!

Fried Chicken#4(Epazote Fried Chicken)/Pollo Frito#4(Pollo Frito Con Sabor Epazote)

Hello all! As you may well know, I try to use ingredients different to both myself and you, my followers.. This time I’ve been looking for the best way to use unusual herbs and spices.. This time I went Mexico for inspiration, by using Epazote. Epazote is a herb used in bean dishes and some meat and fish dishes, to add flavour and take the flatulence problem away from eating beans. Click here for more information on Epazote

I decided that after some research, that I would buy some and use it-I bought some dried online. I also decided that due to the flavour of the herb, I would try to use it on chicken. I first tried it stewed, and the flavour was subtle, and was a cross between dill and mint, and slight floral accents. Then I decided that I would try the next chicken recipe in a batch of fried chicken, making this my third fried chicken recipe for Mariposaoro! Who can resist the lure of crispy chicken!! In this recipe I also decided to make a change from the regular cornmeal flour or even using wheat flour, using CASSAVA FLOUR (Or GARI to my West African Followers) instead. This has resulted in the most crispy, non oily, and tasty gluten free coating that I’ve used in any of my fried chicken recipes!

INGREDIENTS

500 grams of Chicken wings, or other  chicken pieces, cleaned in salt water and drained.

Add a teaspoon or to, taste of each:

Cracked Black Pepper, Pimento(Allspice Berries), Garlic Powder

 

Hickory Smoke Powder, Sea Salt, Bay leaves and Epazote
Cassava Flour, Salt, and Cooking Oil
Cassava Flour, Salt, and Cooking Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-2 Whisked Eggs

METHOD

Grind the seasonings and season the chicken. This is best done overnight for all the flavours to soak into the meat.

Chicken Wings Marinated with Spices incl Epazote, Close Up
Chicken Wings Marinated with Spices incl Epazote, Close Up
Marinated Chicken Wings Aerial View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After allowing the meat to be at room temperature, set up your ‘flour’, egg, and meat stations. You can lightly add salt to the cassava.. Although you could just leave it as it is, due to the meat already being seasoned, especially for those on a limited sodium diet.

Chicken, Egg and Cassava Flour Stations
Chicken, Egg and Cassava Flour Stations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, heat some oil in a shallow frying pan or skillet-The trick is not to deep fry here, only to seal the coating onto the meat (If you’re frying, cook on medium heat for at least fifteen minutes, until cooked through.). Alternately, you can minimize the fat content, by simply placing in the oven to cook with spray oil. It will taste the same! When the oil has heated add at least four pieces at a time, frying on a high heat for 4 minutes in total. Or at least until the meat has become golden and crispy like this:

Chicken frying in a pan-Remember this is only to seal the coating!
Chicken frying in a pan-Remember this is only to seal the coating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst doing this preheat the oven, to at least 200 degrees. place the meat on a baking tray:

Fried chicken done!
Fried chicken done!

 

 

 

 

Cook for at least 20 minutes, or until cooked through and the juices run clear. Serve with beans and rice, salad/salsa, and tortillas. Disfrutalo!!

Krazy For Kimchi 배추 김치!/Loco Para Kimchi 배추 김치

Hello all!! If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been for the last month or so, I have been trying out new recipes and having challenges. I also have been doing a little bit of early Christmas shopping and trying to configure things for my future plans.

I always look to improve my cookery skills in anyway possible, and this past week, I might have just surpassed myself by making Kimchi.. What’s Kimchi, you ask? Kimchi is fermented, spicy cabbage(And other vegetables), common on a lot of Korean dinner tables. The cabbage has a sour taste and is used more as a side dish, but gets used in stews like Pork Kimchi Stew(Kimchi Jjigae-돼지고기 김치찌개), and Kimchi Fried Rice(김치 볶음밥).

I had always liked Kimchi, but didn’t know how to make it.. Until I had a whole sweetheart cabbage that was in danger of going bad in the fridge. I tried to think of ways to make this cabbage go to good use and came across lactic fermented cabbage recipes, and this blog: Crazy Korean Cooking. I set about making this and found it incredibly easy to do. Fermented foods are full of probiotics, due to the growth of good bacteria during the process which releases lactic acid which is good for digestion and the immune system. Here are the pictures of my first time Kimchi Click for Original Recipe Here:

 

 

All this yummy goodness, and all I did was three steps: Brine, drain and season! After the fermentation process, which may take a week, refrigeration is recommended; Although this can keep very well in a cool cupboard for a very good while. ** Please note that when you go onto the webpage for the Kimchi recipe, that if you omit the anchovy sauce/dried shrimp, the flavour will not be that different! So for the sake of my vegan/shellfish allergy/Jewish friends, I did this batch without seafood, and it tasted very good!!

I am now onto my next project: Fermented Chayote, Cucumber and Winter Radish.

 

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My next Lactic Fermentation project! Created 14/Oct/2016… Waiting for fermentation..

 

So, everyone, watch this space, more recipes coming soon!

 

 

 

Update:

29/10/2016-

The pickling of this finally happened… But it ended up being a touch too salty! So it had to go for that reason..😦

The flavours from the spices came through very well,and It would have been better if I’d rinsed it a few times before fermentation. Aw well! Onwards and upwards to more fermentation experiments!

 

Stewed Pigtails With Pepita Seasoning #2/Cola De Cerdo Con Sazón De Pepita #2

Hello all!! Like the previous post, Time To Make Lemonade, which details the onward struggle to turn Mariposaoro into a known and viable business; I have come up with how to showcase using my Pepita Seasoning on foods. rather than using it as a sandwich filling and dip. In this recipe, I am using my Pepita Seasoning #2 with pigtails, stewed with a few aromatics and served over rice. Oxtail could be a good substitute, but add the seasoning  in the last hour of cooking time, unless using a pressure cooker like I have for this recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Around 1.5kgs Of Pigtails/Oxtails, washed in lemon juice and water and drained.

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Cumin, Ground Ginger, Pimenton Dulce, Tomato Paste,Pepita Seasoning, and Ground Pimento.

1/2 a Jar of Pepita Seasoning #2-This is a vegan friendly seasoning, created by me with a base of pumpkin seeds, onion, bell peppers, dried limes, rosemary and parsley.

Click here for Pepita Seasoning#2 recipe

 

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Pepita Seasoning#2

1 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger, Pimenton Dulce(Smoked Paprika), and Ground Pimento.
1 Tablespoon of Tomato Paste

Method

Firstly, put the meat into a pressure cooker, filling it until it just covers the meat. Cover, and if using oxtail pressure cook for around 45 minutes on high heat for  around 25 minutes, turning down for the remaining 20 minutes. If cooking the original meat, the pigtails, cook on high heat for 20 minutes, then on lower heat for 10 minutes.
Cooked boiled pigtails
Cooked boiled pigtails

When the meat is cooked, drain the water and set aside. In another pot, fry the seasoning in a small amount of oil, adding the spices and tomato paste. Do this for at least 5 minutes.

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Afterwards, add the meat, and leave on a bubbling simmer in the pot for around 10 minutes, adding at least two cups of water or around 500mls.

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Pigtails simmering

The end dish should have a lovely velvety sauce, which is thick and flavoursome.  Stir to prevent from sticking. Serve hot with rice, potatoes, cassava, and salad…. If you’re like me, perhaps some wine too! Disfrutalo!!

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Pigtails, Rice and Salad with Wine

 

 

 

Time To Make Lemonade!/Tiempo Para Hacer Limonada!


Hello my friends!! Like the title states, time to make lemonade.. Its been a busy and stressful few months especially as I’m trying to take Mariposaoro to a new and wider audience.I have chosen to prepare sauces and my Pepita Seasonings #1 and #2 to showcase as products. I am currently looking for places to offer tastings.

Arggghhh!! 


It has been a nightmare to try to set up a business and the struggle is ongoing.. I also would like these sauces(and other recipes!) to be published into a book, making things accessible to all.. So recently I set up a GoFundMe page to try to help. Fingers crossed! I hope you take the time to take a look and donate..  And pass it on!!:

 https://www.gofundme.com/2j7kryww

Roasted Cauliflower#2/Coliflor Asado#2

Roasted Cauliflower time again!! I swear, eating boiled is not an option again! Try this one with a roast dinner or side dish to something plain, as this one has mouth tingling Sichuan peppercorns, and spices to create a highly interesting dish that you will not believe is cauliflower! It tasted just as good as my roast beef!

INGREDIENTS

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1 Cauliflower, cut into medium sized into florets-If you use frozen, prepare to cook for longer to draw out excess water from the freezing process.

Drizzle of Oil

Spice Mix (1 Teaspoon each of):

Dried Rosemary, Powdered Annatto, Powdered Garlic, Ajwain Seeds, Salt(less than a teaspoon, as too much salt will ruin it! If using a large cauliflower feel free to add upto this amount though.)

 

METHOD

Firstly, cut and soak the cauliflower in salted water, for about 15 minutes, then set to drain. Pre heat the oven, and place the pieces of cauliflower in a baking dish/tray. Sprinkle the spice mix over the top, dividing the cauliflower into two. Repeat the action for the other pieces.

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Place in the oven. Drizzle oil over the vegetable. This should cook for around 30-40 minutes on 200 degrees. Serve with meat, tofu, fish  or as part of a warm salad. Disfrutalo!

 

 

 

Scrambled Eggs/Huevos Revueltos

I know what many of you are going to say… Scrambled eggs.. But I know how to do that!! But, when I began this blog four years ago, I wanted to show how easy and economical it was to cook your own meals! I also wanted to make things simpler for those who can’t even boil water! So, without further ado, here is a basic recipe for those who want to know how!

INGREDIENTS

2 Large Eggs or 3 Small-Medium Eggs
Salt and Black Pepper
Cheese (around 30 grams or so. OPTIONAL)
Around 20 grams or two spoons of butter

METHOD

First, whisk the eggs,with a little salt and pepper and then set aside. Or you could wait until the butter has melted and whisk the eggs in the pan, like I did in the picture! Otherwise, heat a pan with the butter and,when melted, add the eggs.

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Keep on a moderate heat, and using a wooden spoon, gently stir.

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As it cooks it,will set a little more and look like this:

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You are looking for a firm yet soft consistency. Add cheese if desired.

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Excuse the slightly blurred picture! Lol!

Stir the cheese in and allow to heat for 30-40 seconds more,to melt the cheese. In total, stir for 5 minutes until you have a slightly firm,yet soft and silky texture and it is hot throughout the mass of eggs. Leave it longer,and you will have nasty,rubber textured eggs! You’ve been warned!! Serve with toast,beans,hash browns,sausages or even by itself.

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Thank you so much to all my followers!! Its been a good start to the year, and may there be many more witty,inspired and heartfelt posts from all of you who decided to jump on the ‘Dinieworld’ bandwagon!! Thank you all for liking my recipes,the comments and giving me inspiration to look into new things or learn. You guys are a lot to keep up with,but I’ll try!

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Spicy Garlic Popcorn/Palomitas Picantes Con Ajo

What happens when you crave popcorn, but can’t have your favorite toffee flavour?(Due to Lent, I’ve given up sweets of most kinds except yoghurts.) I hear most of you say,’Just have the salted one’.. But in ‘Dinieworld'(My creative alter ego world!), nothing is ever going to be that simple and boring on my taste buds!

So if you like, a little spice(From smoked ghost chilli pepper), and garlic,make this recipe!

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INGREDIENTS

SERVES ONE

1/4 Cup of Popping Corn
1-2 Tablespoons of Oil

SPICE MIX:

1 Teaspoon of Coriander Seeds
1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1 Whole Ghost Chilli Pepper
Upto 1 Teaspoon of Vegetable Buillion-You will probably need less.

METHOD
Firstly, grind the coriander seeds and chilli. Set aside. Put the pot to heat and add the kernels ,covering the pan. You will hear them start to pop. When you do, move the pan gently to disperse the kernels in the heated oil. It is done when you hear no more popping. Sprinkle seasonings to taste,stir and serve. Disfrutalo!!

Oxtail in Pepper Sauce/Cola De Rabo En Salsa De Pimiento

As it’s still cold here in the UK, I’ve been either souping or stewing, and thinking about how to make it funky.. In a tastebud teasing way!

This recipe is oxtail, but without butter beans, and not cooked in a Caribbean style. This recipe uses subtle spices and a roasted red pepper sauce, which adds a complementary flavour to the meat. To cut cooking time, cook in a pressure cooker, or it can be left in a slow cooker and ready for you to serve after a long day at work.

INGREDIENTS

Around 2kgs of Oxtail,cut into medium rounds

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2 Scallions/Spring Onions, chopped roughly
3 Cloves of Garlic
1-2 Jars of Roasted Red Pepper

SPICE MIX(For meat):

2 Teaspoons of

Yellow Mustard Seeds,
Ajwain Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Coriander Seeds
Smoked Paprika(Pimentón)

Olive Oil,around 2 tablespoons
Salt and Black Pepper to taste

METHOD

First, wash the meat in salt water, and drain. Toast the spices in a dry pan(the seeded ones), until golden and popping, and grind.

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Rub meat with seasonings and set aside while a pot with olive oil heats up.

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Brown the meat, and meanwhile, blend the spring onions/scallions, garlic and roasted red peppers.

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When the meat has browned, add the onion-pepper mixture,and some water to cover the meat. Leave to simmer for around 2 1/2 hours,or until tender. Reduce the sauce as desired.

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If using the pressure cooker, repeat all the steps except the addition of the onion-pepper mixture, and pressurise for around half an hour, or until tender. Add the onion pepper mixture, and bubble away for around 15 minutes or until reduced enough and season to taste.

Serve with vegetables, and rice, pasta, couscous,or starch of choice. Disfrutalo!