Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

“Spaghetti as a whore would make it”. Yum. Sharp. We make it a lot. Wendy recommends serving it with beans fried in cheese.   Spaghetti alla Puttanesca Wendy Evans Print Recipe Ingredients  4 tablespoons olive oil3 cloves garlicTin tomatoes + juice1 tablespoon capers - chopped small16 black olives - chopped large1 small chilli - chopped fine1 ...

Chile Con Queso (Chilli with Cheese)

Manolito’s was a Tex-Mex restaurant in my home town. Sue Dempsey smuggled out a couple of recipes. Chile Con Queso literally means chilli with cheese. This recipe is yum, but rich. Very rich.  Chile Con Queso (Chilli with Cheese) Chile Con Queso literally means chilli with cheese. Delicious but rich. Print Recipe Ingredients  1 cup Onion4 ...

Gooey Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pecan pie but gooey, with chocolate. 🙂 Gooey Chocolate Pecan Pie Print Recipe Ingredients  250 grams short crust pastry1 egg100 g castor sugar25 g plain flour250 g golden syrup65 g butter melted25 g white chocolate roughly chopped25 g milk chocolate roughly chopped50 g pecan nuts roughly chopped6-8 pecan nuts for decorationicing sugar to dust Instructions preheat oven ...

Crepes – French Style Pancakes

I like crepes – there is something special about the texture. They differ from other pancakes by not having baking powder or baking soda – eggs provide the only rising. I sometimes use them in place of tortillas. This recipe makes 24 x 18 cm crepes, or up to 32 smaller ones. Crepes freeze well ...

Afghani Chicken

Roqiah explained some traditional Afghani dishes to me – including this one.  Afghani Chicken Roqiah Akrami A traditional Afghani chicken dish. Print Recipe Ingredients  Ingredients for marinade2 to matoes chopped1 onion choppedGarlicTiny bit of mint1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon honey1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon mild curry powder1 teaspoon corianderNatural yoghurt optionalIngredients for chicken1 1/2 cups water or ...

Bolanee – Afghani Green Vegetable Fried Pie

As with all my Afghani recipes, this one came from Roqiah. Serve with any kind of meat, or fried eggs. To be honest it was too oily for me. Bolanee - Afghani Green Vegetable Fried Pie Roqiah Akrami Print Recipe Ingredients  2 cups flour can have all white flour, or 3 quarters white and 1 quarter ...

Montego Surprise – Otherwise Known as “Joan’s Ruin”

A fabulous cocktail which was the highlight of my leaving party from New Zealand. Joan Prentice was serving it all night. We called it “Joan’s Ruin” and “Joan’s Revenge” but Joan told me its real name is “Montego Surprise”. The recipe and words are Joan’s. Montego Surprise - Otherwise Known as "Joan’s Ruin" Joan Prentice ...

Sweet and Sour Sauce

I love a sweet and sour combination. This recipe is an Asian sweat and sour sauce that I’ve been making forever. Serve on steamed fish and vegetables with rice. For an American style sweet and sour recipe see my Bone Sucking Sauce.   Sweet and Sour Sauce Steven Thomas Print Recipe Ingredients  GingerGarlic2 tablespoons soy sauce2 ...

Almond Tart (Pinolata)

I quite like Italian tarts. This was is “almond” flavoured.  Almond Tart (Pinolata) Print Recipe Ingredients  125 g butter softened150 g caster sugar25 g flour2 eggs2 egg yolks175 g ground almonds150 g pine nuts in 50 gram and 100 gram batchesRolled out Pastry6 tablespoons apricot jam or conserve Instructions Beat butter in warmed bowl until light and ...

Coq au Vin – Chicken in Wine

This recipe came to me via Teresa’s son Bernard . It is best to serve with steamed or boiled potatoes.  Coq au Vin - Chicken in Wine Bernard Laevens Print Recipe Ingredients  100 g Pork rindsButter 40gRooster or old hen 1.5-2kg1 Small carrot2 Onions3 cloves Garlic2 Shallots750 ml Strong red wine250 ml water1 tablespoon Tomato pasteCognac ...