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Thai Beef Noodle Salad

Thai Beef Noodle Salad

I absolutely adore this salad, it's vibrant, fresh and combines all the bold flavours of Thai cuisine. The tasty seared beef elevates this dish to a main course balanced by light noodles, crunchy vegetables, fragrant herbs and umami rich dressing.
Shawarma Chicken with Tahini Sauce

Shawarma Chicken with Tahini Sauce

Shawarma is up there as one of my favourites, it's so tasty and the hands down winner over the Turkish Doner or the Greek Gyros. Although it's traditionally cooked on a large skewer, rotisserie style, it's easily possible to recreate this fantastic street food classic at home.
Chorizo sausage cooked in cider

Chorizo sausage cooked in cider

Not everyone knows that Spain has a huge cider-drinking culture, but in the Northern region of Asturias there are plenty of apple orchards and sidra is a really popular drink. In the bars of Asturias, the waiters pour cider with a flourish - holding the cider bottle with one hand, a couple of feet above their heads, and pouring it into special glasses that are held below their waists with the other hand. This takes a fair bit of practice and unless you're happy to mop the floor up afterwards, not recommended to try at home!
Somerset Foodie Recipe for Seafood Paella

Spanish Seafood Paella

The beauty of making a paella - NO STIRRING! Get it on and go and do something else, the results are stunning. There are so many variations of this Catalan classic and (just like a risotto) there are so many different ingredients that you can use. When by the coast, fish and shellfish rule, the further inland, chicken, rabbit, sausage are the key. To make a good paella, there are a few things that you need to get right, the rest will take care of itself.


Simple Shrimp Tacos - Tacos de Camaron

Simple Shrimp Tacos - Tacos de Camaron

This taco recipe is just about the quickest and simplest way to enjoy super tasty, authentic tasting Mexican tacos. Everything comes together in less than 20 minutes. Shrimp tacos or Tacos de Camaron as they are called in Mexico, require very little preparation
Egg Fettuccine with Mussels and Saffron

Egg Fettuccine with Mussels and Saffron

Eating seafood with pasta always makes me think I'm on holiday, it's a fantastic combination particularly with this delicious egg fettuccine. It's really worth trading up for dried egg pasta... compared to Durum wheat pasta, dried egg pasta has a much richer flavour with a lovely silky texture.
Crispy Miso Marinated Shiitake Bao Bun

Crispy Miso Marinated Shiitake Bao Bun

The flavours going on in this bao bun are extraordinary. It has everything that a good bao bun should have - a deeply savoury, umami rich centrepiece, sharp pickles for good contrast, a creamy hot mayo, salty sweet roasted peanuts and fragrant herbs all wrapped up in a soft, fluffy warm bun.....I could live on these!
Somerset Foodie Bucatini alla Amatriciana Recipe

Bucatini all'Amatriciana

Providing a recipe for one of the classic Roman pasta dishes is always fraught with danger...a) because I don't come from Rome and b) I remember cooking for my wife's Great Aunt, who lived in Naples and was always quick to point out when I'd got something wrong! I love the simplicity of this dish and I want to share it, so here goes...


Japanese Gyudon - Beef Rice Bowl

Japanese Gyudon - Beef Rice Bowl

The essence of the dish is extremely thinly sliced strips of beef that are simmered in a flavourful broth, served over rice and topped with pickled ginger, spring onions, shichimi togarashi and often a soft cooked egg. It's utterly delicious and super simple to make.The bonus is that once sliced, a single 8oz steak is enough for two people.
Japanese Udon Noodle Soup

Japanese Udon Noodle Soup

The whole idea of this udon noodle soup recipe is simplicity - thick noodles in an umami rich broth that's comforting, delicious and surprisingly filling. In fact the eggs and mange tout that I've used here are optional extras. In it's simplest form, this dish can come together in the time it takes to boil a kettle. It's made super easy by using the wonderful Hamadaya ingredients. They are made in the Southern area of Japan, close the Islands largest volcano called Mount Aso.
Malay Chicken Curry

Malay Chicken Curry

Malaysia is a melting pot of Asian cuisines and their famous chicken curry - Kari Ayam - has a strong Indian influence, but with the addition of lemongrass and coconut milk you get a unique fragrant curry vibe.
Easy Coconut & Spinach Chana Dal with Pan Roasted Broccoli

Easy Coconut & Spinach Chana Dal with Pan Roasted Broccoli

I make Dal for supper regularly - at least once a month. It's delicious, healthy and so easy, particularly if I'm busy. It takes no time to get this recipe going and after an hour or so when you're ready to stop and eat, it's done. It's also great when you've not had much time for shopping - you just need a few fresh ingredients.

Sausage Paella with Red Onion and Cavalo Nero

Sausage Paella with Red Onion and Cavalo Nero

I can't decide which is my favourite... risotto or paella? They are cooked quite differently and both are fantastic when made well. Whilst working on this recipe, I do think that perhaps paella might just get my vote, with it's bold, upfront flavours. This is seriously tasty comfort food. It's also a 'one pan wonder' and the bonus... no stirring!
Quick and simple babaganoush baba ganoush

Quick & Simple Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush is a wonderful smoky aubergine dip from the Middle East - it blows the socks off houmous. I love it with grilled pitta breads but often struggle to find the time to make it, that is until I discovered this new aubergine puree.
Orecciette Pasta with roasted cauliflower, preserved lemons, hazelnuts and pangrattata

Orecchiette Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower, Preserved Lemon & Hazelnuts

Growing up, cauliflower was generally presented to me smothered in cheese sauce and baked in the oven. It's delicious and still is a real family favourite. However, the wonderful nutty flavour that a simple cauliflower develops when roasted is a joy that I didn't discover until a few years ago. Cauliflower is widely available all year round, although they are at their peak in spring and autumn, they are a real workhorse during those drab months when not much seems to be in season.
Duck confit recipe Somerset Foodie - Lecale Harvest

Confit Duck with Bacon and White Bean Cassoulet, Spiced Braised Red Cabbage

It's hard to find authentic confit in the supermarkets here so I was so excited to discover this version, made in Ireland and in vacuum sealed packs with a good long shelf life. It's stunning quality and just as good as any confit you'll find in France.


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