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Black Pepper Beef Recipe with noodles - Woh Hup - Ping Coombes Somerset Foodie

Chinese Black Pepper Beef Noodles

Black pepper beef is one of those enduring dishes that's on every Chinese takeaway menu. This dish is super easy and really quick to bring together at home with just a few ingredients. Beef and black pepper are bold flavours and the combination will make your mouth water and your taste buds tingle.
Spanish Chickpea Stew with Fino Sherry and Roasted Peppers

Spanish Chickpea Stew with Fino Sherry and Roasted Peppers

If you've ever thought vegetarian food is slightly dull, hold on to your hats... this simple one-pot dish based on the humble chickpea absolutely packs in the flavour. The soft creamy chickpeas are cooked in a richly flavoured tomato sauce with a good splash of Fino sherry, dried chilli and smoked paprika. The dish is finished with roasted peppers, creamy aioli made with olive oil, a scattering of fresh parsley and a chunk of grilled sourdough.
Spanish Fish Stew with Cod and Mussels Recipe

Spanish Fish Stew with Cod and Mussels Recipe

There is something quite magical about a good fish stew, it packs in so much flavour, yet is still fresh, light and healthy. A great fish stew doesn't need to be complicated - if you can get hold of some fresh white fish and a few mussels or clams, foodie greatness awaits with just a few key store cupboard ingredients and about 45 minutes of your time.
Mexican Chicken Mole Recipe

Mexican Chicken Mole Recipe

A good mole has layers of contrasting, rich sweet and savoury flavours in the sauce. Pasilla and Ancho chillies combine to give a lovely roasted fruitiness with mild chilli heat, whilst the cocoa and spices lend themselves perfectly to this unctuous, velvety sauce. There's good reason why 125 million Mexican's go nuts for it and they've made it their national dish.

Chorizo, White Bean & Potato Stew Recipe

Chorizo, White Bean & Potato Stew Recipe

A few years ago I was lucky enough to go on a cycling tour with a few mates where we followed the Ebro River in Spain, from its source, down into the famous Rioja wine region. As this was a self-guided tour we were given two pieces of advice when it came to lunch stops.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zhoug

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zhoug

Ready for a cauliflower renaissance? No more soggy, over-cooked mush, cauliflower deserves to be a dinner-plate hero! This humble vegetable is simply transformed when roasted - it's sweet and nutty with hints of smoky charring on the edges.
Kung Pao Chicken Recipe - Somerset Foodie Gong Bao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Kung Pao Chicken - sometimes called Gong Boa - is a really simple stir fry recipe that's full of rich umami flavours spiked with the holy trinity of Chinese ingredients - chilli, ginger and garlic - seasoned with mouth-tingling Sichuan pepper and soy sauce. It's a classic for good reason - dark, sticky, sweet and sour and really tasty, quick and easy to make.

Foodie fish and chips recipe - Somerset Foodie pan fried sea bass with mojo rojo sauce

Pan-fried Sea Bass with Rosemary Potatoes and Mojo Rojo Sauce

This really simple dish is a foodie take on fish and chips and it's totally transformed with our new Mojo Rojo sauce. Originating in Spain, this utterly delicious sauce combines red peppers with red wine vinegar, garlic and sweet paprika - it just seems to be greater than the sum of it's parts.

Warm Noodle Salad with Lemongrass Chilli Chicken and XO Sauce

Warm Noodle Salad with Lemongrass Chilli Chicken and XO Sauce

Our Sau Tao Taiwan style wide cut noodles are key to making this dish so good, they are lovely long ribbon noodles with crimped edges that are slightly chewy, taste great and look really funky. Mixed with some intense and spicy XO sauce and a little zingy Vietnamese nouc cham, a salty, sour and sweet dressing made using fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, fresh chilli and lime juice, the combination is fantastic.
Mexican Tortilla Soup - Somerset Foodie Ben Tollworthy Recipe

Mexican Tortilla Soup

We sell the best corn tortillas that make amazing Mexican tacos, but what do you do with any that are left over? In Mexico, they make tortilla soup. Tortilla soup in Mexico is as common and well-loved as French onion soup is in France. With a base of pasilla chillies and a touch of smoky chipotle, it's warming, comforting and certainly lifts the spirits on a cold day.
Spanish Morcilla on Sourdough with Caramelised Red Peppers

Spanish Morcilla on Sourdough with Caramelised Red Peppers

Morcilla is a Spanish type of black pudding that's eaten throughout Spain, often as tapas or in stews. I absolutely love the whole concept of tapas, I've been on a few trips to Northern Spain where it's easy to spend a night wandering between tapas bars, choosing the best on offer and washing it all down with cider or inexpensive red wine. It's such a convivial way to spend an evening, eating and drinking all night long!
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!

Smoked Sardines on Toast

Smoked Sardines on Toast

Eating freshly barbecued sardines, fresh from the sea is one of life's absolute joys. If you can't get to the Mediterranean or it's too cold to light your BBQ at home, here's the next best thing. These smoked sardines are fantastic quality and I can't think of a better way to enjoy them than on a slice of Village Baking Co sourdough with a few sweet cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion and a squeeze lemon.
Indonesian Nasi Goreng Recipe and ingredients - Somerset Foodie

Indonesian Nasi Goreng with Sambal Shrimp

Nasi Goreng might sound exotic, but foodies this is one of THE BEST dishes for using up all those random odds and ends lurking in the depths of your fridge - especially if you have some leftover cold rice too. The secret weapon here is kecap manis, it's a wonderfully sweet and savoury Indonesian soy sauce that tastes amazing, it's the perfect seasoning for the rice and brings all the flavours together perfectly.
Burrata Cheese on Sourdough Toast

Burrata Cheese on Sourdough Toast

Foodies this is so simple and delicious.Our super-creamy Burrata is made by the Maldera family who have been making cheese since 1972. One of the difficulties with Burrata is that it has an incredibly short shelf life. We have a brilliant frozen product, there are 3 x 100g balls in each pack and they defrost perfectly, giving you all the flavour and texture you would expect.
Fusilli Pasta with Nduja, Black Olives, Salted Capers & Kale

Fusilli Pasta with Nduja, Black Olives, Salted Capers & Kale

There are times when a comforting bowl of pasta is all that's needed and I cook this regularly because it's so simple and tasty. It's almost a complete 'store cupboard' meal that you can throw together with minimal fuss. Fusilli pasta is my shape of choice for this dish, using a great quality pasta such as our Armando range, makes a noticeable difference.


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