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Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodles

These addictively savoury noodles, laced with fiery chilli oil and fragrant, mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns do require a reasonably well stocked Chinese larder, but are relatively straight forward to make and will quite possibly become a regular on your weekly menu.
BBQ Cuban Mojo Chicken

BBQ Cuban Mojo Chicken

This Cuban Mojo marinade is one of my favourite Somerset Foodie sauces. It raises the BBQ bar from dried out old meat to something spectacular. It's spiced with chipotle, garlic and orange which makes for mouthwatering chicken...
Asian Cucumber Salad

Asian Cucumber Salad

It's sometimes hard to get excited about cucumber, particular when they are 'straight from the fridge cold' and sliced into slightly uninspiring rounds. Cucumbers are 96% water, they have a lovely clean, crunchy texture but need a little helping hand to bring out their best.
Pizza Bianca - Pinsa Romana Pizza Bases with Burrata Cheese - Somerset Foodie

Pinsa Romana with Artichokes, Burrata Cheese & Toasted Hazelnuts

I'm a massive fan of 'pizza bianca', they really show off the quality of the pizza base and the flavours that you choose to put on top. There is a summery freshness to this recipe, perfect for al fresco dining and sharing with friends - something chilled to go alongside finishes this picture perfectly.

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Classic Mexican Chicken Tinga is a slow cooked chicken dish made with tomatoes and chipotle chillies. This particular recipe has the addition of dried Ancho and Cascabel Chillies too. I love layering different chilli flavours and if you want a ticket to the most heavenly tasting shredded chicken, then keep on reading...
Glass Noodle Salad with Sesame, Ginger & Soy Dressing

Glass Noodle Salad with Sesame, Ginger & Soy Dressing

I just love the fresh vibrant flavours of a noodle salad, a riot of textures and flavours - brought together with a zingy, aromatic dressing. Year-round versatility, you can incorporate whatever fresh veg or salad happens to be in season at the time, or lurking in your fridge and needs using up.
Yakitori Chicken

Yakitori Chicken

Chicken Yakitori is a Japanese BBQ classic and so simple to cook, it literally means 'Grilled Chicken'. As with sushi chefs, you can train in Japan to become a 'Yakitori Chef'...
Thai Chicken Khao Soi Soup

Thai Chicken Khao Soi Soup

Khao Soi is a noodle soup from Northern Thailand, packed full of flavour. It's spicy, it's fresh, it's fragrant, there is so much going on - you'll love it. The base of the soup is pretty similar to a red curry so to keep things simple, I've just used our brilliant Thai red curry paste. 

Lebanese Spiced Falafels with Tahini and Tabouleh

Lebanese Spiced Falafels with Tahini and Tabouleh

There's nothing quite as simple and tasty as a freshly cooked falafel. Once seen as just the vegan option, it's become a stalwart on the festival eating scene and a real favourite on restaurant menus. For good reasons too, a tasty falafel packs enough flavour to tempt even the most die hard meat-eaters away from the burger van.
Malaysian Gado Gado salad - with a satay sauce recipe by Ping Coombes

Malaysian Gado Gado Salad

The key to making this salad great is to have a variety to textures and flavours all wrapped up an amazing peanut satay dressing. We are incredibly lucky to have the amazing Ping Coombes on our doorstep, the winner of Masterchef in 2014. Ping is such a talent in the kitchen and a brand ambassador for Jimmy's Sate Sauce...

BBQ Lemongrass Chilli Pork Belly

BBQ Lemongrass Chilli Pork Belly

There is a fantastic chef called Samin Nosrat who talks about the basic elements of cooking - check out her book "Salt Fat Acid Heat" - it's won loads of awards. At the heart of good cooking lies good decision making and the primary decision regarding heat is whether to cook slowly over gently heat or quickly over intense heat. Cooking food over charcoal or wood on a BBQ can be a combination of both, the skill lies in deciding the perfect moment to start cooking. It is a brilliant way to introduce an extra layer of flavour...
Wild Garlic Potato Salad with Japanese Mayonaise

Wild Garlic Potato Salad with Japanese Mayonaise

Wild garlic is so abundant where we live, so much of the woodland in early spring has that unmistakable aroma. The season starts in early March and goes on through to the middle of Spring. It's best early in the season, although the pretty white flowers that emerge later can be eaten too, they are great in salads. Use a sharp knife to cut from the base and choose the brightest, green leaves.

Traditional Simnel Cake

Traditional Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake is a delicious rich traditional Easter cake, made with fruit and almond paste. Although marzipan is readily available in the shops, homemade almond paste is very quick and easy and tastes so much better.
The Best Ever Bacon Sandwich No. 3 - The Old English

The Best Ever Bacon Sandwich No. 3 - The Old English

This is the final recipe on my little series of bacon sandwich recipes. It's a combination that's regularly eaten at weekends in our house. There's always a jar of marmalade on our breakfast table and very often a surplus rasher of bacon and a spare piece of toast, the combination is the perfect end to a lazy weekend breakfast.
The Best Ever Bacon Sandwich No. 2 - The Ninja

The Best Ever Bacon Sandwich No. 2 - The Ninja

Continuing my short series on great tasting bacon sandwich recipes, we have recipe No. 2 - The Ninja. This was inspired by some new Japanese ingredients that we have and a twist on the classic BLT.
The Best Ever Bacon Sandwich No. 1 - The Elvis

The Best Ever Bacon Sandwich No. 1 - The Elvis

Creating a post about the 'best ever' bacon sandwich may spark a debate. First, there is the age old argument about whether to toast the bread or not. You then run into the 'red sauce' or 'brown sauce' debate and I'm not even going to discuss back bacon or streaky. I am basically throwing the cat amongst the pigeons, ignoring all the rules and going totally off-piste with a short series of bacon sarnie recipes that I think are totally delicious.


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