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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.
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.
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.
Ginger & Chilli Lentils, with Pan Fried Salmon and a Yoghurt Dressing

Ginger & Chilli Lentils, with Pan Fried Salmon and a Yoghurt Dressing

This lentil recipe came from a chef friend who used to work at The Tate, he said it's one of those recipes you'll go back to time and time again. However, there's good news and bad news.... 

Chinese Beef in Chilli Bean Sauce

Chinese Beef in Chilli Bean Sauce

This recipe is like a beef stew with the added benefit that it all comes together in less than 10 minutes (with about 20 minutes of prep time). To save time and money use beef mince instead of sirloin.
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.
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.

Sourdough Flatbreads with Aubergine, Red Peppers and Schug

Sourdough Flatbreads with Aubergine, Red Peppers and Schug

This recipe, using our Italian Pinsa Romana pizza/flatbreads showcases some of our Middle Eastern ingredients. The flavours go brilliantly together, these flabreads are absolutely delicious and will become a firm favourite on pizza night.

Khao Soi - Thai Curry Noodle Soup

Khao Soi - Thai Curry Noodle 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. 
Cochinita Pibil - Slow Cooked Mexican Pork

Cochinita Pibil - Slow Cooked Mexican Pork

Discovering Achiote Paste for me was an epiphany moment in Mexican cooking. It's deep red in colour and actually more of a solid block than a loose paste. The key ingredient is annatto seeds, which are extracted from an evergreen shrub native to Latin America. It has a slightly smoky, earthy flavour that is popular in Mexican cuisine as a marinade for meat and fish. You have to dilute the block to use it and Mexicans often use a particular bitter orange for this. Getting hold of this special variety can be a challenge but you can recreate a similar effect by using regular oranges with some added vinegar.
Chorizo, White Bean & Potato Stew Recipe

Chorizo, White Bean & Potato Stew Recipe

This recipe is my homage to an amazing 'menú del día' of soft chorizo sausages, potatoes and beans, enjoyed in the Rioja region of Spain, where we ate and drank the most fabulous food.
Short Rib Beef Ramen

Short Rib Beef Ramen

When it's cold and rainy this beef ramen recipe has magical reviving properties, it's like nestling into an enormous sheepskin rug in front of a roaring fire on the grimmest of winter days.


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