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Chipotle Chilli Chicken


Having finally unpacked the last boxes, after the epic house move, I was delighted to be finally back in the kitchen. For the record I have no intention of moving for at least another 10 years, and will most certainly not offer to wrap and box the contents of the house ever again.

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As a result of the house move, I am now the proud owner of a gas fired BBQ.

Generally, I am a fan of all things charcoal when it comes to BBQ’ing, however, I have been swayed over the years from my sisters-in-law in New Zealand and Oz that quick al fresco cooking is worthwhile.

So, last night I wanted to create something with Chipotle chilli. I have become totally addicted to the smokey flavour and slight punch these chillies give. Combined with the lime juice and cumin I wanted to achieve a real Mexicana feel.

The kebabs were fantastic, moist and succulent but savoury and fresh with a delicate smokey taste followed by a tingling on the lips as the chilli mades itself known!

Totally delicious, and tasting even better for being eaten outside!

Chipotle Chilli Chicken : Wrap Close Up

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Sizzling Beef Fajitas


I love eating Beef Fajitas. Whats not to love - sizzling beef with a good chilli kick!

They are quick and easy to make, and really show case a good quality, cheap cut of beef.

I like to use the griddle pan for this recipe, as it can get extremely hot, and replicates the chargrill of a barbecue.

I like to eat my fajitas with
Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, homemade flatbread topped with Manchego cheese and a little sour cream.

The marinade works just as well with pork and chicken.

Beef Fajitas : Close Up


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Pico de Gallo


Pico De Gallo is the traditional salad accompaniment served with Beef Fajitas.

The sweet and sharp tanginess of the salad works so well with the homemade Guacamole, sour cream and Beef Faijitas. I love to eat these in homemade
flatbread.

Super simple, but extremely tasty.

Pico de Gallo : Close Up


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Beef Carpaccio


We were having a little celebration, (hence the Roederer Champagne) at home and wanted a simple but impressive starter.

Beef carpaccio barely registers as cooking, but tastes oh so divine. I love the contrasting flavours and textures of the ultra thin bashed fillet steak just slightly cooked by the lime juice and topped with salty parmesan and peppery rocket leaves.

I asked the butcher to prepare the fillets for me, saving me the bulk of work!

Enjoy with a decent crusty loaf or home made bread.

Beef Carpaccio : Celebrations



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Ginger Stem, Coconut and Lime Cupcakes


Gorgeous light zingy cupcakes. A doddle to make!

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Coriander and Lime Rice


A delicious cooling, sticky and fragrant rice. Ideal for hot curries or fish based mains.

Originally served with
Chinese Steamed Sea Bream.

Coriander and Lime Rice


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Spicy Thai Leftover Roast Beef Salad


Inevitably, after having Sunday Roast, there is always a little left overs.

With the beef, beautifully medium rare, what better way to serve up a tasty and mouth watering lunch?

Making this took no longer than ten minutes and tasted fantastic.

It is cheap, healthy and incredibly addictive with the chilli kick.

I had it for lunch Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!

It travels really well, with the flavours developing in the fridge overnight.

A great excuse to make Roast Beef and Yorkshire puddings!
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Spicy Thai Beef Salad

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