Compiled Recipe – Butter Garlic Prawns

Butter Garlic Prawns

* 150 grams butter, divided
* 1 kilo prawns
* salt (to season)
* 15 cloves garlic, chopped finely, divided
* ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped, divided
* 1 tsp. sweet paprika, mixed with 1 teaspoon spicy paprika
* 2 lemons, halved
* 200 grams feta cheese

1) Dot a little under a third of the butter on the base of a heavy bottomed pot. Place a single layer of prawns over the butter and season with a bit of salt. Sprinkle about a third of the garlic and parsley over prawns and dust with some paprika.

2) Dot another third of the butter over the first layer of prawns Add another layer of prawns and top with garlic, parsley and paprika. Repeat layering with the rest of the ingredients.

3) Cover the pot with lid and place the pot over medium high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes then mix, making sure to place the prawns on the bottom (which have already cooked) on top and the uncooked prawns in the bottom. Cook for 5 minutes more and then repeat the mixing.

4) Squeeze lemons over the top, add feta cheese and toss; cook for a minute more or until prawns are just about done, taking care not to overcook them.



Compiled Recipe – Spicy Tahini Palmiers

Spicy Tahini Palmiers

* ¼ cup or 60 grams tahini
* 1 fresh red chili pepper
* 1 clove garlic
* ½ tsp. paprika
* ¼ tsp. salt
* 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry, thawed

1) Chop chili finely. You can deseed first if you’d like to reduce the amount of spiciness. Put tahini, chopped chili, garlic, paprika and salt in a small bowl. Stir well.

2) Unroll your thawed puff pastry on top of a large piece of cling film.Spread your paste evenly over the pastry, making sure to go all the way to edges.

3) Use the cling film underneath to help you fold the bottom in to the middle.

4) Now fold the bottom over the top side as if you are closing a long book.

5) Use the cling film under the roll to tightly cover it and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

6) Preheat oven to 400°F or 200°C.

7) Unwrap the roll and cut it in half. Rewrap one half and put it back in the refrigerator. Cut the other half in half inch or 1 cm slices with a sharp knife.

8) Lay the slices on a baking pan lined with parchment or a non-stick silicone mat. Leave room between them for puffing and spreading.

9) Bake for 10-12 minutes in your preheated oven on one side and then flip and bake 5-6 minutes more on the other, or until golden and crispy. Cool on a wire rack.

10) Repeat the process with the second half of the roll. This makes about 20 spicy tahini palmiers.


Compiled Recipe – Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Coffee Glaze

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Coffee Glaze

* 2 cups milk
* 2 tbsp vinegar
* 2 tsp salt
* 1 (1.3 to 1.5 kilo) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
* 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
* ½ cup yellow cornmeal
* 2 tbsp salt
* 1 tsp white pepper
* 1 tsp cayenne pepper
* 1 tsp onion powder
* 1 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp paprika
* corn oil (for frying)
* 6 shots coffee, use espresso
* ½ tsp maple syrup
* ½ tbsp honey
* 2/3 cup catsup
* 2/3 cup butter

1) Pour milk and vinegar into a deep dish; let sit for 5 minutes. Add salt and stir.

2) Place chicken in milk mixture and marinate, covered, for at least 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.

3) Make the breading: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.

4) Heat oil in a deep frying pan to 360◦F. When oil is ready, dip chicken pieces, one at a time, into breading; toss to coat completely. Dip again in milk mixture and toss into breading.

5) Deep fry chicken until golden and reads 165 to 170◦F on a meat thermometer, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain on a wire rack.

6) Make the sticky coffee glaze: Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium low heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally for 10 to 15 minutes. Let sauce cool slightly (Sauce will thicken as it cools.) Set aside and keep warm.

7) Toss chicken gently into sticky coffee glaze. (Note: Alternatively, you can drizzle or brush glaze on chicken.)


Compiled Recipe – Tomato Soup with Pepperoni and Beans

Tomato Soup with Pepperoni and Beans

* 2 tbsp oil, divided
* 1 cup pepperoni, chopped
* 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (use 400 gram can)
* 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (use 400 gram can)
* ¼ tsp paprika
* 2 red onions, chopped
* 5 cloves garlic, chopped
* 4 cups beef broth
* ½ cup frozen green peas, thawed
* ¾ cup canned tomatoes, diced
* 1 cup day old rice
* salt (to taste)
* black pepper (to taste)

1) Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add then sauté pepperoni. Stir in chickpeas and white beans. Season with paprika, salt and pepper; sauté until heated through. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

2) In the same pot, heat remaining oil. Add onion and garlic; sauté until softened. Pour in beef broth, bring to a boil, and lower heat to simmer. Stir in tomatoes, peas, rice and pepperoni mixture into the pot. Simmer until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve while hot.




Compiled Recipe – Chicken and Squash with Rice

Chicken and Squash with Rice

* 2 tbsp oil
* 2 tbsp butter
* 1 small red onion, peeled, chopped
* 5 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
* 1 cup pumpkin or squash , rind removed, cubed
* ¼ kilo chicken thigh fillets, cubed
* 1 tsp paprika
* ½ tsp dried sage
* 1 tsp red pepper flakes
* 2 (100 gram) packs black beans, drained, rinsed well
* 1 cup chickpeas , thawed
* ½ cup frozen green peas, thawed
* salt (to taste)
* ground black pepper (to taste)

1) Heat oil in a large wok over medium heat. Add and melt butter. Add onion and cook until softened. Add garlic and cook until softened.

2) Toss pumpkin with salt and pepper and add to the wok. Cook, stirring regularly, until softened.

3) Season chicken chunks with salt , ground black pepper , paprika and sage. Add to the wok and cook, stirring, until opaque and cooked through. Season with red pepper flakes, if you like.

4) Add blackbeans, chickpeas and peas. Toss to coat and cook until heated through. Season to taste. Serve with a side of rice.


Compiled Recipe – Chicken Potato Frittata

Chicken Potato Frittata

* 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
* 3 medium potatoes, peeled, cubed
* 1 medium red onion, peeled, sliced
* 2 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
* 2 tomatoes, cored, chopped
* ½ tsp Spanish paprika
* 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
* 4 large eggs
* 2 tbsp mayonnaise
* 2 tbsp spring onions, greens only, chopped (to serve)
* sour cream (to serve)
* salt (to taste)
* ground black pepper (to taste)

1) Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add potatoes and cook, stirring regularly to prevent sticking. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Fry until potatoes have browned and are tender. Transfer to a bowl. Set aside.

2) In the same pan, sauté onion, then garlic and finally, tomatoes. Cook until each has softened. Add chicken and sauté until cooked through. Season with paprika, salt and ground black pepper. Return potatoes to the pan and stir to mix with chicken mixture. Stir in peas.

3) Whisk eggs with mayonnaise until well combined. Pour over potatoes and chicken. Shake pan to distribute eggs evenly, then cover. Lower heat to low and cook until egg is just set in the middle of the pan. Remove from heat. Cut frittata into wedges and top with sour cream sprinkled with spring onion. Serve while hot.



Compiled Recipe – Spicy Chorizo Gambas

Spicy Chorizo Gambas

* 500 grams jumbo shrimp, peeled, de-veined
* salt (to taste)
* ground black pepper (to taste)
* olive oil (to sauté)
* 1 head garlic, cloves peeled and chopped finely
* 250 grams Spanish chorizo, sliced (use chistorra)
* ½ tsp smoked Spanish paprika, hot
* 1 tsp chili flakes (or to taste)
* 2 tsp extra virgin oil
* 2 to 3 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped

1) Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2) Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add half the garlic and sauté until golden. Do not overcook. Remove from pan, strain garlic and set aside.

3) Add more olive oil to skillet over medium heat (Note: add enough to cover the bottom of the pan). When oil is hot, add the rest of the garlic and sauté until golden. Add chorizo; cook until red-orange oil is rendered and chorizo is almost cooked through, about 5 minutes.

4) Push chorizo to one side and add shrimps to the pan. Sprinkle paprika and chili flakes. Toss and cook until shrimps turn orange, about 2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcook shrimps.

5) Turn off heat. Add extra virgin and parsley; mix. Top with the strained garlic then serve immediately.




Compiled Recipe – Mexican Taco Rice

Mexican Taco Rice

* 2 tbsp canola oil
* 1 medium red onion, peeled , sliced
* 2 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
* 3 tomatoes, chopped
* ½ kilo ground beef
* 1 pack taco seasoning (around 40 grams)
* 1 tsp Spanish paprika
* 1 pack black beans (around 100 grams), rinsed drained
* 1 can red kidney beans (around 400 grams), drained
* 1 can sweet kernel corn (around 425 grams), drained
* ½ cup water
*  3 cups day old rice
* 1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded
* 1 quick melt cheese, grated
* salt (to taste)
* ground black pepper (to taste)

1) In a large saute pan over medium heat, Saute onion , then garlic and finally, tomatoes until softened.

2) Add ground beef. Let brown before stirring. Once cooked through, remove excess fat from the pan. Stir in taco seasoning and paprika and season to taste.

3) Add both beans and corn. Pour in water. Let simmer until almost dry. Toss in rice. Stir in cheese and lettuce before serving.


Compiled Recipe – Easy Spanish Chorizo

Easy Spanish Chorizo

* 1 kilo pork shoulder (kasim), freshly ground
* 200 grams pork fat, freshly ground
* 4 tbsp smoked Spanish paprika
* 1 tbsp salt
* 1 tsp ground black pepper
* 1 tsp chili flakes
* 6 cloves garlic, minced
* ¼ cup dry red wine

1) Combine ground meat and fat in a large bowl.

2) Add remaining ingredients and mix gently using your hands until well combined.

3) Marinate, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.

4) To make skinless sausages, measure ¼-cup portions of the mixture and shape into logs. To store, wrap each sausage in parchment paper.

5) To make burger patties, measure ¾ cup (about 200 gram) portions of the mixture and shape into patties. (Note: You can also use a 5-inch metal cookie cutter to shape the patties.) To store, place parchment paper sheets between patties.

6) To cook, heat ½ tablespoon oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry sausages for about 1 to 2 minutes and the patties for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn to cook the other side for the same amount of time.

7) If serving as an appetizer, slice chorizo into 1-inch pieces. Alternatively, you can serve them with whole garlic rice and a fried egg on the side.

8) To make chorizo burgers, spread butter on the inside of each bun. Toast until warm. Spread 1 to 2 teaspoons garlic mayonnaise on the inside of each bun. Place 1 to 2 lettuce leaves and 1 chorizo patty on the bottom half of each bun. Top each with 1 to 2 tablespoons caramelized onions then cover with the top bun halves. Serve hot.



Compiled Recipe – Cheese Pimiento Squares

Cheese Pimiento Squares

* ½ cup canned pimiento, drained and chopped
* 1 tsp mustard powder
* ¼ tsp sweet paprika
* 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
* 2 ½ cups cheddar cheese, grated
* ½ cup butter, softened
* 1 tsp salt

1) Pre-heat oven to 325˚F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine canned pimiento, mustard powder, sweet paprika and all purpose flour; set aside. Mix cheddar cheese , butter and salt until blended.

2) Gradually add flour mixture and mix just until combined. Turn out onto a floured surface. Divide into 4 portions and flatten each into a square. Roll until 1/8-inch thick then cut into 1-inch squares. Place pieces, 1 inch apart, on baking sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.