25 Nov 2014


Such a great twist on southern fried chicken, succulent juicy outstanding crispy spicy cumin marinated and seasoned fried pork chops, drizzled with sharp vibrant lemon juice and served with a gorgeous homemade buffalo and sweet plum chilli mayo dip.

(Serves 4)

The marinade
4 meaty pork chops or
1 pork tenderloin sliced
5 red chillies (1 for finished dish)
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp sea salt
11/2 tsp toasted cumin seeds
1/2 tsp dried oregano
100ml organic rapeseed oil

Place all the marinade ingredients into a blender and pulse to a loose paste, once your meat is sliced pour over the marinade and leave to infuse for a few hours or over night, the longer the better, but even 20 minutes would do.

Ingredients for coating
100g potato flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp mustard powder
Pinch of cayenne chilli pepper
Pinch of sweet smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2ltr ground nut oil for frying
1 lemon juiced
Small bunch coriander chopped

Buffalo & sweet plum Mayo
50ml West Indian buffalo hot sauce
2 plums
200ml sweet chilli sauce
3 egg yolks
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp white wine vinegar
200-300ml organic rapeseed oil
Salt and white pepper

Next get the plum sweet chilli sauce under way, place the sweet chilli in a pan, bring up to a gentle simmer, destone the plums and roughly chop, add to the sweet chilli and simmer until pulpy, take off the heat and leave to cool.  

Next make the mayo, place the egg yolks, white wine vinegar and mustard in a deep bowl and whisk together start drizzling in the oil slowly at first whisking all the time, you can speed up the drizzling speed one you have poured approx half in, stop when you have a thick mayo emulsion, season with salt and pepper and then add the buffalo sauce and some of the sweet chilli plum sauce, taste and adjust with more of each to your own recipe.

In a bowl place all the dry coating ingredients and whisk together, place the oil in a deep frying pan and bring up to 180 degrees, drain off the marinated pork and toss into the coating, cover fully then gently tap off any excess flour, you want a light coating only.

Fry in batches for approx 4 minutes and drain on kitchen paper, drizzle with the lemon juice and sprinkle with sea salt, chopped red chillies and coriander, serve immediately with the hot sweet buffalo plum mayo dip.


WoW what a gorgeous meatball, the flavours for these were inspired by a Brasilian cook book I am glued to at the moment called Cabana.  These hot sweet spicy punchy little meatballs have a great burst of flavour, the chilli and sweet mango burst into your tastebuds followed with a soft comforting hint of creamy richness from the melted gooey cheese and finish off with a gorgeous caramelised sweet onion sticky glaze that just makes these meatballs sing with flavour.

Prep time 15 minutes / cooking time 15 minutes

(Makes 30 meatballs)

800g chuck steak
400g pork mince
1 small onion finely diced 
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 clove garlic grated
1 red pepper finely diced 
50g Parmesan grated
100g gurere grated
100g cheddar grated
Sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1 ripe mango finely diced
1 small handful chopped coriander 
1 spring onion sliced
8 red chillies finely diced
1 lime juice

In a large bowl place the pork and beef mince, add the garlic, red pepper, 4 diced chillies, all the cheeses and a generous pinch of salt and pepper, mix well by hand, meanwhile heat a non stick pan medium hot, add the coconut oil and onions gently cook keeping the onions translucent for around ten minutes, add a teaspoon of sugar, cook on for five more minutes to caramelise the onions, add to the bowl scraping all the flavour from the pan and mix in well.  

Pop the pan back on the heat, take a teaspoon ball of your meatball mix press flat and pan fry, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.  Using a small scoop or spoon form the mince into meatballs, I like to make mine half the size of a golf ball as this is almost big enough and helps keep them gorgeously moist and they cook much quicker.  

Return your pan to the heat and add your meatballs, don't over crowd, you may have to do this in two batches, on a medium high heat brown off all sides of the meatballs adding that gorgeous crust, turn the heat down and cook the meatballs so there is no pink in the middle.  Once cooked leave to rest for five minutes then remove from the pan leaving all the cooking juices in the pan, reduce these juices until they are thick and syrupy, pour over the meatballs.

While the meatballs are cooking make the hot spicy sweet mango salsa, in a bowl add the spring onion, the rest of the diced chillies, diced mango, coriander and lime juice to taste, season with a little salt and pepper if needed.

Serve hot with the chilli mango and lime salsa, I eat these on their own or with a side of rice or stuff them in a flat bread like a kebab with salad and mango salsa.


What a super winner dinner my favourite scotch bonnet hot buffalo and buttery wing sauce slowly braising chunks of tender grass feed beef in a rich tomato sauce, with a whole bottle of West Indian hot pepper sauce in this recipe you would think it is going to blow your lips off like that build up from buffalo hot wings, however this is not so, you get a warm hot pepper buzz with an overall heat that is comforting, if you want the explosive hot buzz add fresh diced scotch bonnets when you serve this.

  A favourite in our home, this is a Kristi original there is nothing I know of that comes close to this gorgeous rich sumptuous dish, quick to prep and then a few hours of un-attended slow cooking to bring all the glorious flavours together.

(Serves 4)

800g beef skirt or rump
1tbsp coconut oil
1 lrg onion finely diced
6 cloves garlic finely diced
1 red pepper chopped
1 celery chopped
1 leek chopped
1 carrot chopped
1 scotch bonnet chilli diced or milder chilli
4 tins tomatoes 
3 tbsp tomato purée 
1 tbsp sugar
250g butter
1 bottle West Indian hot pepper sauce
Sea salt
Black pepper
 First place your pan on the cooker, add the coconut oil, the onions, garlic, peppers, celery, leek and carrots and gently soften for around ten minutes keeping the onions translucent, next add the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and chillies, scotch bonnets if you want that extra level of gum tingling Ka-Pow! 

Bring the tomato sauce to a gentle just bubbling simmer and cook for ten minutes, meanwhile take your choice of steak and rough chop into 1" pieces, season with salt and black pepper, at the moment my choice is skirt because it has such depth of flavour and suits well to either flash frying rare or slow braising where all the flavour can melt into your sauce.  Melt some coconut oil in a frying pan and brown off the skirt all over then reserve to one side.

With a soup stick blender blend the tomato sauce until smooth, if you don't have a stick blender use a food processor, and pulse in small batches with a tea towel held over the top of the blender as hot liquids can spirt out when pulsed under pressure!

Bring the blended tomato sauce back up to a gentle almost simmer and add the beef scraping the pan all of the resting juices, add half the bottle of West Indian (not as hot as you think!) and gently cook for approx three hours, stirring occasionally.  When your tomato sauce is thick and the beef wants to fall apart when touched add the pack of butter and stir gently until melted, taste and adjust with adding more Louisiana hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper and maybe a squidge of lemon juice.

If you want more of a burn chilli heat rather than the warm hot pepper buzz this dish gives add fine diced Scotch bonnet chilled to you dish when served for that gum tingling Ka-Pow! 

22 Nov 2014


Gorgeous rich and sumptuous comfort food, this easy cook one pot dish is quick to make and loaded with flavour and goodness.  I make this with three eggs thinking I will never eat all that and I do every time, in fact I know I would eat more!  I love the flavour of the hot salsa as it elevates through the rich creamy smoked ham and egg yolk sauce which oozes over asparagus spinach and watercress making each spoonful sing to my taste buds.

(serves one)

3 eggs
6 spears asparagus
80g smoked ham torn
1 handful watercress
1 handful spinach
100ml single or double cream
Salsa ingredients
1/4 lime
1 tomato de-seeded and chopped
1 spring onion sliced
1/4 red pepper finely diced
1 tbsp coriander chopped
Sea salt
Black pepper

Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees, In a bowl add all the salsa ingredients and season with salt and pepper next take a oven proof dish approx 6-8 inches in diameter and layer half the watercress, spinach and ham in the bottom, then crack in the three eggs, add the remaining ham, watercress and spinach, pour over the cream and season with a little salt and pepper and sprinkle on the salsa.

Bake in the oven for approx 18 minutes there should still be a hint of a wobble when cooked and the yolks will be mollet with a slow thick run when broken adding that extra rich depth to your already gorgeous cream sauce.

20 Nov 2014


My first attempt at preserving went a bit wonky, I loosley read a woolly recipe and did not do any further homework.  I also used a malt vinegar which along with the woolly recipe resulted in inedible lip curling acidic beetroot!

I got my hands on a excellent canning book while on holiday in the states and am really pleased to have successfully preserved my home grown bounty of jalapeños, another step forward in my families journey to a self sufficient lifestyle.

(makes 3 jars)

40 large jalapenos
550ml white vinegar 5%
250ml water
200g sugar
3 jars & lids

Place the white vinegar, water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer until the sugar has dissolved, meanwhile slice the jalapenos.  Place your clean dry jars and lids in a hot oven 200 degrees for five minutes to sterlize.

Remove your jars and lids from the oven and fill with the sliced jalapenos, fill to the top with the hot pickling vinegar and pop the lids on.  The hot liquid in hot jars will sterlize and preserve the jalapenos, if you want to be extra sure you can place the sealed jars in a canning boiler or deep saucepan with a trivet and boil for ten minutes.

16 Nov 2014


Succulent juicy spicy moroccan rubbed roasted lamb, butterflied (bone removed) to give more surface for the spices and because this will halve the cooking time, this will only take around 25 minutes to roast making this a sumptious mid week treat speedy supper, served with zesty roasted lemon potatoes the whole dish from prep to plate only takes 55 minutes.

Prep time 10 minutes / Cook time 45 minutes

(serves 4-6)
Roasting tin and tray, tin foil

4 large King Edward potatos
2 cloves garlic grated
2 lemons juiced
100ml olive oil
150ml water
1 leg of lamb

Moroccan Spice
(Ras el hanout, you can buy this already mixed)
Mix together
11/2  tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground mace
2 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground all spice
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp  ground cinnamon
11/2 tsp ground cardamon seeds
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground turmeric
pinch of saffron shreds

Fail proof cooking guides
Blue 6 mins per lb / 40 degrees 
Rare 9 minutes per lb / 50 degrees
Medium 12 mins per lb / 55 degrees
Well done 18 mins per lb / 70 degrees

Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees C, rub the lamb with a glug of olive oil and a generous amount of the Moroccan spice mix on all sides making sure you get in to all nooks and crannies, if you can leave this to marinate for a few hours or over night it will intensify the flavour, it is not the end of the world if you can not and even the twenty minutes waiting time while the potatoes are getting a head start in the oven will be beneficial.   

Next peel the potatoes, cut them in half then roughly chop each half into four pieces, place the lemon juice, lemons, olive oil, water and garlic in a roasting tin along with the potatoes and toss, cover the tin with tin foil and place in the oven, these will take approximately forty minutes to cook, after twenty minutes remove the foil to allow the potatoes to crisp up.

At this point put your lamb in the oven, top shelf to roast for the remainder of the potatoes cooking time approx twenty to twenty five minutes for juicy succulent medium rare, (12 minutes per lb/55 degrees).  Rest your lamb under tin foil for five minutes while you warm your plates and dish up the potatoes then enjoy.

10 Nov 2014


These simple but glorious sumptuous little parcels of aromatic flavours are one of my many undoings!  Once I pop the first one in my mouth all sense of decorum leaves my being and I become pot sticker obsessed, I just love love love each parcel of flavour along with the gorgeous soy sauce dip seasoned with sesame oil, wasabi, ginger and chilli.

Prep time 1hr / Cooking time 5 minutes per batch

(Makes 30)

Dim Sum Pastry
300g plain flour
200ml hot water
Pinch of salt

Dim Sum Filling
500g pork mince
300g prawns (not farmed)
2" ginger grated
3 spring onions finely chopped
1 clove garlic grated
1 red chilli finely chopped
 2 x 1 tsp coconut oil
Sea salt and black pepper

Soy Dipping Sauce
Mix all the ingredients together
30ml light soy sauce
20ml dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp mirin
Dash of sesame oil
1 red chilli finely chopped
Pea size of wasabi
Pinch of grated ginger

Large bowl, rolling pin, non stick frying pan with a lid, scone cutter.

First make the dim sum pastry, place the flour in a large bowl with the salt and then add the hot water, mix together to form a dough and knead for a couple of minutes until smooth, wrap in baking paper and leave to rest for 30 minutes.

In your frying pan heat the coconut oil and soften the spring onion, garlic, chilli and ginger then add this to the pork mince along with a generous pinch of salt and black pepper and mix in thoroughly.  

Take the dim sum pastry, I like to roll each pastry circle out individual by rolling the dough in to a long sausage approximately 2" in diameter then I cut the sausage into 1" portions, roll these into little balls and roll out each one into a thin circle or you can use the speedy method...

Speedy Method
Roll out as one really thin sheet and using a scone cutter cut out all your circles.

Place a teaspoon of the pork and prawn filling in the centre, don't overfill, wet the edge of one side of the pastry and then fold in half pressing the two edges together you will naturally make a wavy crimp pattern, place on a flour dusted plate until ready to cook.

Heat your large non stick frying pan and add the coconut oil, place the dim sums in the pan and let them brown off on the one side only, then add a 2/3 of a cup of water, place the lid on and steam cook the dim sums for 2-3 minutes serve immediately with the soy dipping sauce.

9 Nov 2014


WoW glorious moorish succulent sweet soy slow braised belly of pork that justs melts in your mouth and makes your taste buds sing then the crispy teryaki crackling is something else, a crispy burst of gorgeous sweet soy flavoured crackling that renders you to that stage of vocal sounds mmmooohhhmmm where words are not needed to express your satisfaction.
Prep time 5 minutes / Cooking time 1hr 30mins

(serves 4)

1kg (ish) side of belly pork
200ml dark soy sauce
100ml light soy sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp mirin
2" piece ginger grated
1 bottle of crabbies ginger beer

Pre heat your oven to 170 degrees, in a saucepan add the soy sauce, ginger, sugar and mirin and gently warm through until the sugar has dissolved.  Place the side of belly pork in a deep roasting tin and pour over the teriyaki soy sauce, coat the belly pork completely rubbing the soy sauce in all nooks and crannies, pour the ginger beer in to the base of the tin, cover with foil and pop in the oven for 1 hour.

After 1 hour crank up the oven temperature to 200 degrees, remove the foil and with a sheet of kitchen paper pat the belly pork skin dry, sprinkle with salt and place back in the oven for half an hour to crisp up the crackling, this is optional, sometimes I leave the foil on and don't worry about a crispy finish as the soft jelly top melts in your mouth is just as wonderful as the crispy crunch.

Pour off all the cooking liquid in to a jug and skim off the fat, place in to a pan and simmer reducing until you have a medium thick sauce, you can add a little more sugar if you want a sweeter sauce, baste the finished belly pork and drizzle over once served.

Serve with roasted vegetables or cut in to one inch cubes and served on top of a bowl of sticky rice and sides of mangetout and broccoli.

5 Nov 2014


Gorgeous juicy crispy aromatic spiced duck pancakes with five spiced plum sauce, spring onions and cool cuecumber batons, every mouthful a moorish joy.

A really simple dish to prepare for friends and family that is loved by everyone, from fridge to table in one and half hours this is a dish that cooks itself so you can enjoy time with your friends.

(serves 6)

1 whole duck
2 tbsp five spice powder
Salt and pepper
1 tsp coconut oil
1 cuecumber
6 spring onions
24 pre-made pancakes

Plum Sauce
6 ripe plums
1 tsp five spice powder
1 tsp grated ginger
1 orange zest and juice
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 star anise

Pre heat your oven to 170 degrees, cut the duck completley in half (spatchcock), pat the skin dry then rub the whole duck with the five spice powder getting in all the nooks and crannies and season well with salt and pepper.  Place the duck on a rack placed on top of a roasting tin, skin side up, pour a cup of water into the tin and cook for 30 minutes, then crank up the heat to 200 degrees for the last 15-25 minutes to finish crisping up the skin.  Remove from the oven and cover loosely with tin foil to help keep the heat in while the duck rests for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile while the duck is roasting de-stone the plums, roughly chop, place in a saucepan along with the orange juice, zest, grated ginger, sugar, star anise and five spice, simmer for approx 30 minutes until thick and pulpy, when you can draw a spoon through the sauce and see the bottom of the pan your plum sauce is ready. 

To serve warm the pancakes in a bamboo steamer and serve wrapped in a tea towel or tortilla warmer to keep warm along with the whole duck on a tear and share board with forks to shred along with the cucumber and spring onion batons and the gorgeous plum sauce.  Enjoy...

4 Nov 2014


A serendipity cooking moment that I am still not sure if it needs to be repeated or not!  However the children do want a repeat!  This was one of those cooking moments when you reach for an ingredient and add it to your cooking without really looking at what you have actually picked up, this I can assure you means your taste buds are going to be in for a shock!  

This reminds me of the time I decided to have a little nostalgia and brought myself some cherryade, something I never do, after several sips I declared that the cherryade tasted funny only to be informed that I was actually drinking strawberryade!!!  The point here is I did not listen to my taste buds as I believed I was drinking cherry flavour.  

In this case I thought I had used Jersey full cream milk to make the roux white sauce, however after serving this to my family our taste buds soon realised I had used the cookies and cream flavoured Jersey milk, the kids loved it, insisted on Oreo cookies as a side order and it brought a whole new flavour level to Mac n cheese!

(Serves 4)

1ltr cookies and cream Jersey milk
1 clove
1 bay leaf
5 black peppercorns
50g butter
50g plain flour or rice flour (gluten free)
400g medium strong cheddar grated
200g Parmesan grated
White pepper
1kg macaroni pasta or brown rice pasta (gluten free)
1 pack Oreo cookies

Place the milk in a saucepan and warm, don't let the milk simmer, take the onion and using the clove as a pin fix the bay leaf to the onion, add to the milk along with the black peppercorns and leave to infuse for 10-20 minutes, meanwhile...

Bring a pan of water with a pinch of salt to a rolling boil, add the macaroni pasta and cook until just tender (al-dente), this will take approx 10 minutes, meanwhile pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees and then make the cheese sauce, the cheese sauce can be made a day or two in advance.

Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and stir in well, cook the roux on a medium heat for a couple of minutes to cook out the flour taste.  Strain the milk and start to add approx 100ml at a time to the roux and stir in until all lumps become smooth, don't worry the lumps will work out as you stir.  There is a school of though that you should use warm milk as this will absorb into the fat and flour quicker and more evenly, this I find is true but it also works the same for cold milk you just have to stir a little longer as the milk comes up to temperature.

Once all the milk is incorporated, gently simmer the white sauce for around 10 minutes then add all the cheddar and half the parmesan, stir until incorporated, taste and season with salt and white pepper, sprinkle the remaining parmesan over the top and bake in a pre-heated oven 190 degrees for around 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbling hot. 

2 Nov 2014


WoW love this simple and speedy cook sweet sticky sumptuous soy glazed chicken, with spring onions, ginger, chillies and honey, this is a little bit too moorish and I find myself wanting more which is why I only make a healthy portion so that I can really enjoy every mouthful without the temptation of leftovers!  Boy I would really love some left overs!  

(Serves 2) 
Wok, lid or foil, spoon, saucepan and lid

4-6 bone/skinless chicken thighs sliced
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 red chillies deseeded and sliced
2 cloves garlic sliced
2 spring onions diagonally sliced
1" ginger peeled and grated
100ml water
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
60ml light soy sauce
20ml dark soy sauce
1 handful cashews 
200g basmati rice
600g water

Wok on!  Heat the coconut oil hot in your wok, add the chicken and brown all over, this will take approximately 3-4 minutes, set aside then lowering the heat of your wok to medium add your spring onions, garlic, ginger and chilies, wok fry for a couple of minutes until soft, add back the chicken, red chillies, water, soy, honey, sweet chilli crank up the heat medium hot and place a lid on the wok, reduce the liquid to a sticky glaze and toss in the cashews.

Meanwhile make the perfect rice, place the rice and water in a pan, do not stir, this is so you don't stimulate the gluten and have stodgy rice, place your lid on the saucepan and bring to a boil, cook for six minutes exactly, without lifting the lid then take off the heat and leave the pan on the side for 10 minutes, this will then give you perfect fluffy cooked rice.  

Serve the rice in individual bowls and top with the sumptuous sweet soy sticky chicken and enjoy.


Gorgeous thin shards of crispy sirloin steak tossed in a fresh orange and ginger sweet chilli sauce, a wonderful fresh and healthy way to have your Chinese food with fresh honest flavours, they way most Chinese eat, without any of the fast food additives that are often found in takeaway foods.  Super quick and easy to make.

(serves 2-4)

8oz sirloin steak fat 
4 tbsp cornflour
1 pinch of salt and pepper
1ltr ground nut oil for frying

Sweet Chilli and Orange Ginger Sauce
2 tbsp sugar
100ml water
2 red chillies and seeds finely chopped
1" ginger grated
1 orange zest and juice

Place the oil in a deep pan and bring up to 180 degrees, meanwhile trim any fat off the sirloin, cut the steak in half length ways and then slice from the short end in to very thin shards. 

In a large bowl mix the cornflour with the salt and pepper then toss in the steak and coat evenly, dust off and leave to one side.

In a saucepan add all the sauce ingredients and bring to a simmer, reduce until you have a medium thick sweet chilli sauce.  Turn off the heat.

Deep fry your floured beef for approx 2 minutes and drain off on kitchen paper, toss the beef in the sweet chilli orange and ginger sauce and serve immediately, If I am having this as a side dish I serve as is otherwise I like to serve the beef on a crispy raw pepper and beanspout salad.