Friday, July 15, 2011

Quick Chilli

I made this meal quite a while ago after seeing the recipe on Iron Chef Shellie’s site. I have cooked a few things from her website and they have all been great, so I knew this would be a winner too which it was.

The recipe is a Nigella recipe which also gave me an incentive to try it. I must say I do love any dish that combines chorizo, tomato and rice which is pure comfort food. I love the addition of sweet chilli sauce too, cause I always used to add that as my special ingredient whenever I made spaghetti Bolognese that even my dad started adding it to his as well.

I can’t have chilli without sour cream and avocado, so I added them as well. I will definitely be making this again when I am next in the mood for something quasi Mexican!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Spanish Chickpea Soup

This is another recipe from Jamie’s Dinners cookbook. I really love this book and it’s full of great recipes that I just want to try.

I love soups and there is nothing more comforting in this really cold weather than sitting down to a nice bowl of tasty soup with some really good bread with lots of butter on it.

We have a really great bakery that’s in the Belconnen markets that has baguettes to die for and really good sourdough. If I am making a soup I always make sure that I get some of this bread.

I have never seen a recipe with a hardboiled egg grated into the soup, but it really works. It adds a nice richness to the dish instead of adding cream or sour cream. I also managed to get some pancetta from Barossa Fine Foods which was delicious in the soup. I used the whole package too, cause I love a good bit of protein in soups

I think next time I might try it with a couple of tins of tomatoes in place of the fresh tomatoes, as I love the flavour of really good tinned tomatoes in soup.

You can find the recipe here with all his recommendations on how to cook the dish.