I have a sneaking suspicion that I was born of wrong nationality. Not only do I truly detest being cold and wet, but when we are blessed with even an inch of sunshine, I am the first and often the only person you will find out in the halls car park soaking up what ever rays possible. The car park for my new flat is sadly less of a sun trap, but I won't be deterred, roof party anyone??
Heat is also a vital component in most of my favourite dishes. I LOVE spicy food, which hasn't always sat well with others when I've cooked curries or chillies in the past. For me a mild curry is incomplete and when a friend brought back some incredible spices and dried chillies from Tanzania, I made a Madras that quite literally felt as though your throat was dissolving. NOTE: Remember to remove the chillies before serving. Other than the occasional hidden 'surprise' the Madras was delicious and my friend developed a higher pain threshold, so win,win.
I was recently given a list of ingredients to make Harissa Paste. Most commonly used in North Africa, this hot, blood red paste is known to be severely strong in it's traditional form. I have yet to try the recipe, therefore the quantities will have to be experimented with until you have a consistency similar to that of a thai curry paste.
- Olive oil, crushed garlic, crushed red chillis, lemon juice, paprika, fresh chopped coriander and a little hot water.
The accompanying Sailor Jerry's cocktails worked a treat for the spicy after taste and I am now in the midst of a hunt for a bottle of the 'real' SJ's that still smells like a deliciously warm, vanilla candle when served neat. I've heard word of the real thing in Tynemouth, no Morgans Spiced for me!
Cocktail and bar training begins this week so it is likely that I will be posting lots of drink recipes from now on aswel. The breakfast bar in the new flat has now been deemed the cocktail bar, which is fitting as we already have a 'Vegas' bathroom. Let's just say there is no hiding from those mirrors, perhaps not the best thing after a night of cocktails...