Want to know what I’ve been eating?

Hola, happy half weekday….two more days then it’s the weekend!!

Just thought I would share what we have been eating/doing this week, starting with SUNDAY…

We live in the Granada Province in the area Costa Del Tropical, on Sunday we visited Las Alpujarras another area up near Sierra Nevada (snow mountains where you can ski during winter season) It was beautiful, very high up and if you have a fear of heights the drive might not be enjoyable!…. I loved it.

My Aunt and I had been out until the early hours at a party so we were fairly tired and hungry!! We walked around Pampeneira, a lovely village full of white houses, little shops selling handmade rugs and leather goods, also homemade port and rose wine that you can buy by the litre and a chocolatiers where you can try before you buy.

A little stream runs through the tiny streets of Pampeneira

We then headed to the next village up for lunch: Capileira. Another lovely place with a couple of restaurants and beautiful houses.

We found a little place with a grassed area out of the back (unusual for Spain) with apple and pear trees growing along the edge of an amazing view of the mountains. ‘Casa Paco Lopez’, the house was amazing too, it looked family run and very old but it was the view that made us stay and eat…


Apples hanging out looking at the view




Bar out of the back of the house


Being nosy around the rest of the building…




The menu was typical Spanish but with some differences from the region, one of the dishes that stood out to me was the Plato Alpujarras, I had seen this on a couple of menus throughout Pameneira/Capileira (I’m always looking at menu’s) and wondered what it was….then the guy on the next table to us ordered it!! That was it; my Uncle’s mind was decided for him as soon as he saw it!! I ordered from the grill and got a serious case of food envy!!!

I would describe this dish to be similar to an English Full Breakfast, it has the black pudding, the egg the sausage etc, but this is a chorizo sausage, a black pudding sausage, cured ham, a chunk of salted pork then a pile of my favourite poor mans potatoes (potatoes cooked in lots of oil with green peppers) then it is topped off with a fried egg!!

Like the English brekky this is not healthy AT ALL ha, but what a delight to see. The black pudding was my favourite part, it had a slight nutmeg taste which was delicious with the salted pork. Morcilla is the name of the black sausage, Longaniza is the chewy paprika chorizo style sausage.  My Uncle got pretty full half way through eating this dish I wouldn’t advise eating this if you have anything you need to do afterwards, he had to drive us home along the mountain edge….PLEASE STAY AWAKE UNCLE G!!


Plato Alpujarras

If you’d like to read more about this part of Spain click on my link:


We got home and I was pooped, I had to have a little lay down inside with the breeze blowing into my room as it’s so hot at the moment…


After my rest can you believe I was hungry again (hangover perhaps!!) So I decided to have cheese on toast…..but I used my tomato paste on the bread before I added the cheese and it was delicious, like poor mans pizza (perfect hangover snack)




MONDAY was a healthy day, juice juice juice!! Much needed after the weekend.


Yesterday we stuck with the healthy vibe and had a delicious salad. It is so hot here at the moment and there is no getting away from it so we needed something refreshing for dinner.

We made a salad of crispy gem lettuce chopped into chunks, with cucumber ribbons, an array of cherry tomatoes red and yellow, spoon scoops of soft avocados, caper berries, ripped mozzarella tucked into the leaves with green & purple basil, the whole dish topped with pan-fried Serrano ham. We then drizzled this with Balsamic Creme and Extra Virgin Olive oil, seasoned then served it up with a few basil flowers over the top for decoration!!



Yummy tasty, healthy!!!


Today I got up did my daily tomato pick, made some more tomato paste, and picked some aubergines ready to make more brinjal pickle…


Then I have been working on some blog maintenance, I needed some lunch and wanted something easy and healthy so I made Egg Muffins:

Mushroom & Red Pepper Egg Muffins


Ingredients this made 5

3 Large Eggs

4  Mushrooms sliced

Chunk Red Pepper diced

Butter for greasing (or spray oil if you’d like to be healthier)

Cheddar cheese for topping (optional)


Pre-heat oven to be 200 degrees.

Grease a muffin tray with either the butter or spray.

Whisk your eggs and season well then pour into the tray to just over half way:



I have seen people online put the filling in before the egg but I find it best to do it this way so the filling does not stick to the bottom of the tray.

Fry the peppers and mushrooms in a little olive oil until soft then place into the egg, pushing down and sharing out evenly.


Grate the cheese and place a good finger full on each muffin, no need to measure here just put on as much as you like….


Top with a little black pepper then place into the oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is browned on top..


5 minutes more I think

Take a knife and carefully run it around each muffin to loosen it from the tray. I sprinkled over some fresh flat leaf parsley, it tastes great with these muffins….


Eat with ketchup or Brown sauce, or even Brinjal Pickle, we are a little bit addicted to this stuff at the moment 😉 that’s how I ate mine….




You can make these with any filling, I just used what was in the fridge, but Spinach can be good in this, and bacon if you fancy a bit of meat ……and don’t worry I didn’t eat all 5, these keep well and taste great cold for a little afternoon snack!!

Ok well that’s it for now, enjoy the rest of your day ❤ !!


Lulu xxxxx

This weeks eats and festivities….

Buenos días , feliz Sábado!

This week has been Tomato MAD again, so after again racking our brains for new recipes and ways of using up a lot of these juicy things, and after I have already made Passata until it comes out of my ears, enough sun-blushed tomatoes to feed Salobreña!! So what next….TOMATO PASTE!!

This recipe uses up a lot of tom’s but makes such a small amount as it is a concentrate which is kinda great as its using them but also saving us the fridge space ;-)….and it is really really delicious. I have not really wanted to eat tomato puree/paste from a tube before but this one was so tasty I could eat it from the jar!!!! I couldn’t wait to use it so last night I made My Best Bolognese and it was yummy!…..



7lbs Tomatoes (I tried to use soft and really red tomatoes from the garden)

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 tbsp Salt

1/2 Lemon (Juice)


Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees.


Chop the tomatoes into quarters. Heat oil in a deep pan and add tomatoes, cook until they are soft and the skin is wrinkled.

Take a mill, and place over a bowl add tomatoes…


Turn the handle and get all of the tomato juice from the tomatoes leaving the pulp and skin.


With the juices add in the salt and lemon juice and stir well.


Pour into two baking trays with deep..ish sides.


Pop into the oven.

These will take about 3/4 hours to cook, just keep checking on them regularly. They should reduce to half the size and when ready will be a orangey red and have no oil/liquid seeping from the paste.


Not ready


READY!! No liquid just paste

Now place hot paste into hot sterilised jars, then once cooled place in the fridge. You can also let cool then add oil on top inside the jar and freeze this.


I think this is great for my Bolognese recipe:




But also could be great as a pizza base, or Bruschetta rather than using fresh tomatoes….. or just in any tomato sauce to add flavour and richness.

I made a second batch of this using baby plum and cherry tomatoes, same recipe. It worked just as well and the flavour was that little bit sweeter!! 🙂


Thursday here in Salobreña was a festival day;  Fiesta de la Virgin del Carmen, it was going to be a late night and we were all headed to my Aunt Heather’s for food as she lives next to the beach where the festivities where.

Therefore I had to have a good hearty brekky/brunch to keep me going until that evening. As a kid my mum use to make me ‘Rumble Tumble’ which I will blog at some point. It is fry up but all mixed in together with scrambled eggs; great for a hangover.

On Thursday I just used what we had in the fridge…tomatoes (of course), spinach, a slice of ham and half a red onion. It was very tasty and not as unhealthy as the original Rumble Tumble!!




2 eggs whisked in a bowl

Handful mixed baby tomatoes halved (can use cherry, baby plum or regular tomatoes chopped up)

Half a Red Onion sliced

1/2 Red Pepper sliced

1 slice Ham sliced

Salt & Pepper


Pour a little olive oil in a frying pan and soften your onions and peppers.


Then add in the ham.


Then your tomatoes.


Then your spinach, stirring as you go.


Next pour in your eggs.


Scramble it all together, season with salt and pepper and serve.




Fiesta de la Virgin del Carmen

We headed over to my Aunts where she had prepared a bit of a feast of meats, marinated chicken wings (which were delicious) cheese, homemade Quiche, bread, olives etc etc…Oh and CAKE!


Sticky Chicken Wings





After munching on a little food we took our drinks (and bottles of vino) and headed down to the beach front.



beautiful sky…no filter

The next village ‘La Coleta’ was where the procession starts, they fire a cannon then off the boats go. The Virgin Mary is on a luminous boat that
other people and boats follow, they travel along the coast line to all the spectators who shout…

¡Viva la Virgen del Carmen!

As she passes by.


sorry for the poor panoramic shot!


There are fireworks and a brass band playing, everyone is was in full spirit and many having swims in the warm sea. The Virgin Mary travels as I say along the coast line of Salobreña, then back again where she then will make her way through my Aunts village.



Fun on the beach

After a swim a drink we shoot back to my Aunts house to watch the procession go by and listen to the band play…

The street was packed with people and the band sounded amazing. It was a lovely evening 🙂

Check my link below for more info on this festival.


Right time to get on that beach!!

Have a great weekend folks, hope the sun is shining for you

Lulu xx

Finally got the recipe for my Auntie Carol’s delicious Fish Stew, check it out…

Happy Thursday!!

Last night for dinner my Auntie Carol cooked her recipe of fish stew. She first cooked this dish for me back in March, and I loved it, but unfortunately at the time I didn’t get the recipe down or photo’s. So last night I made sure I didn’t miss out on the opportunity to snap it as it is yummy!! She made it using all of the vegetables from the garden too which made it extra special 🙂

The stew reminds me of a family favourite and a dish I loved as kid; this was called Fish Molee. My Nana would make it with her homemade Indian breads… as you didn’t eat it with rice but hands and bread dipped right in!! This stew of my Aunts has a similar taste but uses tomatoes in rather than just the coconut and it really works. I will make the Fish Molee for my Blog at some point, just because I haven’t cooked it for so long. But for now I’ll leave you with this as its just as good!!!

Lulu ❤


(The photo below is the stew she made back in March)

Recipe: (serves 4…but us greedy 3 ate the lot)



2 Small Onions sliced (she used red from the garden but one large white onion is fine)

4 Small Tomatoes

1/ 2 Red Pepper diced

1/2 Butternut Squash chunks

1 Sweet Potato chunks

3 Garlic Cloves grated

2″ Ginger grated

1 Red Chilli chopped (she used extra flakes later to make it more spicy this is up to you and your spice tolerance 😉 )

1 tbsp Jeera (cumin powder)

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Paprika

3 Bay leaves

2″ Creamed Coconut Block chunk

2 tbsp Oil (she used sunflower)

2 tsp Brown Sugar

1 Fish Stock Cube

Handful Flat Leaf Parsley


500g White Fish (she used filetes de merluza, but you can use cod)

Large cooked shell on Prawns (enough for about 4 per person)


Heat the oil in a deep pan. Add in the onions and soften on a medium heat.

Then add in the red pepper, garlic, ginger and chilli and cook for 3 minutes.


Whilst this is cooking dice the tomatoes and sprinkle over the sugar, set aside.


Add the spices, bay leaves and stock cube to the onions in the pan, stir for 2 minutes then add in the tomatoes and sugar. Let this cook for a few minutes then add the coconut chunks and 100ml water. Stir well and let the coconut melt.



Add in the butternut squash and the potatoes and pour in just enough water to cover the vegetables. Let this simmer on low until they are soft and cooked.



Lovely yellow colour

Season with salt and pepper, then taste. This is where my Aunt added more chilli.

Once the vegetables are cooked add in chunks of the fish (skin on)…


chunks of white fish

Careful when stirring the dish as you do not want the fish to break up.

Once the fish is cooked add in the prawns, just to warm them through.


Once the prawns are warmed through its ready to serve. serve straight from the pan with chunky bread and a sprinkle of fresh parsley…




Very tasty, thanks Auntie Carol it was deeeeeeeeelish ❤ ❤ ❤

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Indian Summer Birthday Party

Hola Happy Tuesday!!

This weekend we organised a birthday party…a surprise Indian feast!! We don’t do things by halves, we decorated the garden with lights and lanterns, and set up a shaded Indian seating area with lots of Indian cushions and fabrics draped. It looked amazing.

We all had a hand in the cooking, to start we had meat & vegetable samosas made by one of my Aunts, Onion Bhaji’s made by me but with an old recipe of my Nana’s which my Aunt found:


Nana’s Onion Bhaji Recipe

I also made some dips; Raita which I blizted up to be smooth and green for the starter and left chunky to go with the main, a mango and cashew nut dip which was delicious, click link replace the macadamia nuts for cashews….


my brinjal pickle recipe click link


and a tomato and onion salad.

On the menu for main course; my Aunt Heather marinated a leg of lamb in Indian spices for 48 hours and then slowly cooked it and served it on pilau rice with crispy onions it was delicious.


I made my Chicken Korma recipe here:



I also made a Tarka Dal. This is such an easy side dish curry to make:

Tarka Dal


250g dried Chana Dal (Yellow split pea lentils)

1 tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Oil ( I used Sunflower)

1 heap tbsp Cumin seeds

1 Onion chopped

2 Green Chilli’s pricked

Handful of Curry leaves

2″ Chunk Ginger

3 Garlic Cloves

3/4 Fresh Tomatoes

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Coriander Powder

1 tsp Garam Masala Powder

Fresh Coriander Chopped

Extra Oil for serving


Place boiling hot water over the lentils so it just covers them and the salt. Let this bubble away on a medium heat for about 25 minutes or until the lentils are soft and mushy. Do not drain these once cooked the liquid is needed in the curry too.

In a hand blender blitz up the tomatoes, garlic and ginger to a paste, set aside.

In a pan heat the oil, add the cumin seeds and cook for a minute, then add in the onions, curry leaves and chilli’s and soften on a medium, heat.

Once soft add in the tomato paste you have just made, stir well. Let this cook for a few minutes then add in the turmeric, garam masala and coriander powder.

Fill the hand blizter with water and pour into the pan so you are not wasting any of the tomato paste juices.

Let this bubble for about 10-15 minutes.

Add in the cooked lentils and all of their juices, stir well and taste.

Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with the green chillis on top and a drizzle of oil.


Tarka Dal

Aunt Carol made a slow cooked beef curry which was so tasty. She also made a side dish of Frugard, this was a favourtie of mine as a kid. It is cabbage, prawns, onions and desiccated coconut. As a twist (and as we have them growing) she made it with red cabbage and it was delicious!!



She also made her famous paratha breads which I love, then she went off and did the decorating of the garden…….


We also used the hand painted glasses my talented Aunt Heather makes and sells:





The day was fun, we drank, swam and ate until late!!


Poor Queenie got Bhindi’d












Birthday Boy



Relaxing after a swim

The whole day was beautiful, we love setting up something like this!!

Of course a birthday is not the same without a cake!!! I must admit it does not quite fit in with the ‘Indian’ theme but it was delicious. I made this Chocolate and hazelnut cake, my Aunt Carol created the bunting for me :-)…




This cake was so moist and gooey.

I made a friend’s wedding cake a few years ago and this was the recipe I used then, it went down so well then I thought I would make it again….. it was a recipe I found years ago online and with trial and error I perfected it for the wedding cake tins I was using, here it is…

Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake


4 cups Plain Flour

2 tsp Salt

2 tsp Baking Powder

4 tsp Baking Soda

1 1/2 cups Cocoa Powder (good quality)

4 cups Caster Sugar

2 Cup Oil (I used Sunflower)

2 Cup hot Coffee

2 cup Milk

4 Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla Extract


350g of good quality Dark Chocolate at least 75% cocoa

250ml Whipping Cream (I used double as you can’t get whipping cream here in Spain)

Roasted Hazelnuts for decoration ( I roasted these in the oven at 200 degrees for about 10-15 minutes)


Grease and line 3 sandwich tins (this mixture could make 4 layers but I made cupcakes with the left over batter)

Sift together dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add oil, coffee, and milk; mix at medium speed for 2 minutes. I used a Kitchen Aid.

Beat your eggs together then add slowly to the bowl whilst it is mixing, then add the vanilla;mix for a few minutes more. The batter mix is thin.

Pour into 3 greased and floured 9 inch cake pans. Pour to just over halfway ( leaving approx 0.7cm from top of pan) do not over fill as it will rise. I also made 10 mini cupcakes with left over.

Bake at 170 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Cool cakes for 15 minutes in the pans then remove and place carefully onto wire racks cool completely.

Ganache, break the chocolate and place into a glass heat-resistant bowl along with the cream, heat some water up in a small saucepan and then place the glass bowl above. On a low heat let the chocolate melt, stir after it looks melted. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water as it will split the ganache, make sure the heat is not too high as this will also split the ganache. If this does happen beat in a little icing sugar it will fix it. Once the chocolate is melted and it looks rich in colour, it should be glossy,  take off the heat and stir in the vanilla. Let this cool for a few minutes.

Now trim the cakes so they are all level. Spread ganache between each layer, then give the outer cake a coating of ganache using a palette knife or ruler and even out the icing. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes then repeat.

Then grab handfuls of the roasted nuts and push into the sides.

Viola!!! ❤

So Sunday was a wash out, it was roasting hot outside and we all passed out on the sofa watching movies, eating left over cake. I popped to the kitchen to get a drink and found this…


The cheeky girls had a party of their own and demolished our cushions!! Ha ha xxx

Lulu xx


Spanish Style Chicken Curry and Chips :)


Re-Blog for anyone who missed this recipe the first time…

Lulu xxx

After having this dish for tapas in a bar in the next town Almuñécar (free tapas too I might add), a plate of curry and chips :), the curry tasted so good; like chip shop curry back home!! I decided to try to have a go at making this dish. It’s a very simple recipe but the results are good and tasty!! Continue reading