All posts tagged: tapas

Tapas for One: Three Low Carb Recipes

I’m a little under the weather, and this is particularly unpleasant weather to be residing under. There’s nothing in particular wrong, I just started to feel really shitty yesterday and woke up with an impending sense of doom that I haven’t been able to shake all day. Perhaps it’s the rain, perhaps it’s the apocalyptic political atmosphere, perhaps it’s without reason at all. This evening – like on all the miserable evenings that have come before it – I worked out my worries in the kitchen. In the process, I discovered how easy it is to make a few tapas dishes just for yourself. I thought I’d share that with you, since it seems quite a nice thing to do for yourself when it rains, or when the political atmosphere is apocalyptic, or for no reason at all. Padron Peppers Public service announcement: you can now buy padron peppers in ALDI. For less than a quid, naturally. I used half the packet (about 75g) for my one person serving. I’m fairly sure that I overdid these, …

Brie and Mango Quesadillas

I didn’t know up until a couple of weeks back that brie and mango is a common combo in the tapas world. It goes without saying that I had to try it myself, and I was more than pleasantly surprised with the results. These babies are a more than substantial lunch and will go down well with pretty much everyone.  I strongly recommend serving them with sweet chilli sauce. Serves 4 4 tortillas 300g diced mango, chopped into 0.5cm cubes 160g brie, sliced into chunks 4 spring onions 4 tsps chilli oil sweet chilli dipping sauce, optional Heat 1 tsp oil in a non-stick frying pan (medium heat) and place the tortilla down on the oil. Put a quarter of the brie on one half of the tortilla to let it melt, and top with a quarter of the mango. – see image below if you’re unsure on this. Snip one of the spring onions on top (getting really fine slithers with a pair of scissors). When the cheese is melted and the tortilla has …

Sesame Fried Courgettes

It’s been a huge few weeks for courgettes in the UK, and anyone with an allotment or vegetable garden will probably have an enormous glut of them just as we do. Perhaps it’s down to the higher-than-usual temperatures, or the occasional heavy rain shower, I’m no green-fingered genius so I wouldn’t know. All I do know is that I’m grateful for all this free green stuff. So “what do I do with all these courgettes?” I hear you ask. Fear not, this week I’ll be bringing you a few recipe ideas to mess about with and use up your bounty. Sesame fried courgettes are best served as a tapas dish, and in the spirit of tapas they’re best served straight from the pan. Warm, spicy, crunchy, salty – if you’ve got a courgette hater in the house, this recipe is likely to swing ’em. I’ve been a bit vague with measurements because it’s such a casual affair and a super simple concept, so please forgive the lack of official guidance and go with the handful …