Greedy Gourmet https://www.greedygourmet.com Food & Travel Blog - Always thinking of the next meal Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:58:13 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 My Vegetarian Journey – May 2017 https://www.greedygourmet.com/becoming-vegetarian/my-vegetarian-journey-may-2017/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/becoming-vegetarian/my-vegetarian-journey-may-2017/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:27:33 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=18862 In May halfterm we went away to Tenerife. This was my first trip as a wannabe vegetarian. Yet, I just couldn’t get myself to eat vegetarian for one day that week. The plethora of seafood available and interesting dishes on offer were just too irresistible and I wanted to enjoy what the Canary Islands had...

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In May halfterm we went away to Tenerife. This was my first trip as a wannabe vegetarian.

Mexican Meal Vegetarian

Yet, I just couldn’t get myself to eat vegetarian for one day that week. The plethora of seafood available and interesting dishes on offer were just too irresistible and I wanted to enjoy what the Canary Islands had to offer. Instead, I compromised by adding an extra vegetarian day to my week after I returned from holiday and “caught up” with my schedule.

For now I can get away with the slight cheating but a few years down the line there will have to be a tipping point where I would have to purposely eat vegetarian overseas. I just hope it would feel less of a sacrifice at that point…

Grilled Aubergine Masala

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Here are some Indian and Thai recipes that kept me going this month.

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Thai fish cakes are the ultimate starter or snack for this summer. Very popular and trendy! I know that fish cakes don’t sound too appealing. If you ask me, I’d rather eat a sweet cake, right? Well, that was what I thought at first, until I tried one of these babies. The Thai fish cakes are to die for and once you eat one, it’s impossible to stop. The beautiful spices permeates the entire fish cake, sending you on a journey straight to Thailand.

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Jenius Social and all it’s wonders

I’ve recently mentioned in my Thai Spring Rolls recipe that I found these amazing dishes at a cooking school, which is called Jenius Social. Truly a delightful and vibrant cooking area, where you can meet tons of foodies with the same interests. You can discover a range of classes if you access my Thai spring rolls recipe, another delicious Thai starter that I love. Both were served to me by two very talented chefs, Jennifer Yong and Andrew Clements.

Instructor Cooking

Ingredients Fish Cake

The amazing Jennifer Yong

Jennifer Yong is the founder of the Jenius Social cooking school. Born in Singapore, she grew up in Australia. In 2005, London became her home. Who doesn’t love London, right? Previously running digital ventures in the world of finance, she took the time to find her passion in gastronomy. This truly serves as an inspiration to those who wish to fulfill their dreams and make a change. Anything is possible! Would you believe that Jennifer actually sampled food from more than fifty different countries? Researching Jenius Social with her love for food, she is ready to share her skills by creating a vibrant new social hub where food and passion collide. You can find more detailed information on them here.

Fish Cake Miseen Place

 

The amazing Andrew Clements

Andrew Clements is the Head Chef at Jenius Social. Also, he is a graduate of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant. After developing a huge passion for the different varieties of food, he spent two years in Padstow working with Rick Stein. As you can see, Andrew is highly dedicated to give his costumers top quality food. After years of kitchen experience, and experimenting with various flavours, he and Jennifer are ready to give you a fantastic experience. Get ready to meet, greet and eat! You can find more detailed information on them here.

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Thai Fish Cakes

Thai fish cakes are obviously from Thailand. Why not make use of the lovely fish produce from the warm seas? We Britons also do the same with our fish and chips! Nevertheless, this classic Thai recipe can be found in almost every restaurant or street stand. If you are ever looking for Thai fish cakes, they also go by their Thai name Tod Man Pla. Therefore, if you are in Thailand by any chance for this summer holiday, then make sure you remember this name.

In Processor Onions

Visually, they look like small fish patties. Sometimes, you might see them with a side or two. A very popular snack or starter! Still, there is a lot of debate where they are actually from. Every part of the country has a different version of making them. This is true for households too. I am sure every Thai mom has her own recipe that has been there for generations.

Spice Blend Thai

Raw Seafood Blending

Thai Spice Blend

The beauty of this spice blend is that it can go any way you like. Fancy some more heat? By heat I mean chili. You can add more heat or more curry paste for more flavour. Making your own curry paste can be quite a pain. In addition, it’s really time consuming. However, the reward of having a fresh curry paste is amazing! First, it will last you forever. Second, it is very intense in flavour. Don’t forget to chop up some onions and green beans really finely. The finer they are, the less lumpy your mixture will be. Once this is done, you can blend in the raw fish and shrimp. Blend until you get the desired mushy texture.

Green Beans Stirring

Effort Team

Mix it up and roll

Making Thai fish cakes can be a lot of fun. A fantastic activity if you’ve got kids! They’ll love it. The mushy nature of the raw fish cake balls will definitely entertain anyone who decides to help you. You can use your hands. Just make sure that your hands are wet. It’ll make the rolling process a lot easier. If you don’t fancy having bits of uncooked food on your hands, then I advise you to use gloves. Some people don’t even use their hands, but have a great technique with a table spoon. These Thai fish cakes are definitely a fun activity and calls for a team effort. Once you are done, stick them in the fryer or a pot full of oil.

For Frying Fish Balls

Fish Cake Balls Raw

Toppings

Once you are done with your Thai fish cakes, and they are nice and golden, you’ll need something extra. To finish the dish off and give it a beautiful balanced taste, make sure you pick some fresh coriander leaves. Pick four or five and gently lay them on top. Some people also like to sprinkle a little bit of sesame. However, it has a slightly strong flavour. It might overpower the Thai fish cakes. I also enjoy adding a bit of acidity at the end with some fresh lime juice.

Fish Cake Classic Thai

Serve with a dip

It’s actually very popular to serve the Thai fish cakes with a lovely spiced cucumber. I recently came across this cucumber salad. First you cut the cucumber into small squares. Add a sweet chili sauce. Lastly, sprinkle some peanuts and mix well. It is a perfect addition to the Thai fish cakes. You can also serve with:

Thai Spring Rolls

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Starter Thai

 

Thai Fishcakes

Prep 5 minutes

Cook 45 minutes

Total 50 minutes

Servings 8

Author: Michelle Minnaar

Ingredients

  • 90ml (6 tbsp) red curry paste
  • 1kg (1lb) white fish or salmon, chopped
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) white sugar
  • 25ml (5 tsp) fish sauce
  • 5cm (2in) fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 5ml (1tsp) ground turmeric
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
  • 150g (5oz) green beans, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Mix the curry paste with a splash of water and add the fish. Mix and massage well.
  2. Blend in a food processor along with ginger, sugar, turmeric and fish sauce.
  3. Place mixture in a bowl and add lime leaves and beans.
  4. Moisten your hands in water and mould into equal sized fish cakes about 30g (1oz) in weight.
  5. Heat oil to 180°C and deep fry for approx 1 minute, drain on kitchen paper and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • You can substitute the green beans with snake beans.
  • If you can get hold of Kra Chai, use 6 stems instead of ginger and pound them.

Cuisine Thai

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving

Amount Per Serving

Calories 269

% Daily Value

Total Fat 15.6g

24%

Saturated Fat 2.9g

15%

Sodium 1175mg

49%

Total Carbohydrates 6.1g

2%

Dietary Fiber 0.7g

3%

Sugars 1.9g

Protein 25.4g

6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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My Vegetarian Journey – April 2017 https://www.greedygourmet.com/becoming-vegetarian/my-vegetarian-journey-april-2017/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/becoming-vegetarian/my-vegetarian-journey-april-2017/#comments Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:59:59 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=17749 After scouring the web, there appears to be only short articles, filled with tips, about how to become vegetarian. In some senses, it’s not rocket science. Just stop eating meat. Easy peasy. Or is it? I take my hat off to people who just go cold turkey. Hmmm, perhaps the phrase should be “no turkey”....

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After scouring the web, there appears to be only short articles, filled with tips, about how to become vegetarian. In some senses, it’s not rocket science. Just stop eating meat. Easy peasy. Or is it?

I take my hat off to people who just go cold turkey. Hmmm, perhaps the phrase should be “no turkey”. Different methods and strategies work for different personalities, so it’s a case of finding out what works best for you. In my case, I prefer the “weaning” method, which had me elaborating on my plans on how to go about in the future.

I imagined how a few years down the line I would only eat animals one or two days a week. It is unlikely that I would eat 100% protein on those actual days but with such a limited time frame and stomach capacity, how will I choose what to eat on the day? I know, first world problems.

The conclusion I came to is that I will slowly start excluding meat groups from my diet to make the adjustment easier. The meat I like the least is pork. BACON, you might be screaming at me. Sure, that, gammon and Parma ham I enjoy but as for the actual plain meat I find something yucky about the taste. Dare I say it tastes too porky?

Pesto With Butter Bean Salad

Oh, Babe

So here goes my list of meat groups I’ll be eliminating from my diet by calendar year that made most logical sense according to my lifestyle and preferences:

2018: pork

2019: game and duck

2020: lamb and goat

2021: beef

2022: chicken

2023: seafood

P.S. Dear piggies of the world, I love you but for now I’ll be eating my fill until the New Year clock strikes. Sowwy.

Cupcakes Creme Egg

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Things got awfully sweet the month of April. Hey, vegetarians can have treats too, right?

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Sandos San Blas Resort was built with the idea of keeping the natural habitat intact while also conserving surrounding areas as much as possible. One of its attractions is the Reserva Ambiental de San Blas, which is an educational experience for inquisitive tourists.

San Blas Nature Reserve Tour

Hotel guests receive special rates but the tour is open to the public as well. Before I tell you about the tour, I’d like you to take heed.

Wear proper walking shoes! Although the first half the tour is classroom stuff, the second half you will find yourself out in the wild. Forget about even pavements, clear markings and any mollycoddling the nanny state known as Britain would do for you. Refreshingly, here in Spain you actually have to use your eyes, ears and head to go about and for once be more aware as you cover the rugged terrain. Secondly, wear suncream. Lots of it. Plus a sunhat, sun glasses and whatever else you can think of. Be ready to channel your inner Indiana Jones. We struck it lucky on the day that it was uncharacteristically cloudy in the south of Tenerife.

Terra cotta complex

The tour is split into three sections. In the depths of the building’s belly is where tour starts. The first part, dubbed the Historical Experience Tunnel, is full sensory experience explaining the formation of Tenerife, simulating earthquakes and describing the natural conditions. You walk from room to room as time and events progress through history. Conditions are recreated to help you experience and understand what life was like before the internet, such as what it’s like to be at sea in dodgy boat with nauseous people and screaming babies. No wait, this still happens today.

Leaving Sandos Hotel

The second part lasts another 20 minutes and you are guided to a large theatre with plenty of swivel chairs in the center. Each of the four walls have got a screen and a video plays on each one in turn, which is where the chairs come in handy as you need to change direction. Museum pieces, protected by glass are installed in the walls.

English script on tour

Armed with newfound knowledge, you have now graduated to experience the real deal in the outside world, the San Blas Ravine.

How headsets work

Hotel guests are free to go for walks whenever pleases them but much more can be gained by taking the tour and going on a few self-guided walks later.

You are handed flimsy headphones. If you have small ears, be prepared to have it consistently fall off. Unlike me, who keeps stopping and capturing whatever tickles my fancy like a maniac, it’s best to stick to the tour guide. If you are out of range, you will lose reception and the recording will cut off. Seriously, why wouldn’t you want to stay close to this happy, smily man?!?

Snapping photos of view

Tenerife plants

Tourists in San Blas

We left the hotel and hit the road. The tour guide stopped us at places, pointing out indigenous plants and telling bit of history.

This is a far cry from green pastures of England but the arid landscape is rather picturesque and there are a lot of photo opportunities.

Volcanic landscapes

Prickly pear plant

Beautiful landscape

Truck selling fruit

Woman selling tomatoes and apples

Assisting to make the tour come to life, there are a few instances where actors come along and act out scenes from the olden days -from selling apples to calling the gods, which adds to the colourful experience.

Natural landscape

Arid Tenerife

Black rocks

Floating across the dam

Happy tour guide

We walked deeper and deeper into the ravine and suddenly there was this little oasis, with boat and all. The guide pulled at a rope which made the boat slowly glide across the dam on the thick green water.

 

Oasis in Tenerife

Algae in water

Greenery after rain

After a little break off our feet we climbed up, up and up, and admired the view from the top. The “grass” is greener on the other side indeed.

 

Indigenous Shrubbery

Shelter in olden times

Shaman in Canary Islands

Asking for rain

Two hour walking tour

Sweaty and tired after so many steps – yes, my FitBit was in a state of shock – it appeared that the tour finished. I couldn’t help but fret…. did we have to walk all the way back?!? Fortunately not, there was a little cart waiting to take us back to the hotel. Phew.

Tree in Tenerife

Looking down at landscape

Surprisingly, Tenerife’s has a rich history, human and flora-wise. The trip is well-designed and balanced with theory and experience. The pace was good and at no point was I bored, neither was my six-year old daughter. Fortunately, there are no venomous snakes or poisonous creepy crawlies on the island, so you’re safe. Oh, and don’t forget to bring along water!

More information can be found here.

A special thanks to canarias.com for assisting with car hire that helped me to reach all my destinations in Tenerife.

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Thai Spring Rolls https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/vegan/thai-spring-rolls/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/vegan/thai-spring-rolls/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:29:02 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=18778 As you may know, I am a massive fan of Asian food. In particular, the Thai cuisine, and the Thai spring rolls is one of my all-time favourites from there. If you have ever been to Thailand, you will probably know these delicious treats from the street food stalls. Plus, if you do it right,...

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As you may know, I am a massive fan of Asian food. In particular, the Thai cuisine, and the Thai spring rolls is one of my all-time favourites from there. If you have ever been to Thailand, you will probably know these delicious treats from the street food stalls. Plus, if you do it right, you can achieve the same quality in your own kitchen. It’s actually easier than you think! Spring rolls are a common dish throughout Southeast Asia, especially in Vietnam and Thailand. It’s a simple construction of vegetable filling wrapped in paper thin sheets of pastry, served either deep fried or completely fresh. What is the key to bring it all together, you might ask? An amazing dipping sauce! In addition, the Thai spring rolls are excellent as party food, or as a quick lunch for your office.

Spring Rolls Thai

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Jenius Social

I actually learned this recipe at a cooking school, called Jenius Social. Ever heard of it? At the Jenius Social cooking school, you too can take part in a broad spectrum of cooking classes. You will find anything, from classic French patisserie, to improving the way your handle your knives. Or even how to make the most delicious Asian our South American street food dishes that you can prepare for your next garden party. The classes are led by professional chefs, and conducted with your learning in focus. You can take a closer look at the available classes, the dates on the prices, if you click here.

The Jenius Social cooking school is located in North London. It is easily accessible by tube and train. You can sign up for classes by yourself, or with a group of friends. This is also a perfect chance to meet other foodies.

Attendant Cooking Class

 Social Cooking School Jenius

Which class?

As mentioned before, there is a wide selection of classes you can choose from. Just to name a few: sushi making, bread making, vegan cookery, macarons, gutting and skinning fish, you name it. Just browse here.

Anyone can sign up, regardless how experienced you already are in the kitchen. If you take a class at Jenius Social, you are bound to leave there with lots of new skills and tricks up your sleeve, which will certainly impress your family and friends next time you cook for them. After you finish your class, you will get to enjoy the fruits of you labour in the dining room The classes mostly take place in the evenings, so you mingle with the other participants over a glass of wine during the course of the evening.

Courgettes Julienned

 

Thai Spring Rolls

Of course, you’ve probably tasted spring rolls before. You might even recognise Thai spring rolls by its Thai name Poh Pia Tod. As much as you might want to think that spring rolls have their roots in Thailand, they don’t. The Jin Dynasty in China was the first to introduce the concept of spring rolls. This was all the way back in 250 A.D. As they gained popularity, they spread across Asia to other cultures.

Ingredients Raw

Ingredients Cooking Class

Filling

This is the part where you yourself can get creative. In my recipe, I’ve used bean sprouts, which is a classic ingredient used in Thai spring rolls. However the possibilities are plentiful. Also, I would suggest you to try filling the rolls with julienned bell peppers and sliced spring onions. Other good ideas are sticks of carrot and cucumber, thinly sliced mushrooms, or sugar peas. Add some peeled shrimps, in combination with your favourite vegetables. You can go vegan, vegetarian or carnivorous with this one!

Spring Rolls Rolled

Rolling the Thai spring rolls

Now this is where it can get a little get tricky, so take your time with this step. Make sure to do it carefully. If you assemble your spring rolls sloppily, you might risk them falling apart in the deep fryer. Trust me, that’s not what you want! The trick to close up the spring rolls properly is to first make a little paste of flour and water, which you can use as glue for the pastry. Place little of this paste at one corner of the pastry sheet. Put the filling at the opposite end and roll it up tightly, sealing the spring roll at the end where you put the paste. This way the ends should keep together when you start frying the spring rolls. Here is a video demonstration:

Spring Rolls Deep Frying

Frying

The best way to fry the Thai spring rolls is in a deep fryer. You can control the temperature of the cooking oil, which is important for the final result. However, if the oil is too cold, the pastry will suck up more oil than it should, making the spring roll too greasy and unpleasant to eat. If, on the other hand, the oil is too hot it will burn the outside of the rolls, whilst the filling will not be cooked. The ideal temperature is 190°C. Be careful and don’t turn your back on the deep fryer. The spring rolls only take a few minutes to cook. When they turn a light golden brown, it’s time to take them out. You can also use a pot or a frying pan with oil on the stove top. However, it will be more difficult to control the temperature.

Spring Rolls Cooked

Dipping sauce

The dipping sauce normally contains vinegar, fish sauce or oyster sauce, lime juice, garlic and chili, but again you can do lots of variations here. These sauces complement the Thai spring rolls beautifully.

Sauces Dipping

Serving

Serve the Thai spring rolls on a big platter in a few variations. It’s the perfect party food for your next garden party or cocktail party. Top off with a sprinkle of freshly chopped coriander. You can also serve them as an starter to other Thai inspired dishes like the crying tiger steak.

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Som Tum Pak

Crying Tiger Steak

Filling Spring Roll

 

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Thai Spring Rolls (Poh Pia Tod)

Servings 4

Author: Michelle Minnaar

Ingredients

  • 50g (2oz) vermicelli
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 70g (3oz) bean sprouts
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) oyster sauce
  • 5ml (1 tsp) white sugar
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) corn oil
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) chopped coriander including stalks
  • pinch salt
  • pinch white pepper
  • 20 small sheets of spring roll pastry

Instructions

  1. Soak the vermicelli in boiling water for a few minutes, rinse
  2. Pound the garlic in a pestle and mortar until crushed.
  3. Gently heat the oil in a wok and add the garlic and fry until golden brown regulating the heat where necessary so as not to burn the garlic. add the bean sprouts and continue to cook for approx 1 minute.
  4. Add the vermicelli, oyster sauce, sugar, salt, pepper and coriander at the end.
  5. Taste and add more seasonings if necessary.
  6. Turn out onto a tray and allow to cool.

Rolling Spring Rolls

  1. Make a paste using a mix of flour and water; this will be used as a glue to stick the spring rolls.
  2. Place a small amount of paste at one corner of the spring roll pastry.
  3. Place a small amount of filling at the opposite end and roll into spring rolls folding tightly and securing at the paste end.
  4. Deep fry at 190°C until golden and crisp and drain onto kitchen paper.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving

Amount Per Serving

Calories 505

% Daily Value

Total Fat 7.2g

11%

Saturated Fat 3g

15%

Sodium 770mg

32%

Total Carbohydrates 94.2g

31%

Dietary Fiber 2.6g

10%

Sugars 2.3g

Protein 14g

6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Rice and Peas https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/vegan/rice-and-peas/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/vegan/rice-and-peas/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:41:34 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=18757 All the way from the Caribbean, rice and peas may be a simply dish but is oh so comforting with its exotic flavours. You will feel like you are eating a vibrant dish straight from Jamaica. Also, it’s pretty easy to prepare. Hope you enjoy this one! best selling Levi Roots cookbooks Caribbean cuisine Rice...

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All the way from the Caribbean, rice and peas may be a simply dish but is oh so comforting with its exotic flavours. You will feel like you are eating a vibrant dish straight from Jamaica. Also, it’s pretty easy to prepare. Hope you enjoy this one!

Peas And Rice

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Caribbean cuisine

Rice and peas are a traditional dish from the Caribbean. Traditional Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of several cultures. You might find inspirations from European, African, Jewish or even Asian cuisine. Imagine combining all those flavours in one dish! Ingredients that are commonly found in this cuisine are beans, peas, rice, coriander, chickpeas, coconut or bell peppers. So, as you can imagine, these rice and peas are truly from the Caribbean.

Have you ever been? Got a favourite island? These rice and peas are actually from Jamaica. Now, there are two things I’ve always wanted to try from Jamaica. First, being the local cuisine. Second, being the excellent coffee.

Why rice and peas

As you are looking at these pictures, you probably have one question in your mind. Why are they called rice and peas, especially when there are no peas in the rice? In this recipe, I actually used red kidney beans. They are a very common substitute for the pigeon peas, which are traditional used in Jamaican rice and peas. Pigeon peas are small and green, but don’t confuse them with green peas. The former originated from India roughly 4000 years ago.

Cuisine Caribbean

 

Substitutes

If you don’t feel like using red kidney beans or pigeon peas, there are plenty of substitutes. Red kidney beans taste almost buttery and rich. Whatever you do, do not substitute with white beans. A lot of people make this mistake which leads to disappointment.

Firstly, you can try using pink beans. The latter have a meaty flavour and a nice powdery texture. They are very similar to pinto beans. Therefore, pinto beans is my next suggestion for a good substitute. However, pinto beans are slightly smaller, rounder and darker. Third, you can use the classical red beans. These however, are not at smooth as the red kidney beans.In addition, they are all an excellent source of protein, fiber and iron.

Rice

The rice you should definitely go for is the long-grained rice. Don’t underestimate cooking rice. Many people still have trouble cooking rice properly. Desirably cooked rice should be nice, white and fluffy. I’ll share some tips and tricks with you, that can help you make your rice perfect every time.

First, make sure you rinse the rice really well with water. Don’t stop until the water is totally clear. This step will remove any excess starch. Therefore, your rice will be less sticky. In addition, make sure you use a heavy-bottom pan. This will prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom. Lastly, once you are done cooking your rice, let it rest. This is a very important step in terms of getting the moisture into your rice. Once you follow these tips, your rice will come out wonderful.

Rice Coconut Red Kidney Beans

Coconut rice

No, this coconut rice is not for a dessert. Although, you can find coconut rice in many desserts like the mango sticky rice. Coconut rice is also for savoury dishes. More importantly, this coconut rice is a key component for the rice and peas recipe. You’ll need to use a good quality brand of coconut milk. Not coconut oil or coconut juice won’t work in this case, so don’t confuse these with milk. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a completely different dish. You can use any can of coconut milk from the supermarket. Obviously, if you use a bio coconut milk, even better! Coconut milk will add a rich taste to the rice and peas.

Toppings

As these rice and peas are a Caribbean classic, it should be no surprise to include the leaves of coriander. The coriander elevates the rice and peas, adding a delicious aroma. If you don’t have coriander, you can also use fresh parsley or basil. However, this will change the dish completely. If you wish to stay within the tropical cuisine, I recommend sprinkling some fresh lime juice over the rice and peas.

Serving

There are plenty of ways you can serve the rice and peas. You can serve it with a Jamaican style curry. You can also serve it as a side to roasted meats. For example, why don’t use try serving it with the crying tiger steak. However, the best option is to serve it with jerk prawns or any jerk spice recipe. The beauty of jerk spice is that you can use it on literally any ingredient. If you don’t feel like making other dishes, you can serve it by itself. As you’ve probably deducted from looking at the picture, I like to serve the rice and peas as a trio also with some delicious mango salsa.

Meal Jamaican

Storage

The amazing thing about this dish, is that it is really easy to store. It will keep for a long time in the fridge. You can also freeze it and take it out of the freezer on a lazy comfort food day. Hope you enjoy!

Pea & Egg Fried Rice

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Jerk Prawns

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Rice and Peas

Prep 40 minutes

Cook 10 minutes

Total 50 minutes

Servings 6

Author: Michelle Minnaar

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 1.25ml (¼ tsp) ground allspice
  • 400g (1lb) long grain rice, rinsed in cold water
  • 400g (1 tin) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 scotch bonnet chilli
  • 400ml (1 tin) coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Fry the onion and garlic gently in the oil in a large pot until translucent.
  2. Add the allspice and stir thoroughly.
  3. Add the rice, kidney beans, thyme, chilli, coconut milk and 400ml (⅔ pt) water and stir.
  4. Bring the contents to a slow simmer, cover and cook for around 30 minutes until the rice is cooked.
  5. Remove the thyme, garlic and chilli then fluff the rice with a fork.
  6. Season with freshly ground salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

  • Serve with your favourite jerk dish and a salsa.

Courses Side Dish

Cuisine Caribbean

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving

Amount Per Serving

Calories 693

% Daily Value

Total Fat 24.2g

37%

Saturated Fat 15.9g

80%

Sodium 22mg

1%

Total Carbohydrates 99.9g

33%

Dietary Fiber 12.9g

52%

Sugars 4.5g

Protein 21.6g

6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Jerk Prawns https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/pescatarian/jerk-prawns/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/pescatarian/jerk-prawns/#comments Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:15:37 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=18658 For me, the summer means lots of seafood. To bring that seaside holiday feeling to my own dinner table is something that always makes the warmer months much better. If you relate to this feeling, you will absolutely love my jerk prawns recipe. You don’t even have to live near the seaside to enjoy it!...

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For me, the summer means lots of seafood. To bring that seaside holiday feeling to my own dinner table is something that always makes the warmer months much better. If you relate to this feeling, you will absolutely love my jerk prawns recipe. You don’t even have to live near the seaside to enjoy it! It Is fresh and tasty, and not least, easy to prepare. It’s the perfect dish to share with family or friends in the garden, while enjoying the sunshine. Serve this dish with a glass of chilled rosé wine, or simply a refreshing lemonade, and it’s the perfect summertime meal.

Prawns Jerk

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Jerk spice

Jerk spice is a spice mix originally from Jamaica, but nowadays widely popular. In this recent recipe of mine, you can see how to make your own jerk spice. Store the jerk spice in a dark and dry place and use it in abundance. In addition, it’s not something you find in the stores very often, so therefore better make it yourself. You can find out all about jerk spice for your jerk prawns in my recent post here.

Raw Prawns Marinating

Tiger Prawns

For this recipe, you need 20 raw shell-on tiger prawns, cleaned and deveined. Tiger prawns are shrimps from southeast Asia. However, they are a lot bigger that the shrimps from our northern waters. Most of the tiger prawns you can buy are frozen, but that doesn’t mean the quality is bad. Just be sure to defrost them slowly in the fridge. This way you maintain quality of texture and flavour.

The tiger prawn owes its name not only to its size, but mainly to its characteristic black and white stripes on the back. Even when cooked, and the meat turns into a pinkish red colour, the stripes are still very obvious. In Asia make up the core ingredient of many well-known dishes. Almost any Thai curry can be had with tiger prawns instead of meat in it and they are most valued source of protein.

Jerk Shrimp Raw

 

Other types of shrimp

If you can’t get hold of any tiger prawns, it is possible to substitute with other types of shrimp. However, these will typically be smaller than the tiger prawns. This means they will cook even quicker, but they will also be a little more difficult to eat in the sense that they are smaller and more peeling is needed. I would really recommend you to stick to the tiger prawns for this one, and luckily most supermarkets stock them frozen. Alternatively, you can buy raw, peeled prawns and fry them in the pan and sprinkle with jerk seasoning.

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Grilling the prawns

It can be a little tricky to get your prawns perfectly cooked. So, how do you know when they are done? The prawns are fully cooked when they are completely pink, including the heads.

This is the exact point where you take them out of the pan or off the grill to stop the cooking process. Otherwise, you could easily end up overcooking them, leaving the flesh with a dry and rubbery texture, which you want to avoid. The prawn should be cooked through, but should be still juicy and tasty when you eat them. So, make to sure to keep a sharp eye during this part of the cooking process and don’t distract yourself with other tasks. Remember, it only takes about 2-3 minutes to cook the prawns, so make sure to keep a watchful eye.

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Go vegan

As you know, I am a huge fan of vegan cuisine. The great thing about this jerk prawn recipe is, that you can go vegan with it. Instead of prawns, you can use any vegetable you want, and simply sprinkle it with the jerk seasoning.

Some of my favourites are: zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant or even thinly sliced carrots. The sweetness of the carrots, works quite well with the jerk spice, so you should give it a try. What are your favourite vegetables to put on the grill? Leave a comment below.

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Serve with rice

To accompany the jerk prawns, I have cooked the classic Caribbean dish, Rice and Peas, which comprises rice cooked with coconut milk and a scotch bonnet chilli with red kidney beans.

On Prawns Cooked Shell

Mango Salsa

You can of course eat the jerk prawns with just the rice and peas. However, in order to give the meal the ultimate summer flair, you need something to freshen the taste buds. The sweet and spicy mango salsa is the ideal complement for the jerk prawns.

The exotic taste of the mango, goes extremely well with the grilled jerk taste and the almost sweet prawn meat. Make sure you buy a nice and ripe mango for this to get that desired sweet taste in the salsa. The same goes for the avocado. You can press on the top of the fruit to check if its ripe. If its slightly soft and gives in when you push, it means it’s ready to eat. Another thing to remember is that we very often eat with our eyes as well. I find the colours of the manga salsa, in combination with the jerk prawns and the rice, simply sensational! Top it all off with a couple of fresh coriander leaves. Beautiful!

Prawns Spicy

Not a jerk fan?

If you don’t like this spice mix, don’t worry. You can fry the prawns with a bit of chili or paprika instead. Plus, there are plenty more things you can do with those prawns sitting in the fridge. Take a look at these delicious dishes, also featuring prawns.

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What I love about prawns is that you can go either way with them, and they still taste amazing. Enjoy!

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Prawns Jerk

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Jerk Prawns

Prep 30 minutes

Cook 10 minutes

Total 40 minutes

Servings 2

Author: Michelle Minnaar

Ingredients

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) jerk seasoning
  • 20 raw shell-on tiger prawns, cleaned and deveined

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix the oil and jerk spice.
  2. Place the prawns in the bowl and stir thoroughly until all surfaces are covered.
  3. Leave to marinate for up to one hour. [optional]
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
  5. Place the prawns in one layer and fry them until their top sides start showing tinges of pink.
  6. Using tongs, turn each prawn on its other side.
  7. The prawns are fully cooked when they are complete pink, including the heads.

Recipe Notes

  • Serve with rice and peas, and mango salsa.
  • Alternatively, you can buy raw, peeled prawns and fry them in the pan and sprinkle with jerk seasoning.

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Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf https://www.greedygourmet.com/travel-writing/spain-travel-writing/sandos-san-blas-nature-resort-golf/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/travel-writing/spain-travel-writing/sandos-san-blas-nature-resort-golf/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:26:40 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=18646 As you drive south down the TF-65 it is very hard to miss Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf. The terracotta sticks out prominently to the right, while the sleepy town of Los Abrigos is situated on the left. Ample indoor and outdoor parking is available and once you walk into the establishment you...

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As you drive south down the TF-65 it is very hard to miss Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf. The terracotta sticks out prominently to the right, while the sleepy town of Los Abrigos is situated on the left.

Huge terracotta building

Spacious 5-star hotel foyer

San Blas Nature resort corridor

Tenerife holiday gardens

Sandos cave structure in Tenerife

Ample indoor and outdoor parking is available and once you walk into the establishment you truly get to appreciate just how big the resort is. The Spanish villa-style and terracotta remains consistent throughout the place and as much was done as possible to conserve the natural habitat as well. Native plants, such as various cacti and banana trees are dotted throughout to convey the message you’re never far from nature.

Tanning area

Deck chairs at pool

Swimming facilities at San Blas in Tenerife

The majority of the pools are lined down the center of the resort and on either side are the hotel’s rooms, almost like two long extended arms giving the pools a hug. Bodies glisten with sunscreen from early morning but fortunately, you will always find a spare sunbed. There are adult-only zones for those who want to get away from screeching kids. For people who prefer to swim in the sea, the beach is a very short walk away – a destination for weddings.

Beach wedding destination

Sandos is all-inclusive and there are plenty of activities for young and old. Morning and afternoon sessions are available at the Mini Club with activities such as arts and crafts, pool games and face painting. My daughter came back from these events with a huge smile on her face and excitedly chatting away, telling me everything that happened.

Entertainment at Sandos

Children playing swimming games

Wooden snail rocking chair

Adults can participate in gym exercise classes in the morning, and in the afternoon so rifle shooting, kayak, play a ping pong tournament, wall climbing, tennis, paddling and volleyball, to name a few. Golf is also available. In the evenings there are live performances in the Magma room. Don’t forget to visit the nature resort!

Nightlife is active but not rowdy. The bar is heavily frequented, the later it gets. That said, the weather is simply so beautiful that at the other end of the resort people sit and chat with a glass of wine while the kids are playing pool – all in all a very relaxed atmosphere. In summer live shows are performed outside in the arena.

Adult rowing activities

Pool drinking area

There are two restaurants onsite. La Cueva de Atxoña is a buffet restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a capacity of 450 seats. While picky Western palates are catered for with the usual junk food such as pizza, pasta, nuggets etc. etc. etc., I am pleased that they do serve traditional food such as Spanish tortillas, padron peppers, aubergine dishes, churros and more, as well.

There are usually four types of fish, each cooked beautifully, at every meal. There is a big salad bar available, some made-up salads are already assembled but plain ingredients are also at hand to make up your own imaginative concoction. There is a large turnover of food but while it’s by no means haute cuisine, the quality is satisfactory. Kids and adults alike are well chuffed with the wide selection of desserts.  For gourmet meals, La Proa is open to the public and guests, at a price.

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Inside Sandos restaurant

Fresh fruit platters

Breakfast buffet

Traditional Spanish breakfast

Full English Breakfast

Churros with Chocolate sauce

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Dessert buffet

Sandos was built in 2008 and the rooms remain modern, neat and a joy to stay in. Of course, Wifi is available to keep in contact with loved ones, work and whatnot. Thanks to its sheer size I wouldn’t have guessed that there were almost 1200 guests at the resort when I stayed there. At no point did it feel crowded. In fact, quite the opposite.

Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf is the type of place where you can easily stay for a week and simply not go anywhere – my recipe for a perfect break. For those we start to feel a bit twitchy after a while, there is a shuttle service to Las Americas for a bit of action.

San Blas bedroom front doors

 Seating in hotel room

Sleeping area

Our family tremendously enjoyed our stay and my daughter loved the delightful staff so much that she asked whether we could move to Tenerife. One day!

For more information, please visit the website.

A special thanks to canarias.com for assisting with car hire that helped me to reach all my destinations in Tenerife.

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Crying Tiger Steak https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/omnivore/crying-tiger-steak/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/omnivore/crying-tiger-steak/#comments Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:41:48 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=18581 You are in for a treat with this Crying Tiger Steak recipe. This bad boy will impress any meat lover or man in your house. A very popular dish when having guests over. Believe it or not, but it’s not so difficult to make. Overall, it will take under an hour and the smells you’ll...

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You are in for a treat with this Crying Tiger Steak recipe. This bad boy will impress any meat lover or man in your house. A very popular dish when having guests over. Believe it or not, but it’s not so difficult to make. Overall, it will take under an hour and the smells you’ll be experiencing in the kitchen will make you extremely hungry and impatient. Guess what, while the Crying Tiger Steaks are on the grill, you can also prepare great sides. By the end of this meal, you’ll wish you would have taken a larger piece or made more. Excellent with a good glass of heavy red wine!

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Many people opt out from making steaks because they are afraid of overcooking the beautiful piece of meat. The OptiGrill is your tool to produce quality dishes, giving perfect results every time. You can use it for grilling meat, fish, vegetables and even cheese like halloumi. Thinking about it now, it would have been perfect for my grilled halloumi recipe or my masala grilled aubergine. It’s the tool that gives you confidence when working with quality ingredients, taking the worry away as you know you will always produce an amazing meal.

Here are just a few fantastic features the Tefal OptiGrill has:

  • The LED Cooking Level Indicator which makes it clear when your meat or fish is done. The cooking indicator will change colour and beep for rare, medium, well done.
  • A thickness detecting sensor which regulates grilling temperature according to the size of the meat so it knows what you’re cooking.
  • Meat grilling pre-sets: burgers, chicken, bacon, sausage, steak and fish.
  • A drainage system which stops meat being saturate
  • If you don’t own an Optigrill, you can simply barbecue the Crying Tiger Steaks or pan-fry them to your liking.

Steak Raw Sirloin

 

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I don’t know about you, but I tend to overcook whatever I grill from time to time. I can honestly say that my grill skills can be better. If you are the same, then you should really look in the OptiGrill’s #GrillSkills campaign. The #GrillSkills campaign provides great tips and tricks for those wanting to cook their produce to perfection. What I usually use is a thermometer. However, it doesn’t work all the time. What are your tips and tricks? Feel free to share.

Steak Marinating

Crying Tiger

So, what exactly is a Crying Tiger Steak? The first time I discovered this dish, I didn’t quite understand it and it made me very curious! In fact, it’s an Asian-style steak originally from Thailand. You might recognise it as Suea Rong Hai, in its Thai name. In general, it’s a Thai steak served with a dry chili sauce. I serve it with Jaew sauce, which also has chili flakes. Usually in Thailand, the sauce varies from home to home.

Some have also come to recognise this dish as the Weeping Tiger Beef instead of Crying Tiger Steak. Apparently, legend has it that this dish is so delicious, it would even make a tiger cry. However, this is pure legend. I am not sure whether Thai people actually believe this or not. Well, in any case, the steak is generally served in strips. These represent the tears of the tiger.

Opti Grill Cooking Steak

Sirloin

Of course, there is nothing better than a beautiful sirloin cut steak. It’s cut from the upper-middle part of the cow and is generally the most popular amongst consumers. You can also choose other cuts for your Crying Tiger Steak:

  • Rib-eye steak: cuts from the rib section. Very tender when cooked medium to medium rare.
  • Fillet steak: the most tender steak of all cuts, however also quite pricy.
  • T-Bone steak: huge cut that’s partly sirloin and partly fillet steak. You should cook both sides at different temperatures. This way, you’ll avoid having one chewy side.

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Serve

There are many things you can serve you Crying Tiger Steak with. As it is summer, I recommend a beautiful garden salad with some vegetables and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Let the steak sing on your plate. Plus, you can chop up the ingredients for your salad while your steaks are on the grill. If you are expecting company, you might want to serve some French fries. My favourite are double-fried sweet potato fries. Crisp to perfection! You can also make a sweet potato mash or a sweet-potato gratin.

Opti Grill Grilled Steak

Red Wine Pairing

With great steak comes great red wine. You want to make sure that you get a good quality red wine to go with the Crying Tiger Steak. It is best to select a wine that comes from a sunny place. The more sun grapes are exposed to, the more sugar the fruit contains. Therefore, the more body in the wine! Generally, I prefer the heavy wines from Southern France that have hints of caramel and dark fruit in their bouquet. I highly recommend trying something from the region of Saint Emilion or Saint Julien. They are both rich and full red wines. Both being from Bordeaux, they will not disappoint you!

Jaew Sauce Crying Tiger Steak

White Wine Pairing

If you feel like tweaking this recipe a bit and grilling fish or a nice piece of halloumi instead, go for a glass of delicious Chablis. Chablis is from the wine region of Bourgogne. It has subtle acidity, slightly fatty texture with hints of peaches or flowers. Excellent for serving when eating outdoor in the garden. Especially, on a sunny day!

If you feel like enjoying more summer dish or using your grill more in the garden, make sure you check out these delicious recipes below. They might just inspire you!

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Crying Tiger Steak

Prep 10 minutes

Cook 30 minutes

Total 40 minutes

Servings 2

Author: Michelle Minnaar

Ingredients

  • 2 x 200g (7oz) sirloin steaks

Marinade

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) soy sauce
  • 10ml (2 tsp) fish sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 10ml (2 tsp) sugar

Jaew Sauce

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) toasted rice flour
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) tamarind paste
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) water
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) fish sauce
  • 10ml (2 tsp)  brown sugar
  • 5ml (1 tsp) red chilli flakes
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) fresh coriander, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the marinade ingredients and place the steak in it. Marinate for no more than 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the Tefal Optigrill+.
  3. Dab the steaks clean and when the Optigrill is ready, place the steaks on the grillclose the gadget and press the OK button.
  4. When the coloured sensor reaches orange, it means the steak is medium. Red for fully cooked.
  5. Remove the steak and let it rest.
  6. Meanwhile prepare the Jaew sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use rump, fillet or rib-eye steaks if you prefer.
  2. If you don’t own an Optigrill, you can simply barbecue the steaks or pan-fry them to your liking.

Cuisine Thai

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving

Amount Per Serving

Calories 417

% Daily Value

Total Fat 22.2g

34%

Saturated Fat 9.1g

46%

Sodium 1915mg

80%

Total Carbohydrates 22.4g

7%

Dietary Fiber 1g

4%

Sugars 12.1g

Protein 31.4g

6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Las Iguanas – Chelmsford https://www.greedygourmet.com/restaurants-2/las-iguanas-chelmsford/ https://www.greedygourmet.com/restaurants-2/las-iguanas-chelmsford/#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:04:56 +0000 https://www.greedygourmet.com/?p=17796 Since the opening of a Las Iguanas branch in Braintree, I’ve been a frequent visitor and have grown to love this restaurant chain. While the food is by no means haute cuisine, the quality has remained the same throughout and to date I haven’t had a dud meal. Recently, Las Iguanas launched a new menu and even...

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Since the opening of a Las Iguanas branch in Braintree, I’ve been a frequent visitor and have grown to love this restaurant chain. While the food is by no means haute cuisine, the quality has remained the same throughout and to date I haven’t had a dud meal.

South American Restaurant

Recently, Las Iguanas launched a new menu and even more exotic dishes are coming out of the South American kitchen. Whoever designed the menu was acutely aware of differing dietary needs and dishes are clearly marked as Vegan, Nut Free, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and even New. No wonder the restaurant is almost always chock-a-block because just about every eating plan you follow can be catered for.

Vegan Salad at Las Iguanas

Beetroot, Avocado & Cranberry Ensalada (£8.50) gets a big thumbs up from this salad averse eater. In fact, I ordered it again the other day at the Braintree branch and it turned out to be just as good as the first time. Originally, it was shared as a starter between two adults but it makes a large meal on its own. There is the option to add crayfish, grilled chicken or pan-fried halloumi for a supplement of £2 but for me it was more than enough already. The spinach leaves are well dressed and the combination of creamy avocado, sweet beetroot, tangy onions and crunchy nuts was enough to take me to seventh heaven.

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Seafood dish

The first time I reviewed Las Iguanas, I found the Bahian Coconut Chicken (£12.95) on the dry side. This time it wasn’t served as a whole chicken breast but in chopped pieces where the sauce helped to moisten the chicken. Flavour-wise the dish couldn’t be faulted. As a seafood lover I raved about the Sea Bass A Lo Macho (£14.95), which consisted of fillet of sea bass with mussels, crayfish and prawns in a white wine, spinach, paprika & cream sauce with spring onion rice. That’s quite a mouthful but what a delicious one it was. As a testament, I have ordered this again on other occasions and haven’t been disappointed yet.

Kids' Main Course

Kids' menu at Las Iguanas

If you’re a parent, listen up! It might not always been the case but during the past two school holidays I couldn’t help but notice that Las Iguanas has a special offer that for each adult one child can eat free. A bargain, right? The kids menu has standard western food that my picky eaters loved. Burgers, chicken nuggets, fish fingers, pizza, you get the gist. My kids especially loved the curly fries. The Ninos Meal costs £5.90 and includes a main course, dessert and one drink.

Kids' dessert

Kids' dessert

One wobbly jelly and crispy, chocolate dipped churro later, and my kids were as happy as punch. In fact, we all were. Las Iguanas is an energetic restaurant with cool vibes, an interesting menu, delicious food and cocktails. We will be back. Again. You can count on it!

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