Chilli beef stacks

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Sometimes I get such a craving for chilli. It’s literally up there with one of my all time favourite meals. I like to mix it up with what I have it with so I could end up having it with brown rice, baked potato, chips, sweet potato but there is always a salad always. Here’s a recipe that I sort of put together myself.

Serves  4 

Recipe

1 tin of kidney beans in chilli

1 tin of chopped tomato

1 large sweet potato (sliced in to 1 cm circles)

1 brown onion (finely diced)

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 or 2 avocados ( sliced)

1 lime (cut into wedges of 4)

400 gram lean minced beef

1 red chilli peppers (sliced)

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

Makings of a garden salad (cucumber, lettuce, tomato, scallions)

1 tsp TheCaribbeandub’s hot sauce optional (will be available to buy soon)

Method

In a preheated oven add the sliced sweet potato with 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil, salt, pepper and roast  at 180 c  for 25 mins. Make sure to turn half way through.

In a pan melt the remaining coconut oil, add the spices and gentle fry for a 2/3 minutes.

Add the diced onion and cook for a further  1 minute.

Add the beef and cook until brown.

Stir in the chopped tomato and  kidney beans. Now would be the time to add the Hot sauce if you dare.

Let this simmer for 15 mins or until the sauce has thickened.

Prepare the salad adding the diced avocado, lime and  chilli to the mix,

Plate up and enjoy.

Thanks for reading xxx

TheCaribbeandub.

 

 

 

 

Cauliflower Rice

 

Cauliflower Rice

Having tried the Paleo diet and loved it for the most part there were a few things that have remained in my  diet, This cauliflower rice is so tasty and absolutely delicious. Sometime I have it on its own with my curry etc or sometimes I blend it with the carbs for example rice.

I added the recipe for this on my instagram page (@TheCaribbeanDub ) have a look it’s the easiest dish I’ve ever made.

Here’s a simple Chicken Curry to accompany it with.

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 chicken fillets diced

1 onion

1 scotch bonnet chilli

5 mushrooms (or more)

200 grams butternut squash sliced into small cubes

1 tablespoon of curry power (more if you want)

1 tsp coconut oil

4 pimento seeds crush ( optional)

1 can of coconut milk

1 tsp grated ginger

3 cloves of garlic crush

100g diced tomato

Method

In a wok I added the chicken and cooked until white.

Remove chicken and add All the spices and vegetables.

Cook for about 5 minute. If the pot gets a bit dry add some water, you shouldn’t need more oil.

It’s now time to add the chicken again.

Pour the coconut milk in and simmer for about 30 minute.

Plate up and enjoy,

Thanks for reading TCDubxxx

 

Caribbean Baked Chicken

I love me some IMG_6549chicken.. and I love me some southern fried chicken but I have vowed never to get a deep fat fryer and I hate the smell of oil after deep-frying. So I had to dig deep to get this one right, yes took a couple of goes and many a guinea pig to test it out but it was worth all the pain and suffering in the end my friends. It is also kind of healthy I did say kind of! Here’s the perfect cheat recipe for y’all.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 pack of mixed chicken pieces (you could use even a pack of chicken wings or drumsticks )

or

1 whole chicken cut into pieces

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon of ground chilli (optional)

1/2 cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

3 tablespoon of butter / margarine (you could go as light as you wish)

1 lemon

1 egg

salt / pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of Caribbeanbeandub’s hot  pepper sauce (if your like me then you’ll probably use more than that)

Method

Before we talk about seasoning and marinade anything you need wash your chicken with your lemon. Cut it into wedges and literally rub all over the skin .

Place you chicken pieces in a bowl I would try to do this at least four hours before your about to cook them.  Add the chilli, cayenne pepper,  white pepper, paprika, salt and pepper.

With you finger mix it all together making sure that all the chicken pieces are coated.

Cover and Place in the fridge for a couple of hours for better results overnight would be perfect.

…….Finally!

Pour your flour onto a plate or large bowl, in another bowl beat an egg and add  hot sauce.

Sometimes I even put a bit of black pepper in the flour.

Turn your oven on  the highest it can go  mine is 250 c

Place a large baking tray with I’d say 2 generous  tablespoons of  butter and put it in the oven to melt.

Dip you chicken into the egg mix then press it  into the flour. Repeat until everything is coated.

When the butter is melted and the  oven is really hot carefully place your chicken into the tray.

Mine usually takes about  45 -60 minutes make sure to turn it after about 20 minutes.

I guarantee you will be surprised at how good this taste. Don’t forget to tag TheCaribbeanDub  I do love a bit of food porn!

Thanks for reading TCDub xxx

Zaragoza

20140618-104439-38679420.jpgWell where do I start. I love Tapas when I’m in Spain and there are some Spanish restaurants here in Dublin that are doing it right. So when it was suggested that we head for a bite in Zaragoza I was curious. Yes it was a name I associated with a Spanish football team so I got that part. But with so many restaurants now throwing out the name Tapas like it’s a  new buzz word I was sceptical.
And I believe there are some that are using it as another way of dragging  more money out of our already worn pockets. I will name no names, small portions big prices.

Anyway upon entering Zaragoza I thought the interior looked a little modern for what I would usually associate with a traditional Spanish restaurant and I was ready to be disappointed. How wrong was I. Although it was quite spacious,  the two lads on the guitars had me already tapping my feet with their Spanish twist on already popular songs. I loved it .The atmosphere was set.

It was good to see I wasn’t the only one buzzing from my three cocktails on an empty stomach (Thanks to The Vintage Cocktail Club). There was a definite buzz in the place. I’m going to have to bullet point what we had because it was quiet a bit.

 

It all started it with

  • Bread of course,
  • Again then it was bread with  green olive tapenade,
  • Gambas al ajillo- prawn in chilli and garlic oil
  • Brochetas de rape- monkfish & smoked bacon skewers
  • mini pig burger
  • 5oz striploin steak  with pink peppercorn sauce
  • Chicken  wings x2
  • chips

 

By the way there was three of us. The portions are generous and although it was suggested that we chose two dishes each we struggled. There was still a bowl of wings left when we were leaving , which I’m yearning for now. My favourite was the monkfish and the Chicken wings weirdly enough ha ha. But  believe me it was a hard pick. Actually I have to tell you about the wings,  three words sweet, tangy and crispy. I love a good sauce me.

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Overall verdict…

The staff made it for me  because lets face it, the service is just as important to me as the food. I love a bit of banter and the waitresses were full of it. Friendly but not too  in your face.  Perfect Saturday night service. I thought the food was tasty, I love Tapas as I’m a picker. The value for money was  very fair, it all came to €40 ahead including wine. I asked the girls what they thought of the place in one word. There replies were yum and mixed crowd mine was fresh. Says it all really.

Thanks for reading  TCDub xx

 

Pasta and Fish

This one is quick , fresh and tasty if I do say so myself.

I haven’t cooked fish for a bit so thought after my recent visit to Kinsale I’d to get cooking.

Ingredients
Fish fillets any fish will do
Veg ( mushroom, tomatoes, onion, peppers)
Fresh Pesto ( got mine in Aldi)
Tiny bit of olive oil
Fresh Pasta ( once again I got mine in Aldi)

To start sauté the veg in a drop of olive oil.
The veg I used was what I had in my fridge but you could add courgettes or even asparagus. When these are cooked stir in the pesto.

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Heat a frying pan and add a little oil when the pan is hot place your seasoned fish ( salt and pepper) skin down.

In the mean time put your pasta in a pot of boiling water with a pinch of salt. Pasta should only take around 4 minutes max to cook. Stir your drained pasta into veg.

Your fish should be crisping up nicely. This literally takes a few minutes. Turn and when fish is done. Eat with Pasta and enjoy.

Prep time 10mins

Cooking time 10 mins

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The Vintage Kitchen

HELLO HELLO oh hi I have a little secret to share with you. I’ll make it short The Vintage Kitchen on Poolbeg st next to Mulligan’s pub. If you already know about this place then fair play to ya. I love it. I was there something like four times last year such is my addiction. Anyways I’ll break if down for you.

I was kindly gifted a record player and a couple of  records as one of my Christmas presents and I just took that as another excuse for a revisit , as they to allow you to bring in your own records oh and wine !! To be honest when I first heard that I thought it was one of these places that served crappy food and the BYOB was a gimmick to get the customers. We’ve all been there ehem. Well not here the food speaks for itself. It’s seasonal, tasty and pretty to look at.

To start …

I started with the Game risotto while Jenny had the Goats cheese and figs. I thought my risotto was rich and delicious . And to justify me saying they serve fresh seasonal produce our waitress even said to watch out for pieces of the bullet in my meat. Thankfully my meat was shrapnel free.

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To follow…

I opted for the lamb shank while Jenny had the poussin. I thought the combination of flavours compliment each other perfectly. Although I must say the presentation of the poussin was impressive. All this was smashed down with a M&S medium priced Red ( Chatea le Roque) .

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My thoughts…

This is my kind of restaurant. The staff are friendly, relaxed and helpful. The restaurant is buzzing. The food is cooked to a such a high standard that it’s worth bringing that lovely bottle of wine that you’ve been saving for a special occasion. I personally think €25 for 2 courses is more than value for money. Every time I visit this place it just gets better. I wanted to keep this place to my self but hey I might as well share it with you.

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Terra Madre

Terra Madre

Terra Madre

Like I said before I love my food  best when it’s simple and tasty. And last Saturday it dawned on me that I was going back to the gym so that meant it was healthy eating for the next 5 out of the next 7 days. Oh Lordy !!!

Me being a planner, I decided that I was going to try this Italian that I just never got around to dining at for whatever reason….. Terra Madre (Mother Earth ), as a treat for what I was about to do to my body!!.

My first thought was? WHY WAS I NOT HERE BEFORE?

This place is located on Bachelors walk, blink and you will miss it. As you can see from my picture its downstairs and the best word I can use to describe it is cosy.

We booked a late meal on Halloween night of all nights but I can tell you now the only thing scary here is the amount of bread that was consumed.

To start…

Olivia and myself  both started with the bruschetta. Mine was called “Lardo di Colonnata ” This was a Tuscan delicacy made from pork fat which was delicious but I have to admit I robbed a little too much of Olivia’s “Talli di Cappero”.  These were wild caper sprouts harvested by hand, apparently they are very rare. Marco our waiter explained to us that you would have to forage in the mountain before dawn to get them. And they are only grown in certain parts of Italy. Well all I can tell you they were worth the effort. I was addicted!!

Wild caper sprouts

Wild caper sprouts

To Follow….

I had the Ravioli and Olivia opted for the Fettuccine.  My dish was just out of this world with the right amount of sauce the  Ravioli was filled perfectly. To be honest I ate this so slow because I just had to savour every mouthful. The Fettuccine was cooked to perfection al dente. If you look at the portions you could see they were the right amount of generous but we both observed after that we didn’t at any time feel bloated as can happen when you eat pasta. Once again Marco explained that the reason why pasta is cooked al dente isn’t just for the  bit of bite but  because its easier to digest which was new to me.

Beloved Carbs!!

Beloved Carbs!!

To accompany this we had a “couple” of glasses of  the Monteulciano d’Abruzzo. It is a mouthful I know but I would recommend this because going in I said sure I’ll have a glass and it tasted so good I ended up having three which defeats the point of not getting a bottle. But hey I’m easily led.

To finish…

As I said previously I usually only ever  have 2 courses and I was happy to just have another glass of wine but  it was suggested that Olivia should try the chocolate salami. Ah sure why not!! These were lovely although the only thing salami about them was the shape. But I have been dreaming about them ever since. The right amount of chocolate served with walnuts and hazelnuts smothered in honey.

Chocolate Salami

Chocolate Salami

The Verdict…

This restaurant has only been in Dublin 2 years and its reputation grows. This is the type of place where the food does the talking. I left with a longing to visit the south of Italy. The service was outstanding and educational. The atmosphere was warm and the décor was shabby chic. All these factors combine I think this is a must go place it is as Authentic as your going to get.

http://www.terramadre.ie

Terra Madre

Bachelors Walk, Dublin

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Chickpea and chorizo stew

This is another simple recipe perfect for lunch. I had this for my dinner as I’m addicted to chorizo and chickpea. And the left overs came to work with me for my lunch the next day.

100g turkey breast diced
50g chorizo chopped
50g red pepper sliced
1 400g tin of chickpeas
1 400g chopped tomatoes
1 chilli pepper (anyone will do)
2 cloves of garlic sliced thinly
50g of sweet corn
2 scallions
Salt and pepper
1/2 tsp sugar

In a deep frying pan, place the chorizo, chilli and garlic and fry on a gentle heat. No oil needed as the chorizo creates its own oil.

Add the turkey ,pepper, scallion and fry for another minute or so.

Then add the sweetcorn, tin of drain chickpea and tin of chopped tomatoes

Add the sugar and season to taste.

Leave to simmer for 10-14 minutes stirring occasionally and tadaa it’s ready.

This is low in calories and easy to make . You could add chilli flakes/powder if you want it more spicy. Now enjoy 🙂

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Butternut squash side.

I love butternut squash too much and it’s really affordable, tasty and healthy.

Here’s a quick recipe for a side dish.

1 butternut squash
1 chilli any variety chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 knob of butter/ margarine
Salt/ pepper

Dice the squash with the skin on. Place in tin foil with garlic , chilli and knob of butter.

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Make a parcel with the tinfoil. Fold over and seal carefully.

Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minute at 200c degrees.

This is also gorgeous on the barbecue or gorgeous as part of a salad the next day. Enjoy TCDub.

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Tuna Pasta Salad

Here is a quick and tasty salad for lunch tried and tested by yours truly.

1 onion sliced
3 tablespoon sweetcorn
1 whole tomato or a few cherry tomatoes sliced
2 handfuls of pasta preferable whole wheat
1 Tin of tuna in brine or oil
2 tsps green pesto
1/4 cucumber diced

In a container layer the tomatoes, onion, cucumber, sweet corn.

Drain the tuna and add this to the container.

Stir in the pesto to the boiled and cooled pasta then add to then top you salad with this.

You can prepare this the night before and it makes for a really tasty lunch.

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