Leftover magic under the Spanish sun

I was working hard this past week, travel articles and organic beauty were in fierce competition with the upcoming Mijas Rocks Málaga Music Festival, which I’m promoting like a dervish, as well as looking forward to!  My Twitter feed has swelled to incorporate tweets from movers and shakers, and a few head-bangers – all good!  I’m just waiting for Jon Bon Jovi to ask my advice on his leather trousers. Ahem.

So, meanwhile, Stan cleaned and washed and he’s a pretty good ‘housewife’ – well, basically I’m pretty crap at it, probably the most disorganised one you should ever meet…

And he cooked. He’s pretty inventive too. Some leftover Keema mix from his delicious Samosas were transformed into this, hmmm, let’s give it a Spanish angle and call it Picante Picada con Huevo.  That’s what it is, and it would be just as easy to use up some Bolognaise or Shepherd’s Pie filling – but we do like a bit of spice at our house… 🙂

A couple of flatbread strips on the side for dipping.  (Flour and water, griddle, hey presto)

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He added some home-made Triturate (cooked and sieved tomatoes) to the Keema mixture. Then added a couple of sheets of Filo, or Brick, as layers, and in a centre hollow dropped in an egg to each cazuela.  Baked until the egg whites were set but yolks still runny  – and we ate lunch in the little tat-filled courtyard we grandly call our garden.  The simple pleasures of leftovers and sunshine!  And a glass of vino too of course!  Ah, the rock star life…lol.

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The Kids have grown up…They’re Scone Before You Know It!

A dullish day here in Las Alpujarras, Andalucía, so Issey and I took to the kitchen and knocked out some scones.  One of the first things I used to make with Josh – now 16 and only enjoys eating them!  A really simple foolproof and fast recipe for kids to make with you, so if you’re a hassled Mum of a toddler, give this recipe a go and get your little one interested in cooking!

Makes nice memories as well as nice scones….!

It’s a long time since she looked like this!

Newport kitchen, about 2001

225 g of Self Raising flour

55g butter

pinch salt

sugar to taste

cupful of sultanas

125g milk

beaten egg

Make breadcrumbs of the flour, butter and add the salt and sugar.

Add the sultanas.

Make a well and mix in the milk.

Happily mixing...

Roll or press into 1″ thick, cut out rounds with a little glass or cutter.

Pop them on a baking sheet, glazing with the egg. We got about 16 using a small wine glass.

Only 7 minutes at 225 degrees will see them ready, cool a little and butter up well. A big glass of milk and a happy kid is the result!

Enjoy!

Now you see 'em....