Recipe, Video

Video Blog! Prawn and Chorizo Paella


I thought I’d do something special to mark the 1st birthday of the blog this month. Here’s the first video blog on the site! I’m cooking paella for this as it was one of the first recipes I posted on the blog back in August 2010.

It’s strange watching yourself on video. It’s also hard to edit! I seem to stir things a lot… must have cut out about 10 minutes of footage which was just me stirring a pan. The paella isn’t completely authentic (no carmelised bottom layer of rice and onions for example) but it’s delicious and really easy.

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Candlestick Maker Restaurant in Aboyne


It was Angela’s birthday last week which gave the perfect excuse (as if we needed it) to go for a slap up meal. I’ve driven through Aboyne a lot recently on my way to training with Deeside Runners at Glen Tanar and noticed a small restaurant which looked interesting. We checked it out online, booked a table and jumped on a bus heading west.

The Candlestick Maker in Aboyne is a small restaurant overlooking the village green. In previous lives it’s been a butchers and a bakers so you can see where the inspiration for the name came from. The restaurant promises a menu (£24.50 for two courses and £28 for 3) full of local produce which changes daily. Continue reading “Candlestick Maker Restaurant in Aboyne”

Recipe

Goulash


Another pig recipe! We had some diced pork in the fridge which was going to be for kebabs, but I fancied trying this instead. It’s kind of based on a paprika pork recipe I got from a book when I started cooking but I never really liked it. The book’s recipe only called for half an hour or so of cooking which meant the pork was tough and the whole dish was really bland. This is a jazzier version with softer, more tender pork from the longer cooking and a massive flavour boost from the chorizo. Continue reading “Goulash”

Food and drink

Prawn and chorizo paella


I’m a big fan of paella and we often make the trip to the international market when it visits especially to get a portion for lunch. Unfortunately the market is getting hugely overpriced in the current economic climate so I thought I’d try making my own and save us an expensive trip in the future.

After checking a few recipes online and a quick detour to the supermarket on the way home I got down to work. The end result was perfect. Exactly what I was hoping it would be. Tasted exactly the same as the overpriced paella from the market at a fraction of the price and it only took half an hour to make. Definitely one to make again.
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