Recipe: Spabbit’s Stupid Chicken Curry

This recipe will produce a curry which is thick & lumpy, targeted to taste somewhere between a madras and a jalfrezi, and usually served with a naan bread. It's not something often served in restaurants, however commonly found at home :)

Makes around five servings, easily scaled up / down. When tsp is referred to, this is an actual tea-spoon, not a "measure", however it doesn't matter as it's all relative. Make it hotter or milder by varying the amount of chilli powder, or swapping it for fresh chillies - the recipe is designed to be cooked when you need at home, with the majority of the ingredients coming from your kitchen cupboards. As always, this recipe is a base - it will get you in the ball-park, however every cook is individual, tune this to your own taste!

This recipe can be keto-friendly, obviously served without the bread - the spices do have some carbs, however the portion of the spices will be quite low in individual servings.Continue Reading

Save the Cheeseburger, save the world – benefits of Cheeseburgers 🍔🍔🍔

???? Cheeseburgers ???? are undoubtedly one of the most beloved and iconic dishes around the world. The combination of the succulent patty, melted cheese, and an array of delicious fillings nestled between two soft buns (toasted brioche for the win!) is a culinary delight that satisfies our taste buds and leaves us craving more. While cheeseburgers have often been associated with indulgence and guilt, it may come as a surprise to learn that they offer several unexpected benefits beyond their mouth-watering taste. In this post, we'll explore the surprising advantages of enjoying a cheeseburger and how it can contribute to a balanced and less-miserable diet. Save the cheeseburger ????, save the world! ???? … Continue Reading

Spabbity Cooking Tips!

I've spent my 10,000 hours in the kitchen, not through particularly trying, but simply because I'm old, and like cooking. Cooking for me is great, but only when I have enough time to enjoy it, which isn't easy with a full time job etc! So here is my collection of tips - these have been acquired over those 10,000+ hours and, well every day is a school day - never close your mind to doing something differently. If you make use of even one of them, then my job is done :) … Continue Reading

Spabbit’s 20 Minute Kip Masala Boom Boom

This curry is a cheat. It's quick, dirty and completely gorgeous, it's in the rough neighbourhood of a tikka-masala taste wise, but with a hell of a lot more kick - thick and creamy in texture but with lots of sauce it should easily see you through a cold winter day or two! If you've got everything to hand in your kitchen, this can be raw to done in around 20 minutes, with perhaps another 10/15 for thickening up the sauce a little more to your liking.

Uncle Roger always knows best!

For those of you [like you three wierdos] who don't browse YouTube every day until your eyes bleed, you may not have stumbled across Nigel NG, aka Uncle Roger. This guy is amazing, and has recently produced a video taking Jamie Oliver to bits with his so-called-fried-rice - the results are hilarious. As a reasonable chef myself, I agree with everything Uncle Roger says! #MSGMASSIVE

Go subscribe to his channel if you haven't already!

Nigel NG also has a podcast called Rice to Meet You!

Spabbit’s Chilli Con Carne

This Chilli Con is a recipe which I have refined over the years, some of the ingredients have been swapped around due to availability over time - this is the latest iteration of the recipe. Whilst there are a few ingredients which aren't found that often in every kitchen, most of them should be available either online or in your local deli. The measurements are all approximate, the recipe will get you in the target zone, but as with all good recipes it's up to the chef to fine-tine to their own preferences. I hope you enjoy! … Continue Reading

Big shout out to Chin and Choo, from Ziangs Oriental Food Workshop

Here's a massive shout-out to Chin and Choo from Ziangs Oriental Food Workshop! I've been following Chin and Ziangs Oriental Food Workshop on YouTube for an age now, Chin is a very experienced Chef who passes on his and his mother's, Choo's recipes and tips from many years of running oriental takeaways. I've learnt an incredible amount from watching the main channel Ziang's Food Workshop, and highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of cooking oriental food, as Chin covers everything from the basics to the masterpieces… Continue Reading

Spabbit’s Spicy Noods

I love these Spicy Noods and they’re so healthy, the recipe is mine – influenced by the basic flavours of Singapore Noodles, but with an Indian slant, plus some Spanish smoke from the Pimentón 🙂 Cooking a batch on the weekend means a healthy spicy lunch to keep you going through the week.…

Recipe: Spabbit’s Chana Masala

Chana Masala❤ Chana Masala!

This is one of the cheapest side or main dishes to make, it’s quick, easy, and very tasty to boot. This whole recipe would cost under three pounds, or in American terms (Assuming approximately the same pricing) $3.50. I liked my latest batch so much I ended up eating it cold with some tortilla chips 🙂

This is also ideal for #lockdown cooking in any well stocked kitchen!…

Spabbit’s UK Indian-takeaway Mint Sauce.

img_4662For years now, I’ve been after a recipe to exactly replicate the sweet tasty sauce you typically get when ordering from an Indian Takeaway in the UK – the stuff is delicious, and I often found myself ordering more than I needed, just to feast with afterwards.

The sauce is great – you can have it with Indian food, such as bhajis or Samosas, or just as a dip for some tortilla chips (I’ve done that one more than once!)

Another LCHF meal idea!

imageI’m back on the LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat) diet this week, and whilst not bored of the usual recipes, I’m always looking to put a twist on an existing meal, after all a boring diet is one which you won’t end up sticking to.

People are always looking for carb substitutes, but nothing quite hits the spot, so I decided to go the other way, also away from the usual salad – as I don’t know about you, but I do tend to get a little bored with the same accompaniments all the time.…

Recipe: Cheesy Tandoori Stuffed Peppers

imageThis recipe is a twist on the Triple Cheese Tandoori Mushrooms, almost the same, however using a little twist of tomato and way more garlic Can you have too much garlic?.

This recipe lists between 2 and 4 medium / large peppers for filling – What I tend to do is make a load of filling, and if I don’t use it all, freeze it for next time, as it’s easy to defrost and fill some peppers to pop in the oven.…

Recipe: Tandoori Chicken

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This Tandoori chicken dish is super easy to make, and only takes around 10-15 minutes prep in total. You may have had something like this from an Indian Takeaway, maybe labelled as a Shashlik (Although that is cooked slightly differently), however probably down simply as Tandoori Chicken.

Serves 2. Don’t be put off this recipe for marinade times, you can do anything from 1 hour to 24 hours, obviously the longer the marinade the better, but don’t be pressured into thinking it has to be an age, it doesn’t!…

Sexist supermarkets in the UK, Lacking Customer Service!

SupermarketsDear Supermarkets, mainly Asda, Tesco, and Sainsburys.

Why are you so sexist towards men?

I’m a man. Yes, it’s true. It’s also true that I like to buy clothes, and shoes. Going naked is frowned upon.

For years now Supermarkets have done a decent job for women in the UK, the ranges are always expanding, and what’s more all the sizes are there – no longer do you find discrimination against the larger female form, in most cases.…

Recipe: Creamy Garlic Chilli Lime Chicken

imageWhere do I start with this one!? This is a recipe of two halves which complement each other perfectly. Depending on how you serve this, it can be a LCHF dish.

On one half you have perfectly seared and cooked butterfly chicken, and on the other a creamy zesty sauce. I suppose you could do this with chicken pieces, or bashed-flat chicken breasts, but I thought the butterfly style would be best!…

Recipe: Triple Choc-chip Cookies

IMG_3105This recipe makes the perfect cookies, so good that whenever I’ve made them, I’ve been accused of trying to pass off commercially made cookies as my own! Make ’em today, you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Ingredients

  • 380g (13oz) Self Raising Flour
  • 225g (8oz) Caster Sugar
  • 175g (6oz) Unsalted Butter
  • 100g (4oz) Milk Choc Chips
  • 100g (4oz) White Choc Chips
  • 75g (3oz) 70+% Coco Dark Chocolate
  • A few drops of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Large Eggs

Method

Chop the butter up into lumps, also do this for the chocolate.…