Brazilian Bolinhos & Triple Fried Sweet Potato Chips

IMGP2940And so the World Cup is over, but I couldn’t let it pass without a Brazilian recipe! At least they’ve made it to one final =/

Over the course of the competition I’ve been perfecting a light Chicken Stew (moqueca de frango) and although it’s tasty and I can thoroughly recommend it… nothing I could do made it even remotely visually appealing.

So instead, we have these wonderful little parcels of joy! They’re perfect finger food, and will go down well as nibbles when you want to impress and offer something other than chicken nuggets and sausage rolls! They’re also suitable for vegetarians, but not in an overt way that might deter hard-core carnivores!

The recipe comes from Cabana The Cook Book – a wonderful book that I hope to review for you very soon!

But enough about that for now… let’s just Kick off, for one last time!


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Kerrieschotel

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Well, it’s time to shed a tear and bid a fond farewell to The Netherlands, my tip to have won the World cup 🙁

I’d hoped that today we’d be making this delicious curried-rice dish to celebrate their progression to the final, but it wasn’t to be! Instead, let’s take comfort in its fulfilling, satisfying, tasty, spicy yumminess.

Kerrieschotel roughly translates as “curried things’ and I believe it’s originally intended to be a meal made from leftovers, things you’d already have in the house. It has a nostalgic ‘World War rations” feel about it that is kind of rustic and romantic, but as my belly rarely allows there to be any leftovers, I’ve adjusted the recipe to a more “premium” from scratch, one-pot one. Therefore, this recipe isn’t quite authentic. In fact the whole thing is pretty much a tidy tweak. All will be explained in that section, but for now, get your sleeves rolled up, and get stuck in!


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Costa Rican Empanadas

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Carrying on with our World Cup theme, I thought it was time to celebrate another of the competition’s unexpected delights, through the medium of a culinary delight!

Costa Rica weren’t expected to qualify from their (apparently) tough group, but actually won it, with the poor late lamented England the only team to take a point from them. They beat Greece after penalties, and now find themselves in the quarter finals!

These Costa Rican Empanadas are the perfect snack to nibble on during Saturday’s match against the Netherlands (who I’ve been backing to win the whole thing). Whether they’ll be drying their eyes and saying goodbye, or dancing in the streets of San José, celebrating their first Semi-final, these will see you (if not them) through!


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Nell’s Coronation Chicken

Nell's Coronation Chicken

With England bowing out in the World Cup’s group stage for the first time since 1958, and Andy Murray’s defence of his Wimbledon title getting underway, it seemed fitting that we go for something Classically British this week. And so we have our first ever Guest Spot at TidyMunch – it’s from Nell, and is her latest take on a familiar favourite from my childhood.

From here on in, most of the words are Nell’s…


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Summer of Sport Quesadilla


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After holding hosts Brazil to a goalless draw on Tuesday, Mexico have it all to play for when they face Croatia on Monday!

A draw will see them through, but whatever the result of their final group game, why not get into the spirit with this take on the iconic Mexican classic?

It’s tasty and filling, yet light enough for this mini heat-wave we’re enjoying at the moment!


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