Tidy Big T Tapas


So the last time I went home to the Big T (otherwise known as Tranent) I spent a lot of time cooking. It’s traditional that whenever I’m home (or whenever we’re together anywhere, actually) that the mothership and I go for tapas. Since the good ship TidyMunch set sail somewhere between that visit and the one before it, I decided that instead of going out for tapas, I’d just make my own.

And so I present to you: Croquetas de jamón with alioli, Chorizo al jerez, and Patatas Bravas.

There’s quite a bit to do in these recipes, so unless you fancy spending an entire day in the kitchen (if you’re as slow as me) I’d recommend making the Croquetas and the alioli a day ahead!

Of course, there’s no need to serve them all together, you can pick and choose as you please. It’s quite the feast if you do make the effort, though!

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Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sesame Seeds and a Mango Hollandaise


I was very nervous about this recipe, as it’s a MasterChef one (from 2007 quarter-finalist Jaye Wakelin, apparently). It was much easier than I feared, though, and even tastier!

I’ve seen about a million different ways to make Hollandaise (boom! I rhymed!) but this is amongst the easiest, even with the inclusion of fresh mango. This is certainly one for when you want to impress, and my only regret is that it didn’t photograph better!

So what you waiting for? Get your sauce on!

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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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Crispy Fried Ricotta Gnocchi with Garlic & Chilli


Today’s recipe is a modern twist on an Italian classic.

I first tried something similar to this as a starter at The Crown in Chertsey, Surrey. If you’re ever in the area (maybe visiting Thorpe Park) it’s definitely worth stopping off here for food. It was so good that I couldn’t wait to try it when I got home. I tried it with some packet potato gnocchi (as the original recipe was also potato) and was very pleased with the results, but didn’t feel that was worthy of being included in my shiny new blog. I did some research into basic potato gnocchi recipes, but me being me decided I wanted to tweak it a bit.

My first attempt at this recipe wasn’t perfect, only alright, but it’s worth sticking with as my second attempt was nothing short of amazing, if I do say so myself! I’ll try to point out some potential pit-falls along the way, and highlight what worked better the second time around.

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