Tag: appetizers

2 Easy Recipes for Coleslaw and Blue Cheese Dressing

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Coleslaw, coming from the Dutch, Koolsalade meaning cabbage salad, is a common and typical side dish ordered by millions of us around the world every day. It is amazing that despite its simplicity and ease to make that most of us still buy our coleslaw from the market, rather than take the few minutes needed to make our own. This very quick and easy recipe will seek to rectify that.

Coleslaw is a delicious accompaniment to various meals from southern fried chicken to baby back ribs, its versatility and variation means it never gets left in the fridge for long. This easy recipe is for the basic coleslaw that is both delicious and almost universal in its uses.

This easy recipe can be tinkered with to your hearts content, ingredients such as raisins or sultanas can be added, even apple to make a fruit coleslaw, its variations are endless. Also because of its ingredients it can be made using the leftovers from many meals, and of course is vegetarian.

Coleslaw Recipe

For a normal sized bowl of coleslaw you will need

Ingredients

  • White/hard cabbage, for this recipe you will need a quarter
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 half onion
  • 2 heaped tbsps mayonnaise, low fat is fine
  • Splash of milk
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Pinch or chopped fresh parsley, optional but a nice touch

Equipment

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • Grater
  • Wooden spoon
  • Chopping board, sharp knife for prep

Method

  • Slice the cabbage length ways as finely as you can.
  • Peel and grate the carrot.
  • Slice the onion as finely as possible.
  • Add the vegetables to the mixing bowl.
  • Now add the mayonnaise and stir well.
  • Add a splash of milk and stir well to loosen up the coleslaw, add more if necessary.
  • Add the parsley and pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate in a suitable container, serve when ready.

Your delicious homemade coleslaw is ready, and goes great as a side to many dishes as mentioned above, also give it a try with pizza, enjoy.

Blue Cheese Dressing

A delicious dressing or dip, blue cheese dressing is great with southern fried chicken and Buffalo wings as well as many other dishes.
You will need

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise, low fat is fine
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 ozs blue cheese
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • Pinch pepper
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 half tsp garlic powder

Method

  • If you wish to make your own sour cream, simply squeeze the juice of half a lemon into 1 cup of double cream, stir and allow to stand for a minute to sour and thicken.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together in the bowl, bar the cheese.
  • Crumble the cheese into the mix and stir well.

Your blue cheese dressing is ready, enjoy.

5 Best Tapas in Spain

Spanish tapas

Tapas is one of my very favorite things about Spain. Who doesn’t love trying a few bites of everything? With tapas, I can both snack throughout the day and try many different dishes in one sitting. It’s ideal.

My favorite tapas bars in Barcelona allow you to go up to the case or the buffet, depending, and point at or pick up your dishes of choice. Some places charge different prices per item (usually just a couple of euro) while others have you hold on to the toothpicks that come stuck in the tapas. Either way, pair your items of choice with a beer or sparkling wine. Even though it’s not really authentic, I always opt for red sangria—sometimes it’s cool (and delicious) to be a bit touristy.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite tapas to indulge in when I’m in Spain.

Patatas bravas
Any way you look at it and in any culture, fried potatoes are pretty great. Patatas bravas are small pieces of potato served fired with bravas sauce. The sauce usually includes a tangy tomato style sauce with a bit of a kick alongside a mayonnaise-based cream sauce.

Pan con tomate
Pan con tomate is one of the simplest dishes on the planet, and that’s what makes it so good. It’s just excellent flavors from fresh ingredients. It’s toasted bread which is rubbed with a garlic clove and then a special kind of tomato, which essentially disintegrates over the crusty bread. Topped with some excellent olive oil and sea salt, it’s perfection.

La bomba
Quite literally “the bomb,” la bomba is a croquette made of potato and ground beef. It’s topped with delicious bravas sauce. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, la bomba is one of my very favorite tapas. It’s so filling, you really don’t need more than one la bomba alongside a couple of other tapas choices.

Jamon
Cured jamon is available all over Spain. Jamon Serrano and the rarer Jamon Iberico, which come from special pigs, are two of the many reasons why I love Spain. All freshly sliced to order (and often served with cheese), this is some of the best ham in the world.

Chorizo
Spain has its own type of tiny chorizo sausages. With a little bit of a kick and served in olive oil, these are a must-eat on any trip to Spain.