Spicy Spanish Potato and Sausage Bombs

Spicy Spanish Potato Sausage Bomb - Pikalily Food Blog

We were recently asked by luxury travel site Destinology for a recipe that takes inspiration from our travels.  Having honeymooned in Barcelona and Madrid, and also spent time recently in Valencia, for us, it had to be a Spanish inspired recipe.  We did a lot of foodie things on these trips, from food tours in Madrid and Valencia, to wine and tapas in Barcelona, so it’s fair to say we had plenty to choose from.

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Vietnamese Inspired Turkey Salad

Vietnamese Turkey Salad - Pikalily Food Blog

We all end up with leftover turkey at Christmas in which its fate is usually a Boxing Day curry. But after eating so much rich food during the Christmas period it’s nice to enjoy something lighter. This salad takes inspiration from a Rick Stein recipe in which he uses Chinese cabbage and Vietnamese mint leaves. This is a really fragrant and refreshing salad, and it is perfect teamed with the crispy, salty pancetta pieces. To add more crunch you could add some chopped peanuts.

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Cream of Curried Parsnip Soup & Smoked Bacon Crumb

Curried Parnsip Soup with Smoked Bacon crumb - Pikalily Food

This soup is the perfect soup for a cold winters day; silky and smooth with a touch of spice.  It’s easy to make and can be ready in less than an hour.  And it tastes even better the next day! With so few ingredients needed, this can be a great way to get rid of any additional parsnips you may have lying around over the festive season.  The smoked bacon crumb is a really tasty and easy to make addition. [Read more…]

Spiced pumpkin and coconut soup

Spiced pumpkin and coconut soup - Pikalily food blog

Continuing with our recent theme of Halloween time recipes, we’ve found another way to use your leftover pumpkins over the coming weeks with this pumpkin soup recipe.  Pumpkin soup is a popular flavour served in many eateries throughout the year but we’ve decided to add a little bit of spice to ours with the addition of ginger and Thai red curry paste.  This soup only takes around 1 hour to prepare and cook, and like all soups is something you can enjoy for a few days whether it is for lunch, dinner or a healthy snack.  Follow our steps below to make it yourself.

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Warm Potato, Pancetta and Spinach Salad

Warm potato and bacon salad - Pikalily Food Blog

This recipe came about due to some left over boiled potatoes and a bag of spinach in fridge. Teaming the spinach and potatoes with crispy pancetta, crunchy black pepper croutons and a balsamic mustard dressing is a winning combo!  Try it out and comment below to let us know what you think.

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Quick and easy garlic pitta bread

Garlic pitta bread recipe - Pikalily food blog

This recipe uses pre-made pitta bread and can be made from start to finish in under 10 minutes.  Garlic bread is a great accompaniment for many dishes and this garlic pitta bread is a great alternative to garlic baguettes that many of us tend to enjoy.  Not only is it a healthier option, but pitta bread is relatively cheap allowing you to create individual slices for friends and family as you dine.  The inspiration for this came from a meal we enjoyed in Coté Restaurant in Brighton, and as we had some pittas that needed used up, this was a quick side to eat with a chicken salad we were preparing.

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Barbecue Glazed Sticky Chicken Thighs

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We recently came across this recipe online at M&S and tried it out at the weekend, one word; delicious!! It’s really easy to make and can be made in around 40 minutes. The glaze creates a lovely sticky coating for the chicken and although the recipe uses chicken thighs, it would work equally well with breasts, wings or drumsticks. You may wish to experiment with other meats as well. The thighs we used were from M&S and were boneless and skinless, making them hassle free.

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Autumn Curried Roasted Parsnip Soup Recipe

Curried Roasted Parsnip Soup - Pikalily Food Blog

While we are still enjoying the mild weather, the shorter evenings and cold nights are a reminder that winter is just around the corner.  With this in mind we will be starting to share more soups, stews and casserole recipes over the coming months.  To kick things off, we thought we’d share one of our favourites – an autumn roasted parsnip soup.  For those of you who enjoy a curry at the weekend, you’ll have to try this out.

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Parma ham and pesto puff pastry tartlet recipe

Parma ham and pesto tartlet - Pikalily Food Blog

This tartlet is a really fresh and flavoursome dish that is perfect for a light lunchtime snack, or can be a great dinner when accompanied with a healthy side salad, and seasoned potato wedges.  Unlike our previous sweet blueberry and lemon mascarpone tart, this is a savoury dish, so you can always experiment with your flavours.  The pastry we used for this was Jus-Rol ready rolled puff pastry.  Follow our steps below to make your own tasty savoury tart.

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Chorizo, pepper and potato Spanish omelette

Chorizo Spanish Omelette - Pikalily Food Blog

We’re both big fans of Spanish cuisine and have enjoyed visits to some of Spain’s culinary hotspots, including the home of tapas, Barcelona, and the home of paella, Valencia.  We often take inspiration from our travels when it comes to making dishes in the house, and with potatoes, eggs, peppers and chorizo sitting in our fridge and cupboard, our minds went back to a Spanish omelette we enjoyed in Valencia, so we have decided to recreate this dish.  Obviously you can use different ingredients to make your very own Spanish omelette, but we both enjoy the flavour of chorizo and would strongly recommend trying it out.

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