Chilli and chocolate – a heaven sent pairing with a gorgeous Mexican turkey mole…

Mexican food always has been and always will be something I love to eat. Seriously, I’m like a dog who doesn’t realise he’s had too much to eat and just…keeps…going.

Self control? Meh. Portion control? Pshhh.

I just completely adore it. I love the spices, the flavours, the fact that so much of it can be eaten al fresco and casually with your hands and the idea of topping everything with guacamole, re-fried beans, sour cream and cheese just speaks to my very soul. Shocking I know.

Mole poblano is a traditional Mexican dish which offers a decadently dark, chocolate chilli flavoured sauce over turkey and it’s exact origins are often debated through two legends…

…the first says that nuns from Puebla de los Angeles were panicked when they learnt that a visiting Archbishop would be coming to their convent. Their desperate prayers for help were answered by an angel who inspired them to combine chillies, spices and chocolate among other ingredients and to boil and reduce the result down until it became the thick, dark, rich product that we recognise now. Serving it with turkey, the only meat available to them, you’ll be happy to hear that the Archbishop loved it and the nuns were much praised for it.

The second legend says that the Aztec King Moctezuma served mole at a banquet to honour the conquistadors that he thought of as gods but whatever its origins, I think we should just send a general ‘gracias’ out there into the ether and honour both the nuns and the king by enjoying this dish not just on special occasions as in Mexican tradition, but whenever we can.

Truly authentic mole poblano has a list of ingredients a mile long so I’m not even going to pretend for one insulting minute that this version of it was slaved over. In actual fact, it was made with ingredients easily found in your local supermarket but don’t let that put you off because honestly, it’s really a delicious and different way of enjoying Mexican cuisine.

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Sampling a summer of flavour one diced, shredded or sliced grill dish at a time…

Percy Pigs.

Melt-in-the-middle chocolate puddings.

Handcooked crisps.

Fish and chip pies.

Everyone has a favourite food from M&S. You might not love their clothes, you might not like their ranges, you might never have set foot into the general shopping areas but I’d be amazed if you couldn’t find anything in the Foodhall that made your eyes widen and your tummy rumble.

Earlier this year, M&S introduced its new Summer of Flavour range to their devoted customer base, to the demanding foodies both on and offline and to the general public across the streets of the UK. Taking inspiration for this collection from food markets, bars, stalls and restaurants across the globe, it promised to bring inventive, creative, fabulous flavours to life on your plate, your BBQ or even, as we are British, your grill.

So how was it? Does it live up to that? Could you choose any of the range, throw it on the grill and impress both yourself and your friends?

Grab your napkins and let’s find out… Read More

Losing friends of the feathered and fishy kind at a Poultry and Fish Knife Skills Class…

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Knife Skills class #2 rolls around and off I trot, all fingers present and correct, to learn how to debone a chicken and fillet flat and round fish. Not gonna lie when I say I was a tad more nervous about this class compared to the last, not because I was worried about losing a digit but rather because there’s a lot more skill required in taking apart an actual animal as opposed to a vegetable. You don’t tend to get much resistance from carrots… Read More