18 October 2014

Oven Baked Chicken Enchiladas

Have you ever had instant foodspiration from walking in to a shop?

That's exactly what happened to me the other day.

I was minding my own business in town when a bunch of flower pots decided to trip me up right in front of an independent greengrocers. Bloody flowers, I mumbled. I was about to walk buy but the colourful fruit and veg from within were calling my name "Chaaarlotte... Oh Chaaarlotte", not in a creepy Halloween-ie way though.

So I stepped in and was like a kid in a candy store.

"Over here, over here!" the vibrant peppers were calling. "Wanna check out our layers?" said the onion. Then the avocado in his deep Mexican accent sauntered over and said "Chica, I know what-chu wanna do. Take me home and lets have a Mexican fiesta!"

A Mexican fiesta indeed, I thought. A spicy, cheesy, Mexican and delicious one!

To make enough enchiladas for two or 3, depending on how greedy you are feeling you need:

1 onion, sliced

2 peppers (I used 1 red, 1/2 green and 1/2 yellow to make it more colourful)

2 chicken breasts, cut in to strips

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 red chilli

Fajita mixed spices (store bought *GASP*)

1 cup of water

Grated cheese, I used mozzarella but you can use your favourite kind!

These are also a must:

Sour cream


Guacamole (avocado, tomato, lime, salt and coriander)

Fry up the onions, chicken and peppers with some olive oil. Once the chicken is half cooked or white in colour add the can of chopped tomatoes, chilli and Fajita spices and a cup of water. Let it simmer and bring to the boil.

Whilst the chicken chilli Fajita mix is bubbling away, mash up an avocado and tomato with some lime, salt and coriander or try making my proper Guacamole if you extra time!

Line a flour tortilla with some sour cream and grated cheese in a deep dish, place a big dollop of chicken mixture in the middle and roll. 

Fill the dish with as many tortillas you can depending on how much mixture you have. 

Sprinkle some more cheese on top and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes. 

Serve with the guac, salsa and sour cream 
I used to make this with Mum every Saturday during my last year at school. We used to research universities together, make this Mexian lasagne together and snuggle up on the sofa together. 

Not the most beautiful looking dish but a delicious and comforting one!

Loads left over. I told you. Dare you not to eat it!

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3 October 2014

Cloudy Casares

On one of my last few days in Spain I decided to go on an adventure.

We jumped in the car and drove and drove and drove with no fixed destination or route. 

The uncertainty was all part of the fun. 

We drove along the coastal road towards Estepona, taking whichever road took our fancy, high up in to the mountains...

...until we reached Casares. 

We're not in Marbella anymore...

Casares is a little pueblo with cliff-hugging buildings looking over the entire coast, Africa and Gibraltar.

Too bad the weather was so poor.

It was a few degrees colder up here in the mountains, the wind was harsh and cold and we were blinded by a sea of low clouds.

We were in summer dresses. Trying to prolong the Summer as much as we possibly could.

Did I mention it was windy?

Mamma B and I had more than a couple of Marylin Monroe moments in our long floaty skirts.

I was mesmerised by the stunningly green trees that grew here. They looked almost fake, as if a painter had freshly created the green branches with a few swoops of his paintbrush this very morning. 

When our skin was positively covered in goose pimples and the cold breeze got to much we took shelter at a Venta to warm ourselves aaand eat. 
Venta Maricruz was a huuge restaurant with stunning views over the mountains. We were also about the only people in there eating.

A sweet little old man who could hardly hear served us our drinks and a sweet little lady, who must have been his wife, cooked us some grub. 
We shared a Sopa de Picadillo, a mixed salad, croquetas and solomillo de lomo (pork) between us.
And home-made Natillas de Oreo for dessert. Yum!

The place was rustic, old and typically Spanish. 

It's so easy to get caught up in the life on the Costa del Sol. It's face-paced, glamourous, expensive and so full of tourists that you forget what real Spain is like: slow, rustic, empty and full of traditions, like the ferias!
Over dinner my parents retold stories of when they first met and did exactly this. Jump in a car and drive into the country-side with no idea of where they would end up, only stopping when their tummies started grumbling or Mum needed a wee. 

Sounds like a pretty perfect day to me. 

That evening we went for dinner at El Olivo in La Cala. 

I can't say the photos were in tip top condition, because they weren't... But here are the ones that survived. 

We were too busy eating/chatting/drinking to take exquisite photos of the food. 

Oh well. I will just have to come back to El Olivo again for a truly scrumptious dinner. What a tire! It might not be for some time though, as I have moved to England now. 

I also had another milestones this week:

On the 29th September, I had my final presentation for my masters' dissertation, which I was super nervous about, but don't you always find that things are never as bad as you think they are going to be? I ended up with a 95% score (out of 100%) on my diss which I am very proud of!

Then on the 30th September, I moved back to England. On this very day 5 years ago I was starting my chapter at Durham. Flash-forward 5 years and I'm a postgraduate with a masters about to start my career in Marketing back in the UK. 

I'm very excited for what's to come!

Anything new or exciting to look forward to in your life?

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26 September 2014

Daddy's Lentil & Chorizo Soup

Don't underestimate the comforting nostalgia found in food. 

I used to have lentejas, or lentil soup in English, at school but I didn't particularly rave about them back then. Then Daddy made this recipe at home and BANG I was immediately transported back to my 17 year old school-uniform-and-knee-high-socks-wearing days. 

The arrival of Autumn is upon us which means snuggles in front of the fire in our onesies eating a big bowl of hearty soup. It also marks the start of a new chapter in my life. I'm packing up, moving out and starting a new job in England. 

So I'm taking this recipe with me for when I'm missing Spain and I literally can't feel my fingers and my toes and the thought of sun warming my skin seems impossible. 

It might not be the exact same Spanish recipe... but it's Daddy's and it's pretty darn good!

To make enough for four (with leftovers) you'll need:

Olive Oil

1 onion, chopped

1 head of garlic, peeled and crushed

190g  Chorizo sausage, 1 inch slices, you can add as much as you like!

1 & 1/2 mugs of  white wine

250g dried lentils, you can use pre-cooked ones too

2 chicken stock cubes

1 tbsp Pimentón Dulce or sweet paprika

3-4 mugs of boiling water, depending on how thick you want it

Heat up a healthy amount of Olive Oil in a deep pan, stir in your onion and let them simmer until soft. Cook the whole soup on a gentle heat.

Meanwhile, peel and crush a whole bulb of garlic and chop up your chorizo into 1 inch slices, roughly about half the size of your thumb.

Add the crushed garlic and let the onions soak up all the flavours. Add your chorizo sausage and let it cook for a few minutes. Watch how the chorizo stains the onions red.
Add the wine, lentils, sweet paprika and bring to the boil.

When it reaches boiling point add your water. If your soup is getting too thick, because lentils naturally expand, add more water until the lentils cook through and are soft or until it reaches boiling point again.

Alternatively you can use ready-cooked lentils but be warned you must only add these in right at the end, after adding the water because they will go to mush if not!

Pour it in to bowls, jump in to your onesie, wriggle into the sofa and get stuck in.

Aren't you glad Daddy Lentils this recipe?
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17 September 2014

About B

My name is Charlotte. A Spanglish adventurer who loves food, cooking and travelling.

I was born in Málaga, Spain, but my parents are British.
Not only that, one is Welsh and one is English. So can you see I'm a little confused about where I'm from?

I'm a bit of a photography fanatic and needed a creative outlet to store all of my weird and beautiful photos, so I started blogging.

I have since become a little bit addicted to blogging.

I hope you enjoy reading my virtual diary as much as I love writing it and filling all these pages with my stories. 

I'm currently based on the Costa del Sol whilst I study towards my masters, so please feel free to leave me a comment as I would love to hear what you think or if you would like any information about life in Spain, I would love to help!

But as my Mummy says: if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!

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