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You may have already seen our Spicy Valentines Wings & Whiskey Feast and here are two more recipes for you! They are both super easy but very impressive and tasty so whether you are cooking for your girlfriend / boyfriend or just some pals you will be scoring some massive brownie points!
One of my favourite things to snack on ever since Jette Virdi made these for us! They are sweet and spicy and have all these amazing nutty flavours, very addictive. The best thing, they are super simple to make - the only thing you need to watch out for is the caramel, it is VERY hot so do not be tempted to stick your finger into the pan to taste!
250g sugar approx. 500g mixed nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts... anything you like!) 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes 1 teaspoon chili flakes (adjust the spice to your taste)
Prepare a baking try and line it with baking parchment. Heat your sugar gently until it melts and then wait until it becomes all golden and starts smelling really delicious (about 5 min). Now you need to work fast. Add the nuts to the caramel, sprinkle over the salt & chili flakes and stir well so that the nuts are well coated. Try to be quick here, the nuts will decrease the temperature of the sugar and it will start setting. Once you're happy with the mixture tip the contents of the pan out onto your baking tray and spread out the nuts. Now all you need to do is wait for the caramel to cool & set and then break it up into bite-sized pieces.
The nuts make a fantastic gift, just put some in a cute bag or box.
Spicy Chocolate Bark
Next up is a beautiful spicy chocolate bark. This is literally a foolproof recipe but the effect is very beautiful, so brilliant if you are not great in the kitchen but want to impress!
100g best quality dark chocolate approx. 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes approx. 1 teaspoon chili flakes
Start by laying some baking parchment on a baking tray and melting your chocolate over a water bath (which is essentially a saucepan with a little bit of boiling water and a heatproof bowl sitting on top). As soon as the chocolate pieces start to melt switch of the heat and wait until the chocolate melts completely. This way you don't risk burning the chocolate!
When your chocolate is all melted and silky pour it out onto your baking tray and smooth over with a spoon. Sprinkle over the salt and chili flakes. Now all there is to do is wait until the chocolate sets. Once your bark has hardened you can break it up into bite-sized shards with your fingers and dig in!
So whether it's Valentines Day, an evening with friends or you need bring some nibbles to the office here are two amazing options. If you haven't seen it check out Jette's recipe for spicy chicken wings and an amazing Teeling Whiskey cocktail here.
Make sure you enter our giveaway! You can win a bottle of Teelings Small Bathch Whiskey & some of the spicy goodies made by Jette.
A & B. xx
Both Becky and I love going out but we equally (if not more) love entertaining. I used to have a bit of a problem with this. I love having friends over, throwing parties and feeding people in general. But I used to have myself stressed and tired with preparations to the point that I couldn't actually enjoy the party or dinner itself.
Some time ago we got the opportunity to do a photo and video shoot with some amazing pieces from the Sophie Conran range. Sophie is a interior designer, author and cook and has developed an absolutely beautiful range of dinnerware, glassware, cutlery, etc. We thought that this will be the perfect opportunity to introduce some beautiful and interesting lifestyle content on the blog.
Without further ado, here is our first video, a very easy Panzanella Salad (Italian bread and tomato salad). It is fresh, delicious and very easy to prepare. Perfect for lunch, a light dinner and a staple in my entertaining repertoire.
The Recipe 200g crusty bread (my favourite is sourdough - stale or fresh) 600g ripe tomatoes (use a mix for the colourful effect) 1 small red onion 1 clove of garlic a handful of basil sea salt freshly ground pepperextra virgin olive oil balsamic or red wine vinegar
Tear or cut the bread into large bite-sized pieces, place in a large bowl. Roughly cut up the tomatoes and add to the bread. Thinly slice the red onion, finely chop the garlic and add to the bowl. Tear up the basil leaves, add olive oil and vinegar to taste and season with salt and pepper. Toss the mixture together with your hands and give it another taste. Add more oil, vinegar, salt or pepper if needed. Transfer to a pretty serving plate and tear some more basil leaves over the top for decoration and give it a final drizzle of oil. Done!
We love serving this super tasty salad with barbeque or just on it's own for a girly lunch with a glass of prosecco.
What is your favourite easy entertaining dish?
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