Yes, I have been reading the book 50 Shades of Grey. Well, I had to know what all the fuss was about didnt I? It was like there was a big secret that I was missing out on and that just wouldnt do at all.
But really I am not too sure what all the drama is about. Although in saying that, I have been mildly fixated by the books and have read them in record time. Normally I obsess about food 24/7 but this week I have also been thinking rather a lot about sex!!!!
Which got me to thinking about sexy food. Food most certainly can be sexy, and I dont just mean the obvious aphrodisiac foods. (Although who can deny the appeal of a spear of asparagus dipped in warm melted butter .*Mmm*; or a strawberry dipped in melted chocolate ..*Sigh*)
Personally, I think Chorizo is sexy. It ticks all the boxes; its spicy, juicy, and red for goodness sake! Having just returned from a holiday in Spain, I found myself inspired and excited by this hot little sausage and so decided to experiment with it in my kitchen.
First I made an old favourite of mine, Spanish Omelette with Chorizo. I have been making this dish for years and it never fails to please. I love this omelette and I usually find that I have all the ingredients lurking in my cupboard, perfect for days when you need something quick and delicious. I like my omelette chunky and rustic, packed full with higgledy-piggledy sliced potatoes, chunks of sweet, spicy Chorizo and soft roasted red pepper. The combination of flavours is supreme it gets my taste buds going every time! I generally opt for the spiciest Chorizo I can get for this dish, the cured variety works fine. Give this one a try, you will not be left unsatisfied!
Whilst on holiday in Spain recently, my sister-in-law made us a dish one night that was completely remarkable and I immediately quizzed her in order to steal all her secrets! Chorizo with Red Onion & Oranges was a revelation. The ingredients were simply layered into a dish and baked until everything melted together, the juices of the spicy sausage seeping into the onions and oranges. The oranges worked so well with the Chorizo cutting through the oils and spice resulting in an incredible combination. I set about recreating this dish when I got home but due to my current lodgings being without an oven, I made it in my slow cooker. The results were utterly fantastic and I can see this becoming a firm favourite.
As I mention my lack of oven, I have found myself having a mini love affair with my slow cooker of late. I have been experimenting more with it and rediscovering the beauty of just throwing things in and leaving them, only to be rewarded with something mouth wateringly delicious later on. This is how I came up with my Slow Cooked Chorizo & Spinach Pilaf. My theory with a slow cooker is: bung in ingredients that you know work together and you cannot fail .simple. On this occasion, spicy Chorizo, onions, peppers, garlic, chilli, tomatoes, spinach and of course rice. In terms of slow cooking, this is relatively speedy at a mere 3 hours and produces a luscious, soft, oozy rice dish peppered with nuggets of spicy Chorizo. Its soothing food bursting with flavour, a very sexy dish indeed.
Finally, I came up with a little Chorizo, Sweet Potato & Egg Pintxos. When I made these, I didnt think they would make the cut for the blog as they werent much to look at. But when I tasted them, I knew I couldnt leave them out. So scrumptious, the sweet potato working perfectly with the Chorizo and all rounded off with a soft yielding egg on top. These are hot, damn hot. Perhaps they would be better eaten blind fold though!!
So, I hope you have been turned on by Chorizo! It is a wonderful ingredient that certainly gets me going and flicks my inventive switch so to speak! Let me know what foods you find sexy please tell me I am not alone with my food porn! Happy cooking friends .