Welcome to The Spicy Pear

12 Jul
July 12, 2012 4.4 stars based on 2 reviews

A new and exciting blog where I will be documenting my adventures in food, wine and travel.

If you would like to know more about me, check out my About Me page.

Penne Pasta With Tomato And Basil Sauce

16 Apr
April 16, 2014 4.7 stars based on 11 reviews

Today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy recipe for penne pasta with tomato and basil sauce. As much as I love extravagant dishes, there are times when I crave simple flavours and comfort food.

This pasta dish is very tasty and is ready in under 20 minutes. You can even prepare the sauce the day before, or over the weekend, and store it in the fridge for a quick meal at the end of a busy day. Children love this sauce too. My niece compliments the “special sauce,” as she likes to call it, at least five to six times while happily slurping on her pasta. You can use any pasta you like but for me, it has to be penne as I love how the tubes scoop up the sauce in the middle and burst in your mouth as you crunch into the al dente pasta.

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Indonesian Style Noodles With Crispy Tofu

06 Apr
April 6, 2014 4.1 stars based on 17 reviews

This colourful dish of Indonesian style noodles with crispy tofu is just what is needed on a cold dreary day like today. It is one of those dishes that I have quickly created, using whatever I could find in my kitchen cupboards and fridge…throwing together a bit of this, and a bit of that, to create a very tasty meal. I love the different textures in this dish. The crunchy exterior of the tofu and its melt in your mouth softness in the centre, go well with the crunchy vegetables and the silky soft vermicelli noodles. 

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In My Veg Box: Onions

31 Mar
March 31, 2014 4.7 stars based on 31 reviews

This month, I am guest hosting In My Veg Box, an event run by Nayna Kanabar of Citrus Spice UK. This month’s theme is Onions.

Onions

Onions are a staple in my house and are added in practically every savoury dish that I create. I am amazed at the varieties of onions we have available in the UK, from large brown onions; to deep purply red ones, and soft green spring onions, each adding their own unique flavour to a recipe.

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Soft Dinner Rolls

26 Mar
March 26, 2014 4.8 stars based on 18 reviews

Last Saturday, I had friends over and created a middle eastern themed dinner with minced kofte kebabs and these delicious soft dinner rolls as mini burger buns. The recipe comes from Nigella Lawson and is incredibly easy to make. I replaced poppy seeds for nigella seeds as they are crunchier in texture, and the name is quite fitting don’t you think?

The soft dinner rolls are perfect for the upcoming barbecue season and summer parties. Make them as large or small as you like. The dough freezes well and can be replaced with wholewheat flour, or half and half for a healthier option.

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Bring Your Own Mum Event By Not On The High Street

24 Mar
March 24, 2014 4.4 stars based on 17 reviews

On Thursday I attended a special Mothers Day event organised by online retailer, Not On The High Street. I was among a handful of bloggers selected by Mumsnet to attend their Bring Your Own Mum (BYOM) event.

My mum and I glammed up for the event and headed over to No 5 Cavendish House, a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse near Oxford Circus. We were excited to spend some quality time together in a unique setting. As soon as we arrived, we were whisked away to the private room upstairs, where we were offered champagne and cocktails. The room was beautifully decorated with a range of products available on the Not On The High Street website, including chic looking telephones, handmade bowls and paper flowers.

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