Chorizo, Garlic and Chillies Scones

It was so windy, cold and rainny outside and there was no way I would go to the supermarket. So I started seeing what foods I had in the house. Nothing fresh so I decided to use up the piece of chorizo I had.
I looked around and found flour and had the idea of making those. An experiment that I swear was the best improvisation on my menu, so far.

You will wow yourself and your guests with this easy and quick recipe.

Read it before you start cooking this please.

You will need:

125g self raising flour
55g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of baking powder
enough milk to bind the flour together but not soak it
15 cm of chorizo cut in 1cm cubes
4 cloves of chopped garlic {I used my pestle and mortar and did not take skins off}
1 tablespoon of thai chillies {also a mortar job and you can use as much as you want}
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
salt /pepper
1 mixed egg for brushing the scones

Preheat the oven at 180 Celsius.

Sauté the chorizo until it releases the oil but do not crisp it up and add your garlic and chillies letting it become very aromatic and turn it off as you do not want to overcook the garlic, just release the flavours. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, cooling.

In a bowl, mix the flour, butter and baking powder until all mixed like a crumble mix. Add the chorizo mix, now a little cooler, the parsley, a wee pinch of salt and pepper.
Mix a little and add your milk, a little at the time.
Remember that you will not over mix this or else it will become chewy. So you just want to bind it all together.

Flour a surface and pour mix on top of flour. Form a dough and cut in 6 about 2 cm high each.

Spread butter on a tray and place the scones slightly away from each other. Brush with egg mixture and bake for 12/15 minutes until golden on top.

Best eaten Hot/Warm!!!

Please let me know how it goes ! Have fun !!!

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Thai Clams

The easiest way to make me feel happy is to eat foods that I ate when I was living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Yesterday I visited an Asian supermarket and bought all the ingredients.
This recipe has no quantities as you need to up on the herbs and spices you like and use less of the ones you don't like so much.

You can substitute the clams for any other seafood you like or even use another type of protein or even a vegetable, just watch for cooking times as you do not want to overcook it.

It is delicious and this is how you make it:

Bash some lemongrass, fresh turmeric, fresh chillies, garlic, galangal or ginger in a pestle and mortar until they release their aromas.
Heat some oil on a pan or wok, if you have one and add the aromatics you just bashed. Stir fry them for about 30 seconds or until your kitchen smells like Nirvana.
Add the washed clams and mix. Add fish sauce and add 1/4 cup of water or stock. Mix everything and when it boils fiercely put the lid on it for about 4 minutes or until the clams open up. Please discard the ones that did not open up properly.
Squeeze a tiny bit of lime juice and stir.
Turn the heat off and add some chillies and freshly chopped coriander.
Serve hot and enjoy!
It is a treat!
Please, let me know how it goes!