Masterchef, eat your heart out. You ain't seen nothing yet!

During the long hot summer months here in Andalucia, I’ve been watching the english BBC series, “Masterchef”. I am always surprised by the small amount of food these, “Masterchefs” seem to serve. Coming from a middle England, Yorkshire background in the 1960’s, we always got served meat and 2 veg. Stodge, whether it was mash, chips or tripe and onions, was always slapped heavily on an already bulging plate of food. Funny how we weren’t as obese a race in those days isn’t it?

How times change eh? Now they give us a lot less food, albeit looking wonderful, and charge us more money for it? Good marketing, snob value or pulling the wool over our eyes? The trouble is that we are very gullible for this type of “Nouveaux Cuisine” style food these days.

Anyway, today for the first time ever I tried my own “Nouveaux Cuisine” recipe on my partner, Kiersten. She is a vegetarian, by the way. This was the result:

  • Slowly roasted Andalucian red peppers stuffed with a mixture of rice, homegrown millet, gently sauteed butter mushrooms and locally picked oregano, dribbled with olive oil.

  • Sliced leeks cooked in butter and costed with a light Alpujarra cheese sauce.

  • Steamed carrots served with a smoky barbecue salsa.

  • Peach and Avocado side salad with a mango and chilli salsa.


I like proper food. You cannot change overnight. I never could quite restrict myself to putting just 3 carrots, a teaspoon of leeks and half a red pepper on the plate. Life is for living and good wholesome food is part of that life. Don’t think I will be entering the Masterchef challenges somehow. Nevertheless, it did put a smile on the face of both Kiersten and myself. Might have to have a big plate of egg and chips for supper!

Written by:
Richard Hartley

Richard is an avid blogger and the founder of Spanish Highs Sierra Nevada. He is author of the Cicerone Guidebook Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada