Chicken Stir Fry with Chiles and Yogurt

Not everyone likes chiles. I guess this is not your average stir fry, but it works because the heat is calmed down with the yogurt which makes a good sauce.


  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 chile, deseeded and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 chicken breasts, diced
  • ½ cauliflower, broken up
  • ½ red pepper, sliced
  • ½ yellow pepper, sliced
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 4 courgettes, sliced
  • 4 brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 French green beans
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1Tbsp honey
  • 4 Tbsp almonds
  • 1 Tbsp coriander, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp yogurt
stir fry


  • Make sure the heat is high, and put some sesame oil, chile and garlic in a large pan or wok.
  • Add the chicken and toss.
  • When the chicken is white, take it out and set it aside.
  • Add the cauliflower.
  • Add the other vegetables and fry them for a minute.
  • Add the soy sauce, lemon juice, honey.
  • Add the almonds.
  • If there is not enough sauce, add a few drops of water.
  • Add some coriander.
  • Don't put too much salt in because the soy sauce is quite salty.
  • Serve with a spoonful of yogurt.

Lamb Chops with Mint

This is a good choice if you want something fancy as well as tasty. It's so quick and easy. You don't have to do much to the meat as long as you buy the best quality.


  • 1 handful mint
  • 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 lamb chops
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
lamb chops


  • Grind the mint in a mortar and pestle and add olive oil until you have a runny consistency.
  • Coat the lamb chops with mint oil on both sides and season with sea salt and pepper.
  • Put the chops on a griddle pan preheated over medium-high heat.
  • Grill for about 3-5 minutes on each side depending on the size of the chop.
  • If the chops are really big than you can sear them quickly in the pan for about 1 minute on either side and then put them in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  • They should be golden brown in color with no blood running out.

You can serve these with potato wedges - flavor them with a couple of nice spices and olive oil, and a nice salad of maybe rocket, nectarines and almonds with a little cheese for example.

Serves 6

Sweet and Sour Chicken Kebabs

These are good for a party as finger snacks, but kids love them too. You can also use beef and even put some vegetables in between like peppers and even pineapples making it rustic for more informal occasions.


  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, fileted
  • 4 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • Wooden skewers


  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated

 chicken kebabs

  • Cut the chicken into cubes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together marinade ingredients, sesame oil, ginger and lemon juice.
  • Place the chicken pieces in the marinade.
  • Take out after 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and season.
  • Place chicken on the skewers.
  • Grill the kebabs for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken until it is cooked thoroughly.

This is good served with egg fried rice.

This makes 10 skewers

Chicken Pitas

When I was in Israel, the streets were filled with people wanting to sell you pitas. It was a bit dodgy in the hot sun, but if you are hungry anything goes. Street sellers fill up a pita with slices of meat and salad. I got tired of this after a while so I invented my own recipe.


  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 handfuls rocket lettuce (1 bag)
  • 2 Tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper


  • Cut the tops off of the pita breads to create a pocket.
  • Put some olive oil with the chicken in the pan, toss until it goes white, then take it out again.
  • Add more olive oil to the pan.
  • Next, add the tomatoes.
  • Lastly, add the rocket and almonds.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
  • Take everything out set aside on a plate.
  • When you are ready to serve just fill the pita breads.

Serves 4