Spice Up Your Life



With miserable weather showing no signs of letting up, we think it’s time to inject a little heat into the kitchen. Here, food blogger Anyonita picks her favourite spicy recipes from some Foodies100 blogs. Anyonita is an American recipe developer, living in Manchester with her husband and two-year-old son. She blogs at Anyonita Nibbles, where she writes about providing flavourful, family-friendly recipes.


Are you as over winter as I am? If only simply being fed up with the weather was enough to change it! When I’ve had enough of the cold, wet British winter and am too skint to disappear to Tenerife to ride out the freezing temps, I like to head to my kitchen, put on a little Bob Marley and whip up something hot and spicy!

Lots of Foodies100 bloggers have been getting the mercury to rise with all manner of steamy, spicy recipes! I’ve broken down the recipes into starters, mains and desserts to make them easy to navigate. (Psst! The Bob Marley is optional, but highly recommended.)

Spicy Starters

Start your meal with a kick with Tamarind and Thyme’s tempting mini spicy shrimp rolls. They’re made using just a handful of ingredients but they look like they pack a punch of flavour.

Usually, gyoza isn’t spicy. And it mostly comes folded into those little intricate parcels stuffed with fillings. Well, Fuss Free Flavours’ gyoza is different. Her recipe for these spicy gyoza crisps looks exciting and delicious. You’ve got to take a look!

The fluffiness of a good tempura can right a multitude of wrongs. Add in some spicy crab and you’ve got a stunning starter perfect for banishing winter blues. If you’re tempted, check out this spicy crab tempura from Why is There Air. There’s even two sauces to make; that’ll keep you busy when it’s blowing a gale.

Can you ever have too many potato recipes? I don’t think so, and apparently neither does the lass behind the Wholesome Ireland blog with her Spice Crusted Potatoes. These spuds look legit and gold and gleaming and so moreish.

Spicier Mains

Mary had a little (spicy) lamb with Them Apples’ Spicy Lamb Shawarma—even the name has the word warm hidden in it, so you know it’ll do just that: warm you up when it’s cold and icy. Result!

Love a good curry? Don’t want to go into the bracing cold to get one? Make it yourself following The Vegetarian Experience’s South Indian Vegetable Curry recipe. Throw in a bowl of rice and a packet of shop-bought popadoms to complete the meal. Don’t forget the naan!

I’ve got another Asian spicy main for you: Ma Po Tofu from A Glug of Oil. Allow me to translate: basically it’s spicy pork and tofu with chilli oil and spicy bean paste and it looks fabulous.

Spiciest Desserts

Spicy may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to desserts, but if you’ve got the winter blues and need a break from the Nutella, look no further:

I’ve got a crazy addiction to ginger cookies and these Ginger Spice Cookies from Family Friends Food will do nothing to curb that addiction! Just wait until you see them – they’ve got that perfect ginger cookie crinkle top thing going on. Delish.

If there’s snow where you are and you’ve got an afternoon off, I’d recommend whipping up this Thousand Layer Indonesian Spice Cake from Around the World in Eighty Bakes. It looks absolutely stunning, promises to be full of spices and will keep you occupied and out of the cold. Win, win, win.

Ren Behan shared an intriguing recipe for Baked Camembert with Smoked Chilli Honey – a modern take on the cheese course that will warm you up and leave you wanting more.

Spicy Spicy Bonus

Before I go, I just had to point you in the direction of The Chile Foundry – these guys have done all the hard work and found only the greatest spicy condiments available in the UK. Stop by the next time you need a sauce with a spicy kick; you won’t be disappointed!


Thanks so much to Anyonita! We feel warmer already. When she’s not blogging, you can catch her over on Pinterest, Facebook, G+, Twitter and Instagram.

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

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