Have you seen the BBC 2 cookery programme, The Big Family Cooking Showdown? It’s hosted by Nadiya of Bake Off fame and Zoe Ball and sees families sharing their recipes while competing against each other. Honestly, I’d love to live in some of their homes if that’s the kind of food they serve up at tea time! It’s such a fun watch and a must for any foodie, my kids love snuggling on the sofa and watching it with me. I especially love it being centred around familial culture and multigenerational cooking. I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on the big glossy cook book that ties in with the series sharing the recipes and also some exclusive ones from one of the judges, Rosemary Shrager.
There are plenty of easy and repeatable recipes alongside some more complex show stoppers for special family occasions, in short my kind of cookbook. I’m always on the look out for recipes to add to my midweek repertoire so I was keen to get stuck in and try the recipes for myself and put them to the ultimate test with my mini critics.
I’ll hold my hands up and say that Mexican food in it’s various (probably fairly Anglicised) forms is a big hit in our household, and is one of my fail safes that I turn to if I’m stuck for something to make for the family or even for hosting others. Whether it’s a huge pot of chilli or fajitas or even stacked nachos, in our eyes it’s all good. When flicking through The Big Family Cooking Showdown cook book it’s no surprise that I was drawn to a taco recipe, with an interesting twist.
Smoked Chilli Pork Tacos with Apple and Avocado Salsa
I made the base of the sauce in my Nutribullet (fresh coriander, green chilli, smoked paprika, allspice berries, chipotle paste, cider vinegar and lemon zest) and oh boy, it packs a punch!
The vegetables and spices are softened and then the pork mince is added to brown before putting in the paste and passatta.
A very delicious green apple and avocado salsa accompanies the chilli, it’s supposed to have green chillis in too but as this was a meal for the whole family I adapted the recipe and chose to cut those out.
My youngest girl added grated cheese to hers, the recipe recommends Manchego but she prefers cheddar 😉
I added Oatly, an oat based creme fraiche to cool down the chilli for the girls. It’s really scrummy and perfect for vegans or those who like myself and my eldest girl, have a dairy intolerance.
We ran out of tacos (thanks to someone raiding the pack the night before!) so in the end the mister and I ate extra out of bowls topped with the salsa and creme fraiche.
It was absolutely scrummy and a big hit with all of us, it even one around the tiny meat hater of the family so that’s a big win in my eyes! I loved the different textures and how complimentary the flavours all were. If you did want to make this a vegan meal, you could easily just swap out the pork mince for the vegan Quorn mince.
This cook book is full of fantastic family recipes that are perfect for midweek meals and also for entertaining wider family or for special occasions. I’ll definitely be trying out the Falafel Wraps with Home-Made Hummus, Swedish Meatballs with Dill Mash and so many more. It will be another staple family cookbook for my shelf for sure.
Fancy taking a look for yourself and trying out some of the recipes I’ve mentioned? Well, it’s your lucky day because I’ve got two copies to giveaway! Just enter below..
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