Caribbean-inspired chicken skewers and mango salsa

Caribbean-inspired chicken skewers and mango salsa

Lazy weekend with the barbecue going? Yes please! But even if the sun isn’t shining, these zingy chicken skewers with fresh mango salsa will bring summer to your plate.

Serves 4

4 chicken breasts
1 tbsp jerk seasoning
2 tbsp olive oil
1lime, juice
1 yellow pepper
1/4 pineapple
1-2 courgettes
8 skewers

1 mango
1 red pepper
4 spring onions
1/2 red chilli (or 1 tsp chilli flakes)
Bunch coriander


Cut the chicken into cubes and place it in a bowl with the jerk seasoning, olive oil and lime juice. Mix thoroughly, then leave to marinade in the fridge for a few hours.

Meanwhile, make the salsa. Dice the mango and red pepper, and finely slice the spring onions and chilli (if using). Stir together in a bowl and top with the finely chopped coriander.

Slice the courgette, pepper and pineapple into cubes. Thread the chicken and vegetables onto the skewers then cook them under the grill or over the barbecue for at least 8 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve in flatbreads or pittas. Enjoy!



Zig a zig Zar…zuela

Zig a zig Zar…zuela

“Traditional Cake Since 1968” or so says the logo of Zarzuela bakery in Lison, Portugal. But this is no ordinary place of pastries and breads. Zarzuela is an allergy friendly cafe and deli counter, selling gluten free and lactose free goods. In fact, the entire menu, covering breakfast through to early evening, can be served gluten free.


I have a gluten intolerance, so finding an eatery where not only are my dietary requirements understood but fully catered for is near impossible. Especially in a foreign country where my knowledge of the lingo is (embarrassingly) minimal to nothing.


I found mention of Zarzuela online while doing research on GF restaurants and cafes before flying out. We hot-footed over on our second day and ended up visiting three times and taking away a few cheeky treats each time. Being able to walk into a BAKERY and take my pick of ANYTHING was INCREDIBLE. I can’t overstate how utterly wonderful it was to have that sense of freedom when choosing what to eat while outside of my own home. It’s been three and a half years since I’ve been able to do that.

The menu has breakfasts, snacks, sandwiches, chips, pizzas, burgers, and a huge range of sweet dishes including waffles, doughnuts, ice cream and traditional Portugese custard tarts. Everything I sampled was delicious, homemade and high quality – including the best Sangria we had all week. Pure gluten free heaven.