Charred Asparagus with Caper Dressing
One of the best things about food is the pure excitement when vegetables and fruit appear at the correct season. None of this imported or forced stuff, thank you very much! YAY, asparagus season is here.
Very simple: Break the woody ends off the asparagus, shave the stems if you must, then blanch in boiling salted water for about 4 mins. Remove instantly from the water. This leaves them al dente.
Hard boil and egg or two and finely mash.
The dressing: 2 parts oil to one ...
Smooth Chicken Liver Pate
No, I don't really enjoy chopping liver either (I can hear you saying "yuck liver"!) but believe me this is so much better than shop bought. I never make a huge quantity, unless it's part of a buffet spread, as it keeps for no more than 3 days.
Remove any fat and sinew fibres from the chicken liver.
Sauté a finely diced small onion in 80g of butter until softened. Add 300g chopped chicken liver and a crushed clove of galic. Sauté until browned and cooked through. Add a tblsp of ...
As with most things I post, the seasonings and added bits can be changed to suit whatever you fancy. I don't think I ever truly make anything exactly as the last time. Actually before starting this blog I could never remember what I'd done before...
Into 500g of minced chicken breast I've added 1 very finely chopped spring onion, half a very finely diced red onion and a clove of grated garlic. Then sweet paprika powder, dried oregano and a little salt and black pepper.
Charred Sweet Potato, Spring Onion & Feta salad
Good side to the chicken burgers we are having tonight.
Simply peel and thickly slice a sweet potato, simmer in salted water until al dente. Chunk a few thick spring onions and blanch for a couple of minutes.
Char both in a griddle pan. Arrange on a dish and crumble feta cheese over.
Dress with a basic vinegarette. Measurements are 1 part oil to 1/2 part vinegar. So it's just olive oil, cider vinegar, whole grain mustard, a little salt and pepper and a dash of honey or ...
Herby Vegetable Couscous
For a grain free version just whizz cauliflower florets until they resemble grains then sauté and season.
Packed with herbs and vegetables, this is such a good side dish for any grilled foods.
Roasted vegetables: Chunk an onion, separate cauliflower florets, add a few spring onions including the thicker green stems as well as some wedges of radicchio (Italian chicory). Or use normal chicory, it's the slight bitterness you're looking for.
Toss the vegetables in a little oil and seasoning. I ...
Just a few ingredients poured over the chicken and left happily in the fridge for a few hours before grilling. I chose to cut the huge chicken breast into 4 pieces but there's no reason why it couldn't be turned into kebabs or maybe the base for a stir fry?
Simply combine some grated garlic and ginger. A couple of tblsp of ketjap manis (Indonesian soy sauce) or soy sauce and honey. Add freshly chopped chilli to taste, ground black pepper and a glug of vegetable oil.
Add the ...
Potato, Butternut squash and Spinach cakes
Having cleaned my, ahem, well seasoned oven this morning I needed an experiment and am rather chuffed with the result.
To make 4 decent sized ones I used:
2 medium sized potatoes, (use sweet potato by all means) peeled and cubed. Half a small butternut squash, likewise peeled and cubed. Simmer these together until softened but still al dente.
Sauté a small finely diced white and red onion in a little butter. Throw in a couple of handfuls of chopped raw spinach and ...
Sweet Potato Frittata
Sweet potatoes, red onions, bacon and tangy Parmesan cheese. Smells amazing and was all done in the same pan!
Simple as anything. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Simply peel and cube the sweet potatoes (use normal if you prefer) and par boil until slightly softened.
Gently fry sliced red onions and bacon until coloured. Add spinach and sauté until wilted.
Whisk 6 eggs, season and add a generous handful of grated Parmesan cheese. Pour over the ...
Southern Style Baked Chicken
Having lusted over making this for ages I stalked the internet greedily reading lots of recipes before coming up with this. I'm very happy with the result, truly drool worthy, but next time I'd suggest dipping in melted butter then in the coating twice to get a good covering that (hopefully) won't fall off in parts.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy! That's my poor pun at making the buttermilk to soak the chicken in overnight. If you can buy buttermilk go for it. Here we can't so into a bowl goes ...
Blue Cheese Burgers
Yay, summer is coming! Well it feels that way here in Sicily. Nights are brighter, food becomes lighter and these burgers were delicious.
Ratio of cheese to minced meat? I used about 25 grams to 100 grams of meat.
Basic recipe for 2 hungry people was: 400 grams minced beef; 100 grams blue cheese (I used Gorgonzola); a handful of finely chopped spring onion tops (or use chives); a dash of hot sauce; a tsp of mustard; a dash of Lea & Perrins; black pepper. Squidge it all together ...