Thursday, 31 July 2014

Blue Cheese and Avocado Salad




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Well we have just got back from a few weeks away.....




I'll tell you more about that next week when I've waded through the 3 million photo's I took - I think I've got a disease - cameraitis or something!

Anyway a little hint ....can you guess where we went?



We had a fantastic time but ate rather a lot of cake! so we are now both on a little health kick to recover and therefore salads are featuring rather heavily in our diet.

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Last night I came up with this one it was really tasty so I thought I would share it with you.

As usual no really quantities just work on the theme and add as much or as little as you like.



First grab yourself a large serving plate or dish and arrange some salad leaf - I used a whole head of sweet gem lettuce - it added a good crunch to the salad.


Then scatter chopped avocado over - we used one whole avocado


Followed by a white peach - skin left on because I liked the colour


And then some cubes of blue cheese - we had Stilton in the fridge so that's what I used although any blue cheese would do!


I made up a simple dressing of the juice of one lime; 2 tablespoons of olive oil; a teaspoon of hot chilli sauce; salt & pepper


pour the dressing on and serve

We had ours with some pork chops - that were simply grilled with a little olive oil & seasoning.

Yummy........

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

My Fav Cook Book (IV)


Diana Henry's  - Food from Plenty

This is a lovely cookery book. And one I immediately found loads of recipes I wanted to try.

The photography actually makes your mouth water and I love Diana's way of writing - very approachable and not at all preachy - like some.....

I have tried all these recipes shown below...


and every single one of them was as I expected and well worth making


These potatoes are excellent served with smoked salmon or prawns in dill sauce


This salsa worked with seared steak....


and this take on a panzanella was great with a woodoven baked chicken.....



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sea food Barbecue


I went a bit mad at the fishmongers yesterday day - we wanted a few things for just the two of us to cook on the barbecue.

Well.....

It all looked rather good.....

I came out of the shop with bags of oysters, tiger prawns, Atlantic prawn and tuna stakes...... way more than we could / should eat ...... but being the troopers we are we managed it all....couldn't move afterwards... but never mind!

First off I marinaded the Atlantic prawns & the tuna - making them into skewers.


The prawns were coated in teriaki sauce...


The tuna was cut into cubes and marinated in lemon juice, lemon zest and a little hot chilli sauce....

Both were left to marinade for about an hour before popping onto skewers.

Whilst they were marinading I quickly made a dill dipping sauce....


Simply mix together the juice of one lemon with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, teaspoon olive oil and a good handful of chopped dill.


We started our barbecue off with simple oysters - literally just place them over the hot coals for 3 minutes until the shells open - we perfected this on beach fires where we didn't have any tools to open the shells- all that's needed is a squeeze of lemon!

Perfect....


This was followed by the tiger prawns - again just placed on the barbecue and cooked until pink - for some reason Andrew decided they cooked well lying on their backs!

.............I think they look like they are sunbathing!

                             .............They certainly went the same colour I go when lying in the sun!

These we peeled and ate dipped into the dill sauce.


We finished off our seafood extravaganza with the kebabs - place over the coals a few at a time so they wouldn't all be done at once.....


We then sat back enjoying a little chilled white wine and nibbled on a few olives & rye bread.


Lovely!