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Drink: Grapefruit Gin & Tonic Slushie

A sip or two of this citrus slushie will start your spring BBQ with a swing. A great twist on the classic gin & tonic, this drink is sharp and refreshing with more buzz than a bumblebee in a sunflower….

gin and tonic slushie

A friend of mine recently posted a picture on Facebook of their first BBQ of the year (yes, I’m looking at you Matt!) and I have to say, much as I love a good BBQ, I have found the weather a little too much on the chilly side to be tempted to the dust off the grill and fire-lighters just yet (and by that, of COURSE I mean, get hubby to dust off the grill and fire-lighters).  That being said, I definitely feel like the season of outside eating is just around the corner, and it’s definitely not too early to start planning that first spring or summer BBQ with friends…or to start taste testing this fabulous Grapefruit Gin and Tonic Slushie to make sure it’s up to scratch.  You’re such a good friend to care so much about getting it just right! 😉

gin and tonic slushie

Apart from the fact that it’s just more pleasant to eat a meal in the garden, the warmth of the sun on your skin, the sound of birds singing in the trees; it also makes entertaining so much easier and somehow less formal.  People can be ushered quickly through the house (before they notice you haven’t hoovered) and out into the garden, where you welcome them with a little drinky…

gin and tonic slushie

Slushie the Campfire Slayer

(I’m sorry.  I had to.  It was just too good).

…Which brings me to the purpose of this post.  Assuming you’re not as brave as my friend Matt and you haven’t yet had your first BBQ of the year then I urge you to include these as an aperitif when you do.. They’re a (ahem) ‘citrus’ twist on an old classic and they’re both refreshing and just alcoholic enough to kick your afternoon or evening off with a pleasant buzz.

Grapefruit Gin and Tonic Slushie

Grapefruit Gin and Tonic Slushie
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 100 ml gin
  2. 300 ml tonic water
  3. Juice of 1/2 a grapefruit
  4. 2 tsp sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix your ingredients in a jug and then pour into a shallow baking tray - I use the disposable foil ones
  2. Pop your tray in the freezer for 2 hours
  3. Now break up the forming ice with a fork and spoon into the glasses of your choice
  4. Grate a bit of grapefruit, lime or lemon zest over and serve with a straw
Notes
  1. For an extra twist, add a splash of elderflower cordial to the glass once you've spooned in the ice.
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 In a party mood?  Then try one of these great drinks too!

Chai Baileys

Sangria

sangria

Chinese Salmon and Crispy Kale

Sweet and salty, crispy seaweed stylee kale and succulent, pink, salmon with just a hint of the orient. A Chinese whisper if you will..

Chinese Salmon & Crispy Kale

I’ve always loved the Crispy Seaweed that you get at the Chinese.  I think it’s the combination of sweet and salty along with that satisfying crunch – plus hey, it’s one of your five a day right? So when  I recently discovered that, for the most part, it isn’t actually seaweed at all, but rather, cabbage or kale, I’ve got to say I felt a bit let down.

Once I got over my initial indignation, I realised that this could actually be a good thing! It meant I could recreate one of my favourite takeaway treats in my very own kitchen (without having to take a trip to the beach first…)

Chinese Salmon Crispy Kale

Now the good thing about this dish (other than the whole ‘no need for waders’ thing above and aside from the fact that it’s bloomin’ tasty) is that it’s unbelievably easy to make. You are no more than 10 minutes away from tucking into a mound of sweet and salty, crispy seaweed stylee kale and succulent, pink, salmon with just a hint of the orient. A Chinese whisper if you will…

Crispy Kale, Chinese Salmon

Chinese Salmon & Crispy Kale
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. For the Crispy Kale
  2. Around 3 handfuls of curly kale
  3. 1/2 tbs olive oil
  4. 1 tsp Maldon salt
  5. 1 heaped tsp brown sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp ground ginger (optional)
  7. For the Salmon
  8. 2 salmon fillets
  9. 1 tbs flour
  10. 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice
  11. 2 salmon fillets
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 C
  2. Pick the leaves off the kale and chop finely
  3. Mix in the oil, salt, sugar and ground ginger so that all the kale is coated
  4. Place the kale on a baking tray so that it's all evenly laid out
  5. Roast in the oven for approx 6 minutes (check so it doesn't burn but it should be, well...crispy, when it comes out!)
  6. Meanwhile, mix the flour and five spice and put it on to a plate
  7. Coat each salmon fillet in the flour mix, shaking off any excess
  8. If you have a George Foreman Grill then place them in the grill and cook for 6 minutes (if not, then heat a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the fillets for around 3 minutes per side.
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 The recipe for Crispy Kale is based on one I found in my trusty Abel & Cole book (nope – this isn’t a sponsored post – but credit where credit’s due right!?)

For the fish, I use my George Foreman grill, thanks to my lovely Mother-in-Law who recently served us some perfectly cooked salmon using her’s and so inspired me to dig mine out of a cupboard and dust it off after months (ok, years…) of neglect.  If you don’t have one, then a frying or griddle pan will do just fine.

Crispy Baked Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

That satisfying crunch, through the crispy, golden breadcrumb coating, into succulent bites of chicken…

This recipe is a slightly more grown-up, much tastier and healthier version of the kids classic, chicken nuggets and chips.  It’s for those days when you yearn for childish food. You want something simple and comforting. Something that can be eaten with your fingers, dipped into your condiment of choice and happily scoffed with guilt-free abandon.

crispy baked chicken nuggets

Pretty perfect as it is, but add the tiniest hint of rosemary and the occasional hit of chilli and suddenly this crispy baked chicken gets even more exciting. Oh, an one more thing.  This is baked chicken so you get all of the crunch but none of the grease!

Fan of Crispy Chicken?  Try this too…

Pesto Breadcrumb Chicken

Crispy baked chicken

Now as you know, I’m certainly not one to be bossy, but if you’re going to go to the trouble of making this rather fabulous crispy chicken, then it seems a shame not to enjoy it with its natural bedfellow, the gorgeously gooey sweet potato fry (or rather, a whole bowl for them if possible).

Crispy baked chicken

Crispy Baked Chicken & Sweet Potato Fries
Serves 4
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For the Crispy Baked Chicken
  1. 40 g plain flour
  2. 1 tsp dried rosemary
  3. 1/2 tsp paprika
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 100 g panko breadcrumbs
  6. 1 tsp chilli flakes
  7. 450 g skinless and boneless chicken thighs
  8. Spray oil (optional)
For the Sweet Potato Fries
  1. 3 sweet potatoes
  2. 1 tsp paprika
  3. 1 tbs olive oil
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 C
  2. Line 3 baking trays with baking paper
  3. Put the flour, paprika and rosemary on a plate and season well with salt and pepper
  4. Whisk the egg in a bowl
  5. Put the panko breadcrumbs and chilli flakes in another bowl and season well
  6. Cut any fat off the chicken and then slice into strips
  7. Take each strip and coat in the flour, shake off the excess and then dip in the egg
  8. Roll each strip in the breadcrumbs and place 2 of the baking trays
  9. If you have some spray oil then give the chicken a spray. This will help it turn golden.
  10. Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them into fries
  11. Add the paprika and oil and mix so they are all coated
  12. Place them on the third baking tray and put them in the oven for 10 minutes
  13. Now turn them over and add the chicken to the oven.
  14. Bake for another 15-20 minutes
  15. Remove when the fries are soft and the chicken crispy on the outside with no pink on the inside.
Notes
  1. I use scissors to cut the chicken into strips - I find it much easier than cutting with a knife
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Autumn Cottage Pie

This Cottage Pie has all the colours and tastes of autumn. A filling of minced beef, squash, herbs and just a heady touch of cinnamon. All with a bronzed crown of cheesey sweet potato…

You know that saying about how dogs start to look like their owners? Well, have you ever noticed that foods often tend to look like the seasons they belong to?

Cottage Pie

Not sure what I’m on about? Stay with me for a second… Think about the foods that you eat in summer. Vibrant, bright colours that match the world around them. Watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes… 

See what I mean? Well in autumn, the season of golds, coppers and orange, the food very kindly obliges again. Butternut squash, sweet potato and pumpkin all reflecting this cold season of warm, burnished colours.

Cottage Pie

This recipe is a celebration of some of my favourite autumn foods.  It’s actually inspired by Delia’s Special Cottage Pie from her Complete Cookery Course but with a few seasonal twists which add a subtle, but oh-so comforting sweetness.

Autumn Cottage Pie
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbs olive oil
  2. 2 leeks, thinly sliced
  3. 300 g butternut squash, diced
  4. 500 g minced beef
  5. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  7. 1 tbs chopped fresh parsley
  8. 300 ml beef stock
  9. 900 g sweet potatoes
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a pan and then add the chopped leeks. Cook them, stirring occasionally until they have softened
  2. Add the diced butternut squash - the cubes should be around 1cm
  3. Now add the mince, cinnamon and herbs and continue to stir occasionally until browned
  4. Add the stock and bring to a simmer, then set aside
  5. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes and then add to a pan of water
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 200 C
  7. Bring the water to the boil and simmer for around 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are soft
  8. Put the sauce into a casserole
  9. Mash the sweet potatoes and add the second tbs of olive oil then add them to the top of the sauce and spread them out to cover it all
  10. Bake in the oven for 25 mins
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Recipe: Smoked Haddock Quiche

Smoked Haddock Quiche. A flaky, buttery crust packed with creamy smoked haddock, cubes of potato, caramelised onion and a fresh, clean hit of parsley.  

This isn’t a recipe to attempt after work when the evening is rushed and full of chores to complete.  Make this instead on those luxuriously relaxed weekends where you can afford to spend some equally luxuriously relaxed time in the kitchen.

smoked haddock quiche

I recommend some music (Michael Bublé is my personal favourite for this sort of activity), a mug of tea or coffee (to be substituted with a glass of wine if it’s past midday) and a couple of hours of blissfully free time to spend happily slicing, rolling and whisking…

smoked haddock quiche

The result? This golden, autumnal beauty! A flaky, buttery crust packed with creamy smoked haddock, cubes of potato, caramelised onion and a fresh, clean hit of parsley.  The recipe is for 6-8 people because if you’re going to put all that effort in, then you may as well make something which will serve a crowd or last for a couple of sittings!

If you love smoked haddock, then why not try my Smoked Haddock & Prawn Chowder too?

smoked haddock quiche

Smoked Haddock Quiche
Serves 6
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For the pastry
  1. 9 oz plain flour
  2. 7 oz butter
  3. 1 egg
  4. 2 tbs cold water
For the filling
  1. 3 red onions
  2. 1 tbs light brown sugar
  3. 200 g new potatoes
  4. 300 smoked haddock, thinly sliced
  5. 300 double cream
  6. 2 eggs and 1 yolk
  7. 100 g mature Cheddar cheese
  8. 3 tbs fresh chopped parsley
  9. 2 tbs horseradish sauce
Instructions
  1. Blitz the flour and butter together in a food processor until it is the texture of breadcrumbs
  2. Add the egg and water and blitz again until it has formed into a ball of pastry
  3. Flour a clean surface and then roll the pastry into a circle that is large enough to line a 28cm/11 inch loose bottomed flan tin and leave a small overhang over the top of it
  4. Line the tin with the pastry and prick the bottom all over with a fork
  5. Place the tin in the fridge so the pastry can chill for 20 minutes
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C (fan)
  7. Finely slice the onions into half moons
  8. Heat the oil and 1/2 oz butter in a large saucepan
  9. Add the onions and sugar to the pan and fry for about 20 minutes until soft and caramelised
  10. Leave them to cool
  11. Place the new potatoes in a small pan of cold water and place on a high heat for 15 minutes
  12. Once done, drain the potatoes run in cold water. Once cool enough to handle, chop the potatoes into small cubes of around 1 cm
  13. Meanwhile, take the chilled pastry out of the fridge and line it with baking paper and baking beans
  14. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the baking paper and beans and return it to the oven for a further 5 minutes
  15. Gently whisk together the double cream, eggs and the yolk, add the chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper
  16. Now put the horseradish sauce on the bottom of the pastry case and spread it around with the back of a spoon
  17. Add the onions and spread out to cover the base
  18. Now add the sliced smoked haddock and cubes of potato
  19. Finally, pour over the cream, cheese and egg mixture and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes
Notes
  1. My hubby, not such an onion fan as I, suggested that 2 onions would have been enough. For me, 3 was perfect, but you must choose which would be best for you.
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 Serve as a light lunch for friends, still warm and accompanied by a pile of sweetcorn, slicked in butter. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, then scoff cold the next day (or later the same day…) with a simple dressed salad.

Recipe: Apple & Blackberry Cheesecake

A crumbly biscuit base, cushions of soft cinnamon cream topped with a gleaming crown of autumn fruits…

I am SO happy about this recipe.  It’s perfect if you love the autumnal combo of apple and blackberry but you’re looking for a change from the usual crumbles and pies.

Cheesecake Nostalgia 

Cheesecake is one of those desserts that’s an ultimate treat for me. Growing up, we rarely had pudding but occasionally, Mum would thrill us by disappearing into the kitchen as we cleared our plates and returning with a gleam in her eye and a cheesecake in her arms.  Heaven! 

apple & blackberry cheesecake

One day, she and I came up with a cheats version which delighted us with its simplicity.  Weekend lunches often consisted of cheese and biscuits and one magical day, it occurred to one of us (I forget who) that by spreading some cream cheese on to a digestive biscuit and then topping with strawberry jam, we could create an almost perfect (in our eyes) cheesecake. We weren’t put off by a lack of cream cheese either and just replaced it with a slice of Cheddar. It was just as good – honestly!

apple & blackberry cheesecake

Memories of Crumble

Crumbles were another family favourite, whether it be apple, blackberry, rhubarb or whatever else could be gleaned from the garden.  Now, crumbles remind me of those autumnal weekend afternoons.  Returning from a woodland walk  to look for Mum’s favourite mushrooms (Shaggy Caps), she would fry them up and serve them all gleaming with butter, on toast. Then we would settle down cosily to our own pursuits, each with a bowl of steaming hot crumble, drizzled with chilled single cream. Fire on, Dad would be watching the rugby, Mum and I playing cards and my younger brother rushing around with a towel strapped to his back and a plastic ice cream carton on his head, pretending to be Superted.

apple & blackberry cheesecake

This recipe for Apple & Blackberry Cheesecake is a combination of both of those childhood favourites and each mouthful tastes of simple comfort, happiness and home.

Apple & Blackberry Cheesecake
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. The base
  2. 150 g digestive biscuits
  3. 75 g unsalted butter, melted
  4. 50 g demarera sugar
  5. The cream filling
  6. 600 g cream cheese
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  9. 250 ml double cream
  10. The fruit
  11. 2 apples
  12. 1 tbs water
  13. 75 g caster sugar
  14. 150 g blackberries
Instructions
  1. Line the bottom of a 23 cm loose bottomed cake tin with greaseproof paper
  2. Place the digestive biscuits in a bag and bash them until they're crumbled to the consistency of rough breadcrumbs
  3. Mix in a bowl with the melted butter and sugar and then put it in the cake tin and pat it down so the surface is level
  4. Chill in the fridge for an hour
  5. Meanwhile, peel and core your apples and chop into small chunks (approx an inch squared)
  6. Add them to a small pan with the water and sugar and heat with the lid on for 15-20 minutes until softened
  7. Add the blackberries and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes
  8. Leave to cool
  9. Mix the cream cheese, vanilla extract and cinnamon together in a bowl
  10. Whisk the cream until it has thickened but isn't too stiff and then mix it together with the cream cheese until it's all smooth
  11. Put your cream cheese filling on to your biscuit base in the cake tin.
  12. Use a spatula to smooth it all out and then put in the fridge for at least 3 hours
  13. Once set, carefully easy the cheesecake out of the tin
  14. By now your fruit will be cooled and syrupy - pour it on top of your cheesecake and chill until ready to serve
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Sun Dried Tomato & Black Olive Crusted Lamb Chops

A golden breadcrumb coating, flecked with black olive and sun dried tomato, crunching through to lamb, cooked to just pink perfection…

Black Olive & Sun Dried Tomato Crusted Lamb Chops

Lamb; at its most flavourful after feasting on the lush grass of summer. Just pink, like rosy cheeks, coming back from the park on cool Saturday mornings as August fades to Autumn.

Sun Dried Tomato; Summer’s ripeness now gone, but its sweetness still preserved and with it, a last echo of sunshine

Black Olive & Sun Dried Tomato Crusted Lamb Chops

Black Olives; bringing a taste of Mediterranean warmth, the last hints of a summer now past, but whose dark earthiness also bring to mind those clear crisp September walks in the woods. Not cold enough for a big coat yet, but you wish you’d worn a thicker jumper.

Breadcrumbs; fried till golden and crisp. Each bite, a crunch of freshly fallen autumn leaves.

Black Olive & Sun Dried Tomato Crusted Lamb Chops

See? The coming of Autumn doesn’t have to be so bad. Still don’t believe me? Gobble up a plateful of these and you’ll feel better – I promise.

Sun Dried Tomato & Black Olive Crusted Lamb Chops
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 4 lamb chops
  2. 100 g bread or ready-made bread crumbs (I use panko)
  3. 1 tbs black olives
  4. 1 tbs sun dried tomatoes
  5. 1 clove garlic
  6. Zest of 1 lemon
  7. 1 egg, beaten
  8. Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place your bread or breadcrumbs into a food processor along with the olives, tomatoes, garlic and lemon zest.
  2. Blitz until everything is the consistency of bread crumbs and then tip out into a large, flat dish
  3. Pour enough oil into a large frying pan so that it is about 1/2 cm deep
  4. Heat the oil
  5. Now take each lamb chop and first dip it into the beaten egg, shaking off the excess, then put into the breadcrumb dish, making sure it is covered.
  6. Once all of the chops have been crumbed, you can add them to your hot oil.
  7. Fry for around 4 minutes on each side until they are crisp and golden
Notes
  1. Make sure the oil is really hot before you start or your breadcrumb coating won't crisp up properly
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 Love lamb? Try these Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks or Spicy Mint Lamb Kebabs

Simple Summer Gazpacho

Tomatoes, full of flavour, form the base of this fresh, light, chilled Gazpacho. Each sip will cool, calm and nourish you…

You know those days when it’s oppressively hot and you just don’t feel like eating much?  To be honest, living in the UK, I’m not that familiar with them, but if there’s a nation who totally gets it, it’s the Spanish. Their solution is both simple and delicious…

Simple Summer Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a chilled soup which is both light and fresh and can be whizzed up in flash – because let’s face it, the last thing you want to be doing is slaving in the kitchen when you could be relaxing and sipping something cool under the shade of a tree.

Like soups?

Here are a couple more for you to try…

Carrot & Mint Soup

Winter Vegetable Soup

Jamie’s Tomato Soup

Simple Summer Gazpacho

If you’re a fan of shows like Masterchef, then you’ll know that one of the latest foodie trends is to ‘de-construct’ classic dishes.  You know the kind of thing I mean – Apple crumble becomes a pile of biscuit crumbs, a smear of apple purée and a vanilla ice cream foam.  To de-construct Gazpacho, would be to serve a simple, dressed salad, so you see what a truly virtuous little soup it is!

So get out your blender and your fresh, seasonal veg and enjoy this beautiful, soup.  It’s so full of goodness that you just can’t help feel better for it.

Simple Summer Gazpacho

Simple Summer Gazpacho
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 3 large ripe tomatoes
  2. 1 spring onion
  3. 1/3 cucumber
  4. 1/2 green pepper
  5. 1 clove garlic
  6. 200 ml water
  7. 1 slice bread
  8. 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  9. 1 tbs white wine vinegar
  10. seasoning
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop all of the vegetables and add them to the blender with half of the water
  2. Blitz until smooth and then tear up the bread and add this too
  3. Drizzle in the oil and then the vinegar
  4. Add more water to get the consistency you want
  5. Season and chill in the fridge
Notes
  1. This will serve 2 as a light lunch or more as a little starter. If you have a lot of guests, then why not serve in shot glasses to add a bit of fun to proceedings!
  2. I add ice cubes to serve, but other toppings you could try include, hard boiled egg, black olives, melon or chopped tomatoes
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Recipe: Crayfish Cocktail in a Jar

Sweet, succulent crayfish & creamy avocado, served on a bed of crisp, fresh lettuce with a light, zingy herb dressing…

We’re going a little bit retro today – but (as all the cool kids say), with a modern twist…

crayfish cocktail

Do you have a go-to meal that you ALWAYS chose when you went out for a meal as a kid? For me, it was prawn cocktail starter, followed by scampi and chips and then some form of ice cream.

(PS. If anyone can name the 1980’s frozen ice cream loaf thing that people bought for special occasions then I will love you for ever – I’ve been trying to think of it for ages and am having a mental block..)

crayfish salad

Anyhoo, this recipe is a little bit inspired by ye olde prawn cocktail, but using crayfish because, well, it’s in season now y’all! Plus I’ve switched out the Marie Rose (much as I love a good Marie Rose), for something a little lighter and fresher.

(PS. When I was little, I wrote a poem about the Mary Rose which began:

‘The Mary Rose was a fine, fine ship,

the heart of Henry’s navy,

if you had told him she was going to sink,

he would have said you were crazy!’

As you can see, I was destined to write…)

crayfish cocktail

This little beaut works as a starter or a light lunch and if you don’t have any crayfish to hand, then it will work just as well with prawns, crab or even chicken.

It is super summery and light. The crayfish are all sweet and perfect at this time of year. The lettuce adds crunch and bite, the avocado adds mellow creaminess and the dressing is fresh, zingy and finishes it off perfectly. Go on – give it a go – you’re gonna want that dressing on everything!

herb dressing

Oh – and I’ve put the crayfish cocktails in jars – that way you can pack them up and take them for lunch to work. Ingenious, no?

crayfish cocktail

Crayfish Cocktail in a Jar

Serves 2 as a light lunch (or 4 as a starter – using smaller jars!)

You will need:

2 x 500 ml jars (optional!)

Approx. 1/4 Cos lettuce (or any other crisp lettuce – eg. iceberg or little gem)

1 avocado

140 g prepared crayfish

For the dressing:

200 ml Greek yoghurt

1 handful of basil leaves

1 handful of mint leaves

1 anchovy fillet (from a jar)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbs cider vinegar

Seasoning

  • Blitz all the dressing ingredients in a blender (you will probably end up with more than you need, but it makes a great dip or dressing for a green salad)
  • Fill your jars about halfway with chopped lettuce and then add the sliced avocado
  • Add a spoonful of dressing and some crayfish in layers until you’re out of crayfish – NB – if you’re putting these in jars to take to work, add the dressing and crayfish FIRST with the salad on top (you will also want to put some lemon juice on the avocado to stop it browning if you’re not going to eat it straight away)
  • Just in case you were wondering – this recipe DOES work as well on plates or in bowls 😉

crayfish salad

Fig & Goat’s Cheese Crostini with a Honey, Orange & Basil Dressing

Crisp toasts, topped with creamy goats cheese, sweet, soft figs and a delicate honey, orange and basil dressing…

You know those meals that are are really special? The ones you spend hours preparing but it’s totally worth it because they’re such a treat?

Well this isn’t one of those.

fig and goats cheese crostini

Instead, do you know those dishes which can be whipped up in a flash but when presented to your eager diners, will be met with ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaaahs’ and ‘how lovelys!’ The reason being that sometimes the food just speaks for itself.  Sometimes, beautiful, fresh and perhaps unusual ingredients can make a dish just as special (if not more so), without the need for endless toiling.

Happy days dear readers! This recipe, is one of those.

fig and goats cheese crostini

Fig & Goat’s Cheese Crostini with a Honey, Orange & Basil Dressing

Makes 18

You will need:

50 ml extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1/2 orange

1 tbs runny honey

1 tbs chopped fresh basil

1 stale small baguette, thinly sliced along the diagonal (approx 1/2 cm thick)

1 x 120 g soft, round goats cheese

3 small figs, finely sliced lengthways (you should get about 6 slices per fig)

fig and goats cheese crostini

  •  Mix together the oil, orange juice, honey and chopped basil and then season.
  • Now heat up a griddle pan and then paint both sides of each of your bread slices with the dressing
  • Toast them on the griddle pan until golden on each side (a couple of mins per side)
  • Now remove to a plate and put a small bit of goats cheese on each, finally topping with a slice of fig
  • Lastly, drizzle over more of the dressing and season to taste
  • Easy-peasy! Think you’ve got time for a sneaky G&T before your guests arrive…

 

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