It’s Good Friday, the start of family gatherings, reflection and lots of delicious food.
A family recipe given by a lovely friend, Amanda. Traditionally made by her family who are from a beautiful quaint town called Ceriana in the north of Italy. It was my first time this morning trying this recipe, so very simple to prepare and cook and tradition to have on Good Friday. It contains chard, beans and onion; meat- free bite size deliciousness.
Grazie to Amanda and your lovely Mum 💚 e Buona Pasqua
We are nearly half way through the month and let’s be honest, we are all preparing for the Christmas holidays. Preparation is well underway in our household and it’s kicking off with a banger. Starting with this glass of deliciousness; a blood orange sour. Blood oranges are just so so tasty, a beautiful dark red flesh with a sweet but ‘soury’ citrus flavour that is just too good! I’ve doubled the alcohol quantity on this one and believe me, you won’t be disappointed and nor will your guests be over the celebratory period.
100ml Blood Orange Gin ( I used Beefeater Gin)
1 tbsp maple syrup (golden syrup will also work well)
350 ml smooth blood orange juice
Ice … lots of it
Using a jug mix the gin, syrup and blood orange juice together thoroughly.
Take 2 tumbler glasses and a couple of rosemary leaves and rub around the rim of both glasses
Place 3-4 rosemary leaves at the bottom of each glass and fill generously with ice cubes.
Evenly distribute the gin mixture into both glasses. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and serve.
Yes, that’s right guys cauliflower, you read that correctly. A unique combination of ingredients to get you started for the day. A slightly thicker consistency than most smoothies so it can also be used as the base for a breakfast bowl, just add a few more figs or some chopped banana or whatever you fancy really; mix it up as you like. A combination of both sweet, savoury and earthy flavours making this recipe like no other.
1 cup chopped cauliflower
200ml coconut milk
4 soft figs
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 dsp peanut butter
1 dsp golden syrup
8-10 ice cubes
1. Using a blender or food processor blitz all ingredients until smooth. Serve in a glass or alternatively in a bowl if you prefer using the mixture as a breakfast bowl base.
A twist on the Spanish classic; only no tomatoes and a considerably greener looking chilled soup. A real refresher, filled with natural and healthy ingredients. In this recipe I decided to remove any bits in the blending process, however you can leave it the way it is and enjoy the earthier flavours and added texture. Additionally, if you keep the sieved bits in a separate bowl you could either boil up some potatoes or some pasta and use that as your base, mixed with some extra virgin olive oil; this way nothing goes to waste and you get all the nutrients from the ingredients.
1 garlic clove
1 tsp lemon juice
5-6 basil leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
1 spring onion
A handful of curly kale
Extra Virgin olive oil
Put all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
Strain the mixture through a sieve and into a deep bowl or jug.
Leave in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Optional: upon serving drizzle over some extra olive oil and serve.
Firstly, I just wanted to apologise to those who receive e-mail updates of my posts. This morning it certainly seemed like I was extra keen to post this recipe and share it with you all, unfortunately, there was a minor technical glitch and it was released a little earlier than expected.
This weeks recipe really showcases the beauty and importance of using good quality tomatoes. San Marzano tomatoes come from the same family as the plum tomato, I find that these particular tomatoes are slightly sweeter and have a a thicker skin adding extra texture to this dish. Additionally, I have used chicken stock as I personally find that it makes the dish taste more rich and adds a little deepness. However, if you are vegetarian or vegan or just fancy a ‘non meat’ meal do switch it up for an alternative vegetable stock; it will be just as delicious.
300ml chicken stock
7-8 San Marzano tomatoes, cut into eighths
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp tomato puree
Pinch of salt
Ground black pepper
Start by frying the garlic in the oil for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
Add the tomatoes, fry for a couple of minutes, add the tomato puree and fry for a further minute; season with salt and pepper.
Put in the the orzo and fry with the other ingredients for 50-60 seconds.
Pour in the stock, mix again and bring to a gentle boil. Finally, drop the heat to medium- low and leave to simmer for 10-12 minutes, the liquid will have reduced and the orzo is al dente.
Who said that fruit can only be eaten in a sweet setting? The baked peaches in this salad go amazingly well with the salty feta and peppery rocket. An easy lunch or something to bring along to a picnic if you’re in the mood for something different.
4 peaches, stone removed and quartered
120g feta, crumbled
1 handful rocket
70g fennel, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp golden syrup
Preheat the oven to 160 °C (fan), gas mark 4.
Place the peach pieces on a baking tray and place in the oven; bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Using a small bowl, mix the olive oil, golden syrup and season with a pinch of salt and leave to one side.
Then build the salad starting with the rocket, spread the leaves making a green base.
Distribute the fennel evenly along with the feta. Add the peach quarters and drizzle over the syrup dressing and serve.