Thursday, 21 August 2014

Basil Lime and Lemonade

If I had to choose I reckon I would choose a lime over a lemon anytime. They just seem a bit more special somehow. I've seen plenty of recipes for homemade lemonade but not that many for homemade limeade. I actually ended up using a mixture of lemon and lime juice to make this, mostly because I ran out of limes. If you give your limes a quick blast in the microwave before squeezing them you'll get much more juice out than if you squeeze them cold. Who knew I gave out useful life tips? You're welcome.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

White Chocolate and Blackcurrant Blondies

It's been a while since I made anything really indulgent and full of butter. Sometimes you just need to make something you know is 'bad' for you although I think anything you make yourself can never be bad and will certainly be better (for you and in taste) than something you can buy. These white chocolate chip and blackcurrant blondies are sumptuous enough to keep the crave away but the added blackcurrants add some acidity and freshness. And fruit, which we all know is good for you.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Broad Bean and Feta Smash with Cucumber, Lettuce and Dill Salad

It's all about green beans and peas at the moment and a veg box delivery last week left me with beans coming out of my ears! I wanted to put them on toast to make them go as far as possible. I like the slightly odd bitterness from broad beans and it goes so well with salty feta cheese. The cucumber and dill salad on the side adds real sweetness and freshness to the meal. It's super quick to make too so you won't be stuck in the kitchen when you want to be outside; perfect for summer.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Elderflower and Blackcurrant Gin and Tonic

My idea of a perfect evening when it's raining is to eat something filling then settle down to watch a film (preferably a funny one). On a sunny evening however I always try to be outside; we've been spoilt for sunny evenings recently. Sitting in the garden watching the world go by and the sun go down is improved if you accompany it with a refreshing home made drink. My home made elderflower cordial has made plenty of appearances this year and this time it's with fresh blackcurrants in a gin and tonic.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sal's Smokehouse Bar-B-Q

You may have seen a little while ago that I attempted to make some pulled pork ribs and an Asian style coleslaw. The coleslaw was very successful but the pulled ribs not so much. The inspiration behind having a bash at this was because of a recent discovery (followed by a lengthy conversation) with Steve from Sal's Smokehouse Bar-B-Q. I am a fan of anything pulled and/or barbecued so it's great to have an American style Bar-B-Q enthusiast on my doorstep.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Israeli Pop Up Dinner Reading

I love the idea of a pop up dinner in someone's dining room, probably because I'm a nosey parker. I'd love to open up my living room to see what it would be like but my lounge/dining room is about the size of a telephone box. Laura, Anu and I started talking on Twitter and as it turns out they host pop up dinners at their house in Reading. The meal I went for was Israeli themed; having no knowledge of Israeli food I couldn't wait to find out more about it.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Swedish Style Burgers

You would have thought that a burger lends itself well to good photo-ability. For some reason when it comes to taking a picture of a burger it never looks quite how I imagine it will. No matter what I try the burgers always shrink leaving even the smallest buns looking far too big. There is either too much or not enough salad so although I make them sort of regularly I rarely blog about them or take a picture. However, when the below recipe came through for Swedish burgers with Västerbottensost cheese I couldn't resist. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Caramelised Fennel and Salami Pizza

Does it get much better than homemade pizza? If you can get the base crispy enough that is. I have been working on my dough and tomato sauce recipe for some time and I think I have finally cracked it. I make the dough fresh then divide it up and freeze in individual bags so I can have pizza whenever. The tomato sauce is made from obscenely ripe tomatoes and just trust me on the fennel and salami combo.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Feed 4 for £6: Greek Salad, Hummus and Pitta Bread

I don't know about you but I find it difficult to know what to cook when it's hot. I don't want to be hanging around the oven or hob making unnecessary heat but I also don't want to eat cold food all the time. The worst thing about it is having to do the washing up (no dishwasher in my house!) when all you really want to do is sit outside. I think this meal of Greek salad with hummus and pitta bread is a great compromise; there isn't too much clearing up afterwards and the toasted pitta bread means that it's not an entirely cold meal.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Summer Vegetable Minestrone

I'm not sure you can ever have too many vegetables in the house at once but at this time of year with the peas in the garden, the veg box and whatever looks tempting at the farmers' market I can find it a little challenging to close the fridge door. You know it's got a bit excessive when your carrot fronds are getting in the way of the door seal. If you find yourself fighting some spinach to reach the butter or battling beans to get to the mayonnaise there's only one thing for it: make a minestrone.