I’ve been taking a little break from writing, and I have been the worst food blogger ever!
I have some really lovely recipes to make it up to you for my little absence!
Perfect for summer, and simple to achieve!
Feeling refreshed and full of inspiration from my latest trip to Nice, Cannes and Monaco in the South of France.
I was definitely ready to get back in the kitchen, I had some really incredible food on my trip along the coast.
From Moules Marineres, Cheese Boards, Homemade Gnocchi, Strawberry Tarts and Brie & Fig picnics on the beach – It was bliss!
Nice was our first stop, so I think it’s only appropriate to show off an amazing classic summer salad which was founded in this beautiful Italian/French town
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 Tuna steak
1 Egg – Poached
Salt & pepper
H O W T O
First of all for a Nice french dressing, Basil leaves, Spinach leaves a little olive oil, french mustard and a splash of water.
Next – I just made a really simple salad of lettuce, red onion and cucumber – black olives would be perfect here too!
And of course pour yourself a nice glass of something…
use some excess dressing and coat the cooked green beans, then cook again in a hot pan – oh yum!
Sprinkle salt and pepper on the Tuna steaks and Put a little olive oil in a pan, cook on a high heat for 2 minutes on each side.
(Tuna is best served a little pink in the middle! OH YEAH)
To make this a proper Tuna Nicoise salad you need boiled eggs, in your salad – I am not a fan of hard boiled eggs!
Poached Egg, just slightly over done and laid on top of the tuna finished this dish of perfectly!
SUPER HEALTHY, really simple and delicious!
Voila! Bon Apetit
Homemade Salmon Fishcakes
I N G R E D I E N T S
1-2 Salmon Fillets
1-2 Potatoes – Mashed and cooled
Salt & Pepper
Nice Chunk of Ginger
2 Garlic Cloves
Sweet Chilli Sauce
Egg & Milk Mixture
First of all boil some potatoes and mash them with a little salt and pepper
Having still not gotten my s**t together after moving house
– it only occurred to me I don’t have a masher when it was too late!
But that’s ok – handy fork
At the same time as your boiling potatoes
-Mix together a little oil, salt, pepper, ginger, chilli flakes, sweet chilli sauce, and garlic with a dash of soy sauce!
then pour over the salmon and put in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Once the salmon is cooked -Flake it all up and mix in with the potato, taste and season to your liking!
i added more chilli and lots of coriander at this point!
then make into small balls, and squish into flat rounds (like little burgers)
and then i dipped them in flour, egg the flour for a good coating! it gives a really good crunchy outside.
Next put a tiny bit of oil in a pan on the stove
they don’t take long! maybe 1.5minutes on each side
I quickly made a simple salad sprinkled in a soy dressing and chilli’s
This really is the perfect lunch for a spring weekend and i definitely plan on doing this a lot over the next few months!
so quick to do and with lots of guests booked in this is a great go-to-recipe!
Ok, so I know I am bad and have promised a Tiramisu recipe!
but this week there just hasn’t been time, and it’s been about speedy meals after long days.
So I’ll be sharing this absolute winner of a dish instead
I N G R E D I E N T S
For the Pad Thai
Best Easiest Sauce Ever!
Chopped Red Onion
1/2 Red Chilli
(Lemon Grass if you have it)
1/2 Juice of 1 Lime
First of all put ALL the sauce ingredients in a blender, and viola there is your base of the best dinner you’ll have this week!
Then put your Pad Thai ingredients in a little oil in a hot wok for a minute of two, add half of your your amazing sauce, then the squid and prawns if your using them!
and then add the other half , let this do its thing and cook for a few minutes.
Get a frying pan or griddle pan really hot on the stove and then add your Tuna.
I sprinkled some Sesame seeds on each side, because I’m fancy like that and placed the tuna steak in the pan for around 2 minutes on eachside
it was rare, and perfect for me – but feel free to cook a little longer on each side.
Sprinkle with some peanuts and top with fresh Coriander if you have this handy.
Super Quick, and only around 400 calories
Today was a day for comfort food!
After 5 x 14hour working days and battling a summer cold
it was time to regain some appetite and have a cosy meal at home with a glass of wine!
My favourite kind of comfort food is pasta!
nothing is better than a big bowl of CARBS when your feeling like a much deserved treat!
Creamy Prawn Carbonara
served with Chilli, Garlic Butter & Sourdough Bread
& Fresh Mixed Salad
To fill these beautiful vintage coloured glass dishes
First of All
Put the kettle on for your Spaghetti &Put the oven on to warm your bread.
For the Chilli Garlic Butter
(which is so more-ish! – so beware of the GARLIC breath)
For your Carbanara Pasta:
SALT, BLACK PEPPER
I absolutely love this dish, it’s a good one to impressed with minimal effort too!
Then add in your cooked spaghetti, mix altogether with some parsley
Enjoyed with a bottle of white wine, in front of a movie!
I’m so excited about food today!
well, no, most days.
I have been talking to a really good friend of mine down in sunny old Brighton,
his working on a really exciting project “Flavour Town” and has asked me to help him at the Street Food Diner
in a few weeks, so I’ll keep you all updated on that one!
Make sure you go say Hey over on Twitter too
But as my stomach rumbled whilst listening to his incredible South American inspired menu
I realised I hadn’t eaten any Argentinian Food in months!
Argentinian Steak Houses are where dreams come true
But since I’m on a health kick, and I’m strapped for cash
I’ve swapped the steak for some cheap, easy fish
So this little, simple, delicious recipe is for
Sardines & Chimichurri Sauce
– eaten in the Bank Holiday sunshine, with a glass of white wine
H E R E ‘ S H O W :
(Fish / Meat of your choice)
Stuff your lovely fish with your Chimichurri Sauce, and sprinkle, oil, flour, chilli, salt & pepper on top
SUPER SIMPLE CHIMICURRI SAUCE
Parsley, Garlic & Onion finely chopped
Really finely chopped
KEEP Chopping – alternatively use a food processor / chopper
then pour in the Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper to taste
Some people add Red Wine Vinegar to their Chimichurri – I don’t
Then I add some roughly chopped red chilli, because I’m an addict – and it has to go in everything!
I served mine on some delcious rustic seeded bread baked in a drizzle of olive oil & MORE GARLIC!
You did not want to kiss me last night…
& then some roughly chopped cherry tomatoes & rocket.
Bloody delicious! I recommend Chimichurri on meatier fish, Tuna would be amazing, Swordfish too!
Being invited down for a ‘bloggers tasting evening’ at Stoke Newington based Japanese restaurant Oishii
really made my Wednesday!
Massive Japanese fans over here!
We were really excited to try some of the amazing dishes that they had teasingly sent over to me earlier in the week:
The starters were awesome, the tempura jelly-fish was a real highlight!
well I was enjoying it the most until i flipped it half way across the restaurant with my chop stick skills
-it was amazing so I’m going to be recreating that very soon!
Other than that we had a mixture of sushi and sashimi which was all very nice indeed!
BUT warm sake and nibbling on wasabi peas was enough to keep my attention (hic) until the next course arrived
The Next course was Chicken Dumpling noodle soup, These crispy take on Gyoza dumblings in a really savoury chicken broth!
YES YES YES!
+ a bit more sake, it was Wednesday after all…
CUE MORE TEMPURA, MORE SUSHI & EDAMAME BEANS
& bizarrely fried cream cheese and cold boiled egg mayonnaise mix
was not too keen on that one
Oishiii was a real mixture, of good tempura dishes & odd combinations of cold dishes.
fabulous crockery like this small green soy sauce pouring pot but run down decor
The owner, Teik, who was lovely and sat with us for most of the meal was fun, generous and passionate about Cocktails
– my kind of man.
MY TAKE? If your in Stoke Newington, Hackney
for any reason then it’s worth popping in for a sushi lunch date,
and maybe a little sing along in the underground Karaoke room…
I’ll have another Asahi instead
It was great to go to my first ‘bloggers’ event
I thoroughly love an evening of free food and drink
for all enquiries & invites
you can get in touch via my Twitter
I have been totally obsessed with the garden this bank holiday
I’ve been camping in it (yes really),
drinking far to much wine in it, Sun-bathing, painting yet more garden furniture
& reading my new book
so really there was only one thing for it
We had a perfect, very simple Sea-Food BBQ
- Flat Leaf Parsely
- King Prawns
- Sweet Chilli
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Spinach / Rocket
This was a really lovely and simple BBQ, because we had some gorgeous Sea-Bream to use!
– After quickly running out to grab a disposable BBQ when we saw the Sun was out for the day.
I stuffed the Sea-Bream with parsley and lemon, scored the skin on both sides and rubbed salt & pepper all over
Then lovingly placed them onto the BBQ & Then rubbed a mix of Butter, Chilli, Garlic over them while they cooked!
Then for the prawns,
they’d been marinated in some sweet chilli, which is all gooey and perfect for skewers,
so all i had to do was soak the skewers in some water for a bit and
put the two together
& pop them on the BBQ
(With some Asparagus, just add a little oil, salt & pepper – so tasty!)
All you have to do for the pasta dish is cook some linguini, spaghetti, tagliatelle (your choice)
drain, add extra virgin olive oil pop some rocket/spinach in, squeeze on a whole lemon and tonnes of cracked black pepper!
Enjoy with a glass (Bottle) of Pinot Giorgio
HOPE YOU ALL HAD A LOVELY BANK HOLIDAY!