Category: Spring Lunches

Very Nice, Tuna Niçoise

I’ve been taking a little break from writing, and I have been the worst food blogger ever!
Forgive me?
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.

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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

Tune Niçoise

I N G R E D I E N T S

1 Tuna steak

1 Egg – Poached

Crisp Lettuce

Red Onion

Spinach

Basil

Mustard

Salt & pepper

Olive Oil

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.

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Next – I just made a really simple salad of lettuce, red onion and cucumber – black olives would be perfect here too!

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And of course pour yourself a nice glass of something…

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use some excess dressing and coat the cooked green beans, then cook again in a hot pan – oh yum!


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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)

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 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!

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Voila! Bon Apetit

stmr

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Spring Lunches

Grilled Goats Cheese Bruschetta

Bank Holiday Weekend is a mere day away! and it’s only bloody picnic weather!
This is perfect for a little Alfresco Petit Déjeuner.

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I N G R E D I E N T S

1 x Ciabbatta
1 x wheel of your favourite chees
1 x Jar of my red onion & chilli chutney
3 of your loveliest pals

Super Super Simple
& it looks pretty

1st of all you need to make the red onion chutney
I always have a little jar of this stashed away – because it is my favourite thing ever!
I have it in sandwiches, or with cheese boards. I chuck some in with gravy and have it with sausages and mash too – super versatile, and really effortless to make too!

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(Recap on how here)

1-2 Red Onions
Spoonful of Sugar
Dash of Balsamic
Dash of Red Wine
Salt
Pepper
Red Chilli (Optional)

Let this cool and then keep in a jar, I’m not sure how long this will last you for, because mine never sticks around that long! but I’m guessing a good month or so!

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Then pick up some of your favourite cheese from the market,

Grill your Ciabatta bread for a minute, and then top with the chutney and goats cheese
put under the grill until everything gets a little bit gooey.

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Serve with Pear & Walnut Salad

&Thats it! Promise!
Really quick and satisfyingly decadent lunch!

Enjoy the long weekend

stmr

The Rum Kitchen

REVIEW

The Rum Kitchen

I love reviewing restaurants, I love them even more when the word ‘Rum’ is in the name.
but this one in particular has been on my hit-list since last summer!

After indulging in some jerk swordfish and all the other culinary delights of The Rum Kitchen at Feast Festival in Bricklane last year… I’ve been dying to have a long and drunken lunch at their restaurant.

& wow!
it did not disappoint – from the gorgeous waitresses and the kiss and cuddle upon arrival
(she won me over immediately!)
This Jamaican shack of joy is so relaxed, we ended up spending all afternoon there.

We had some banging plantain crisps while we perused the mouth watering menu.
It isn’t a huge menu, but that is not a bad thing – you wont need any more options!
Trust me, you’re going to get something you love here.

To start we ordered two “Lesser of Two Weevils”

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To accompany our mind-blowing mash-up cocktail of red stripe, Jamaican ginger beer shandy spiked with Mount Gay Rum – We opted for the Salt Fish Fritters and sticky jerk ribs.

Now I don’t know if this is the rum talking, but they were some seriously excellent choices by us…

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After quickly downing our cocktails to calm the fire of spicey jerk and chilli dressings, 2 beers please.
& then swiftly followed by our mains

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I definitely won on the mains front :

after originally heading in for the rainbow salad with grilled tuna – which looked stunning at the table next to me.
I then saw the woman behind devouring the crab burger & then there was no question.
The crab burger would be mine…

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Soft Shell Crab Burger, with spicy tamarind sauce, ginger aioli & guava-lime relish.

We also had the Jerk Fried Chicken Thighs with Shoe-string onion rings, homemade slaw and rum jerk bbq ketchup.

Our awesome waitress gave us a tasting session of all the sauces, and well we went for them all…
a girls got to have options.

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With two more beers to follow, we were suitably hiccup-ing our way out of The Rum Kitchen, with very satisfied customers. I’m planning my next visit already!

stmr