Thursday, June 30, 2011

Roasted Green Bean and Tomato Salad with Breadcrumbs

200 g green beans
300-400 g cherry tomatoes
100 ml breadcrumbs
50 g butter,cut in pieces

Place the beans into the baking dish,scatter butter pieces & then breadcrumbs over.
On very top place the tomatoes.
Season with salt & pepper.
Bake at 220C for 30 min.Somewhere in halfway stir it all through..
Serve with mashed potatoes & Cold Sauce: 
100 ml mayonnaise
100 ml sour cream
season with chopped greens(dill,chives,spring onions..)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Carrot Salad

4 carrots
1 big sour apple,like Bramley
2-3 tomatoes
half of the lemon,juice
parsley,small handful
salt,pepper,pinch of sugar

Grate the carrots & apple.
Cut the tomato into pieces.
Chop the parsley.
Mix everything together,season.

This salad recipe is delicious and refreshing BBQ side dish,also great with all sorts of grilled sausages & pork ribs.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tomato Fritatta

6 eggs
100 ml sour cream
30 g grated cheese
2 tbsp parsley,chopped
3-4 tomatoes,cut in pieces
1 onion,chopped
knob of butter

Fry the onions in the butter,then add tomatoes,season with salt,pepper.Cook for 2-3 min.
Whisk together eggs,sour cream & chopped parsley,season.
Pour the egg mixture over the tomatoes.
On the low heat cook the frittata until bottom is golden in color,then scatter the grated cheese on top & place it under the grill until cheese is melted.

Strawberry & Banana Milkshake

200 g strawberries
1-2 small bananas
50 g sugar
juice of half lemon
500 ml vanilla ice cream
300-500 ml apple juice

Blend it all!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rhubarb & Strawberry Soup

2 rhubarb stalks,chopped
2 cups of water
1 tbsp cornflour + 100 ml cold water
1-2 cups of strawberries,blend
100-150 g sugar

Boil the rhubarbs,water & sugar for 5 min.
Mix together the cornflour & cold water,stir it into the soup until thickens.
Whisk in the strawberry puree,take off the heat.
Let it cool a bit & serve with vanilla ice cream.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Chicken & Potato Fry With Grated Dill Cucumber

boiled potatoes,cut into smaller pieces
1 onion,chopped
1-2 tomatoes,chopped
2 chicken fillets

Cut the chicken fillets into strips,season & fry in butter.Lift out onto the plate.
Place onions onto the pan,once they are golden brown, add potatoes,brown well.
Lift chicken back to the pan,add tomatoes,heat it through quickly.
Serve with:
Grate some cucumber.
Add some chopped dill,salt.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Salad

All this brand new goodness in the garden!

spring onions
Finely slice it all,season with salt.
You can also add sour cream or mayonnaise or both.

Peppered Smoked Mackerel Pasta

2-3 fillets of peppered smoked mackerel,sliced
250 g cherry tomatoes,quartered
500 g pasta
1-2 tbsp chopped dill
mayonnaise for serving

Boil the pasta until al dente,drain.
Heat the knob of butter on the pan,add pasta & mackerel,cook it through for 1-2 min.
Add tomatoes & dill,season,cook another 1-2 min.
Serve with mayonnaise..

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Strawberry & Elderflower Jelly With Strawberry Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream


200 ml elderflower syrup
200 ml water
250 g strawberries,sliced
1 lemon,juice
12 g gelatin + 100 ml water

Mix together syrup,strawberries,lemon juice & water.
Pour into the cup 100 ml of boiling water & scatter gelatin over,stir until completely melted.
Stir the gelatin mixture into the strawberry mixture.
Spoon it all into the serving glasses & put into the fridge to set for few hours.

Strawberry sauce:
150-200 g strawberries 
50-100 g sugar

Using a fork, mash strawberries & sugar into a pulp.

Serve the jellies with strawberry sauce & vanilla ice cream.


Elderflower Syrup

100 elderflower heads
5 kg sugar
8-10 lemons,washed
5 l water
2-3 tbsp citric acid

Place the elderflower heads,sliced lemons & citric acid in a bowl & mix.
Boil the water & sugar until sugar is completely dissolved.
Take the syrup off the heat & pour over the flowers.
Cover the bowl & let it stand in cool place for 5 days.
Wash & sterilize the bottles.
Strain it through a fine-meshed sieve lined with cheesecloth & bottle the elderflower syrup.
Stores in the cool place for months.

To serve, add a small quantity to a jug with some fresh lemon juice. Serve chilled with ice cubes and slices of lemon. Very refreshing in summer.

Excellent remedy for colds, flu and feverish symptoms.Make a drink with hot water & lemon or ginger..
Good for purifying the blood..
Also can be used as a de-tox, to build the immune system by clearing toxins through the lymph glands.
Relieves the symptoms of allergies to pollens etc;reduces the effects of sinusitis.
More about Elderflower benefits can be found here:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mediterranean Style Chicken Fillets

4 chicken fillets
3 tomatoes,sliced
100 g soft cheese with garlic & herb
handful of basil leaves
50 g cabanossi sausages,sliced
50 g butter,cut in pieces
50 g grated cheddar,mature

Cut each chicken fillet in half & place on to the baking dish.
Place some bits of butter in between.
Spread the cream cheese over the chicken pieces.
Arrange tomatoes on top,season with salt & pepper.
Scatter the sliced cabanossi sausages,basil & grated cheese over.
Bake in the preheated oven at 220C for 35 min.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rhubarb & Summer Berry Cake

6 eggs
6 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp flour,sifted

1 cup of mixed berries,fresh or frozen
2 stalks of rhubarb,sliced
2-3 tbsp sugar

Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form,then gradually add sugar,still whisking until stiff.
Whisk the egg yolks until pale,add to the egg whites.
Gently add the flour into the egg mixture.
Mix the berries & rhubarb with sugar.
Spoon the batter over the big prepared baking pan (ca 30x40 cm).
Scatter the berry-mix over.
Bake at 200C for 25-30 min or until ready.

Mashed Potatoes on Toast

Fry the mashed potatoes with butter on the pan at first.
Spread some mayonnaise over the bread slices.
Spoon hot mashed potatoes on the bread.
Place a piece of cheese on top.
Bake in the preheated oven at 220C until the cheese is melted & deliciously golden.


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