Friday, 23 July 2010

Summer Pudding



There are many recipes for summer pudding on the web, so I'm not going to post one as I didn't actually use one lol!  I've make a summer pudding at least once a year, usually about this time when all the soft fruit is available, I suppose I've been making summer pudding for about 25 years and I love that combination of sweetness and sharpness with the soft fruit soaked bread -mmmm!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Sweet Balsamic Grilled Chicken & Strawberry Pie


Sweet Balsamic Grilled Chicken

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 olive oil
2 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp honey
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

In a bowl combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, red pepper flakes, and honey. Pour it into a gallon storage bag.  Add the chicken and allow it to marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.  Rotate the bag occasionally to ensure the chicken gets marinated evenly.   Remove the chicken from the bag.  Discard the marinade and pat the chicken dry with paper towels.  Then season both sides of the chicken well with salt and pepper.  Grill the chicken over a medium hot fire for about 10 minutes on each side or until it is cooked through.


This chicken was delicious, moist and very tasty.  I served it with baked potoato and a selection of salad vegetables. The dressing for the vegetables was a simple French Dressing made using 'Fig Vinegar' that I got when I was on holiday.  It is really delicious and quite a different taste, not a taste of figs at all, just a sort of fruity taste, but not as sweet as raspeberry vinegar.

I followed this with a Strawberry Pie, I found this great recipe on All Recipes, it's so easy and the result not only looks good, but also tastes great.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

More Prawns

I have one courgette plant growing in a big pot, so far I've had about 5 courgettes.  I picked a couple on Friday night and sauted them with garlic and a red pepper.
I don't normally buy this sort of ready prepared rice, but had bought it for our self-catering holiday and in the end we didn't use it.  I thought it would be ideal for a quick supper dish.  I cooked up a small amount of ordinary basmati rice and added it, as the packet wouldn't have provided enough for 3 people.

I added a bit of tomato puree, some sweet chilli sauce, some prawns and quartered tomoatoes.

It was very quick and tasted good.
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