Sunday, 19 July 2009

Blackcurrants from the garden

It stayed dry long enough for me to pick our blackcurrants. I've frozen most of them but cooked a few and then added some fresh apricots to the cooked berries. Once cooled I layered it up with a mixture of fresh custard and greek yogurt. We wont get so many berries next year because we pulled out a couple of bushes, they were very overgrown and when we cut the branches back we found that the stem was rotten at the base.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Summer Eating

Lunch today was Salad Nicoise, with new potatoes, french beans, tomatoes and tuna on a bed of lettuce.
Supper was Minty Lamb Kebabs with pitta bread, tabbouleh and salad. The tabbouleh is a recipe by Rose Elliot in The New Vegetarian Cookbook, not so new now as it was published in 1986! I've included the recipe below.
Coconut Orange Jelly with strawberries and mango. This was a little experiment, I had half a can of coconut milk left after making a Thai prawn curry last night, so decided to make a 'milk' jelly. Very simple, melt the jelly as per packet instructions add the coconut milk and enough cold water to make up to 1 pint (or as the instructions on the packet) pour into a dish and put in the fridge to set. You do have to go and give it a bit of a mix after about 10 minutes or it will separate but I only had to do it once. It was really delicious with the fruit.

Cracked Wheat Salad (Tabbouleh)
100g/4oz bulgur wheat
300ml/1 1/2 pint boiling water
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp chopped parsley
4 tbsp chopped spring onion
2 tbsp chopped mint
2 tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped
salt & freshly ground pepper
4 lettuce leaves

To garnish
lemon slices
tomato slices

Put the wheat into a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for 10 -15 minutes, until the wheat has absorbed all the water and puffed up. Add the lemon juice, oil, chopped parsley, spring onion, mint and tomato. Mix well and season to taste. Put two lettuce leaves on two serving plates or in one large blowl, then spoon the salad mixture into the lettuce leaves. Garnish with the lemon and tomato slices.
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