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Recipe Of The Week - Bank Holiday Special!

18.08.2014

Monday 25th August is this year’s summer bank holiday. Bank holidays are a time for relaxing and spending time with your loved ones, and with that comes plenty of food and drink! What follows is a delicious and easy menu ideal for your bank holiday. These recipes each serve 2, simply multiply to cater the amount of people you are serving. Sit back, relax, eat, drink and enjoy!

 

 

Melon & Prosciutto Skewers

Melon and prosciutto skewers are a taste of summer on a stick - excellent as a healthy and delicious starter. The whole family will enjoy this combination of flavours. Very fast, very easy, very enjoyable.

Ingredients

  •  ½ charentais melon, small
  • 75g ball mozzarella
  • 10g packet of basil
  • 6 slices prosciutto
  • ½ shallot, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 1 TBS balsamic vinegar, good quality
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil

Serves 2 for a snack/starter

Method

  1. Using a sharp knife, remove the skin from the melon, then scoop out and discard the seeds
  2. Cut the half a melon into 6 wedges
  3. Cut the mozzarella into 6 chunks and pull out 6 basil leaves from the packet
  4. Thread the melon, prosciutto, mozzarella and basil alternately on to 2 wooden skewers and divide among 2 plates
  5. Chop the remaining basil and put in a bowl with the shallot, mustard powder, balsamic vinegar and olive oil
  6. Whisk together, then transfer to a jug
  7. Pour over the skewers to serve

 

Mezze-style lamb and red onion brochettes

Mezze-style lamb and red onion brochettes is ideal as a main meal in the week or at the weekend when you may have a little more time. This dish is ideal for all the family, tasty and enjoyable.

Ingredients

For the mezze-style salads:

  • 4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 300g fresh tomatoes
  • 300g baby courgettes, trimmed and thickly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 TBS low-fat natural Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp dill, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, trimmed and peeled
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 romaine lettuce heart, separated (optional)

For the lamb brochettes:

  • 2 boneless loin lamb fillets, each 170g trimmed weight
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • generous pinch cayenne pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion

Serves 2

Method

  1. Start with the courgette salad. Set a saucepan over a medium-low heat, add 3 TBS olive oil and, once hot, add the onion, garlic and cumin seeds. Reduce the heat to low and gently fry for 10 minutes until soft and golden
  2. Meanwhile, peel the tomatoes by placing in a bowl and covering with boiling water. Immediately stab each tomato to pierce the skin, then wait a minute, drain, peel and roughly chop
  3. Add to the onions, increase the heat slightly and cook briskly for 5 minutes until the tomato thickens into a sauce
  4. Stir the courgettes into the tomato sauce, season and cook for 12 minutes until the courgettes are tender. Add a few spoonfuls of water, if necessary
  5. Serve warm or cold
  6. To make the cucumber salad, place the cucumber in a colander and salt
  7. After 10 minutes, rinse and pat dry
  8. Place in a bowl with the yogurt and dill. Mix and season to taste with freshly ground black pepper
  9. For the carrot salad, roughly grate the carrots into a bowl. Add the lemon juice and 1 TBS olive oil, mix thoroughly and season to taste
  10. For the brochettes, trim the lamb of all fat and sinew, and cut into 2cm chunks. Place in a bowl with the garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and olive oil, and mix together. Set aside for 20 minutes
  11. Cut the red onion into similar-sized squares. Place a griddle on a high heat
  12. Take 4 x 18cm skewers and thread alternate pieces of onion and lamb on to each skewer. Don't pack them too tightly
  13. Place the 4 brochettes on the hot griddle and cook for about 9 minutes, turning regularly until the meat is cooked to your liking
  14. Serve with the 3 salads, and if you like, the romaine leaves

 

Strawberry and Apple Water

It is very easy to get bored with water, so why not make it a little more interesting by adding a few healthy, simple and natural ingredients. It’ll take you a matter of minutes to create these waters and can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge.

Be adventurous with your flavours and gain a wide pallet for combinations ensuring that there is always a flavour you can combine throughout the year and avoiding having to use bitter and expensive fruit that is no longer in season.  

(hint: ensure your fruit is nice and ripe, to avoid flavourless and overly bitter drinks)

Ingredients

  • 1 mug of halved strawberries
  • 2 apples

What You'll Need

  • A jug or pitcher
  • A wooden spoon, muddler, or rolling pin
  • Fresh tap water
  • Ice

Method

  1. Thinly slice both apples and drop into your pitcher/jug
  2. Also pour your mug of strawberries into your jug/pitcher
  3. Very gently, press down and twist the apple and strawberries using your wooden spoon/muddler/rolling pin. The aim is to bruise them to release plenty of flavour but not to pulverise them into pieces 
  4. Fill the jug/pitcher with ice cubes
  5. Fill with tap water to the brim
  6. Give a good stir with a large tablespoon
  7. Secure lid/cover with cling film and place in the fridge
  8. Allow it to chill nicely and infuse the flavours for an hour or two
  9. Your ice will filter out fruit bits when pouring your glass, although if your ice has melted, simply pour your naturally flavoured water through a sieve into your glass 
  10. Sit back and enjoy!

 

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