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Bistro Style Marinated Goats Cheese Salad with Green Beans

Having just come back from a weekend in Paris and eaten so well, I was inspired by the simplicity of the food we ate, great ingredients, simply presented and well dressed. I could have spent the day (if I had the budget) in Astier de Villatte, home of the most out of this world pottery and painted plates. Also home to typical Parisian Hauteur…..

So inspired by our trip, this is a take on a goats cheese salad with more substance with the addition of croutons made from toasted home made gluten free bread. I spotted loads of beautiful looking salads when we had lunch at Relais Sant-Germaine on our last day which was great food and the dessert was one of the most beautiful plates of food I have ever seen.

Marinated Goats Cheese Salad
Serves 4
2 100gr goat’s cheese logs
100ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp walnut oil
1 shallot chopped very finely
1 garlic clove chopped and mashed
1 tsp fresh thyme picked and chopped
1 tsp sweet paprika

4 large handfuls of mixed leaves
250 gr green beans washed, topped & tailed
2 slices rustic bread preferably gluten free
Olive oil and raspberry vinaigrette

Combine the olive oil, walnut oil,shallot, garlic and thyme, season well.
Cut the goats cheese into slices and lay on a flat plate and pour over the marinade.
Cover and place in the fridge – preferably overnight but at least for a few hours.
when ready to assemble, blanch the beans in boiling water for 3 minutes and drain.
Toast the bread and cut into croutons.
Dress the salad leaves with some olive oil and a splash of raspberry vinaigrette.
Drain some of the marinade onto the beans.
Arrange the leaves and beans across 4 plates.
Place the goats cheese onto a foil lined baking tray and place under the grill for about 2 minutes until
just melting. Arrange on top of the salad, top with the croutons and spoon over any remaining marinade.

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Chargrilled flat iron beef with Tossed Asian Style Vegetables

grilled flatiron and asian greens II

chargrilled flatiron and asian greens

This cut of beef is becoming very popular and I love it, make sure to trim it if there is a membrane on the outside of it but once cooked and cut across the grain is a delicious piece of meat and easy and quick to prepare. This was a real crown pleaser so I hope the cut doesnt get too expensive as it’s popularity grows!

Chargrilled flat iron beef with Tossed Asian Greens
Serves 4
4 flat iron beef steaks
2 cloves of garlic peeled chopped and mashed
salt and pepper
rapeseed oil

Trim the flat irons
Chop and mash the garlic, add salt and pepper with few glugs of rapeseed oil
Cover the beef with the marinade and leave for a few hours for the flavour to develop

Stir Fryed Asian Style Greens
1 Pak Choi cleaned and trimmed,
2 handfuls of Tender stem broccoli blanched for 3 minutes
1 handful baby corn blanched for 3 minutes
2 handful mangetout cleaned and trimmed
1 red pepper de-seeded and julienned
2 tbsp black sesame seed
4 tbsp rapeseed oil
1″ fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic

Dressing – Mix the following:-
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp soy sauce

Wipe off the heavy excess and cook the steaks on a hot griddle pan for few minutes each side – ideally this should be cooked rare at most medium rare.
Set aside to rest, meanwhile stir fry the vegetables by adding the oil to the hot wok and add the ginger and garlic and stir fry for a few minutes, toss in veg in the following order pepper, corn, broccoli mangetout and then the cabbage greens stir frying between each addition for a few minutes.
Pour over the dressing ingredients, toss over the sesame seeds, season and pour on to serving platter.
Carve the steaks and serve with the vegetables. Delicious :-)

Greek Style Lamb with Redcurrant glaze

I have piles and piles of cook books as well as notebooks filled with written recipes or ones I have cut out from newspapers over the years. I usually write notes in the margins about when I first cooked it, for who and occasionally the date. This means I usually get immersed in my note books on trips down memory lane as I remember what the occasion was and totally forget the time. This lamb recipe has a note in the margin that I first cooked this for my dad and that he loved it. So I can assure you it has been road tested by someone with quite high standards (read fussy) :-)

Greek Style Lamb with Redcurrant Glaze
Serves 4

8 lamb chops (2 per person, more if you have hungry males!)
few sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme
2 lemons sliced
2 cloves garlic chopped and mashed

Season the lamb chops and brown well on both sides
Line an oven proof dish with sliced lemons, herbs, and chopped garlic
Lie lamb chops on top and into the oven at 180C until done to choice (about 10 minutes for medium)

Meanwhile make redcurrant glaze
150ml red wine
125gr red currant jelly
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
150 ml water
2 tsp cornflour

Add everything bar cornflour and water to a pot and heat gently until the jelly has melted and is smooth
Blend the corn flour and water and add to the pot, bring to the boil and stir and simmer until thickened

Serve the lamb with the redcurrant glaze with tossed salad and some roasted or new potatoes if in season.

Lemon Pistachio Cake with Yoghurt & Fruit Compote

We are just back from 2 weeks in beautiful Croatia, we spent it in Istria, which feels very Italian and is therefore close to my heart. From stunning old squares and shaded alleyways to beautiful Venetian style houses there is plenty to enjoy and sampling the wine, olive oil and cheese was part of the fun. Cafe culture is also a strong part of the lifestyle and I loved having some timeout drinking an espresso and people watching….. and sure you would have to have something to go with it, wouldn’t you?. This cake is inspired by the tastes and flavours of the area, filled with lemon zest and with a beautiful colour courtesy of the pistachios. I always say, if you are going to have some cake, make it a good one, no sense in wasting the calories on processed refined baked goods. Make it yourself and you control the quality of ingredients going in to it. This one has not too much sugar and as it is made with gluten free flour perfect if you don’t work well on wheat. I make the pistachio flour by blending pistachios and sieving to remove any bigger pieces of nuts.

Then as I have said before bring the cake into work and you won’t be able to eat too much of it! :-)
pistachio lemon cake

Lemon Pistachio Cake with Yoghurt Fruit Compote

8oz unsalted butter
zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pistachio meal
3/4 cup gluten free plain flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp GF baking flour
4 eggs

Oven at 150C
Mix the flour and pistachio meal together.
Grease spring-form tin well and line base with parchment paper.
Beat butter and sugar until really smooth.
Add vanilla and zest and beat to combine.
Alternately add eggs and pistachio meal and flour mix.
Add the baking powder and give a final beat to combine but don’t over beat.
Pour into greased lined spring-form tin and bake at 160C for 40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean
Serve with some yoghurt and fruit.

Pomegranate and Honey Glazed Chicken – A perfect summer dish

large pomegranate honey glazed

The last days of summer are here and this is a dish full of summer flavours. I love the pomegranate molasses as it adds a lovely sherbert lemony flavour and It makes a delicious salad dressing or is lovely with roasted peaches or nectarines.
There is great nutrition in this dish with protein from the chicken the goodness of the nuts and the antioxidants from the spices. If you don’t think you will feel full enough you can serve some roasted sweet potato on the side also which works really well.

Serves 4

Marinade
3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
150ml olive oil
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp each of cayenne , paprika and cumin

8 skinless boneless chicken thighs or a mix of breast and thighs
1/2 red onion sliced very thin
2 handfuls of coriander
2 handfuls of roughly chopped pistachios
2 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Mix marinade ingredients together
Cut the chicken into 2″ chunks
Add to marinade and toss to coat
Cover with cling and place in fridge at least an hour – overnight even better
Thread chicken pieces onto skewers (soak wooden ones)
Heat griddle pan and cook on medium heat turning to cook on all sides

Toss the onion coriander and pistachios with lime and olive oil
Season and place on a large platter
Add the skewers and serve

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