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Roasted Salad

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I had a delicious salad at a cafe recently and decided to recreate it at home as I so often do. 

So – armed with butternut squash, peppers, onion, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, pine nuts and salad I got down to work. 

– par boil the squash

– cut onions, peppers and garlic 

– strain the squash, mix with onions, pepper and garlic, drizzle in oil and slow bake for 30 minutes 

– prepare rest of salad, lay the table, cut the bread, pour the wine

– when your vegetables are cooked to perfection, spoon them onto the salad, add on the cubed feta, pine nuts and sundried tomatoes, drizzle with a stressing of your choice and serve

  
It was yum and we went back for more. Next time I make it I will add in some cous cous. 

Enjoy and share your recipes! 

Recipe: Thai Green Curry

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IMG_5531One of my favourite easy dishes is Thai Green Curry, there are other colours available as well but green is the one I make the most as everyone in the family will eat it and there will be no complaints.  I can’t be doing with fussy eaters!

Not only is the curry bursting with flavours and colours it is also really simple to make and what goes in depends on what you like or have to hand.

Ingredients

Meat – I tend to use chicken breasts or thighs, works equally well with thin strips of beef or big fat prawns

Vegetables – you choose but I use Leeks, Spring Onions, Peppers (Red, Yellow, Orange), Baby Sweetcorn, Mange Tout, Sugarsnap Peas, Brocoli, Water Chestnuts, Bamboo Shoots, Spinach, Basil, Lemongrass

Coconut Milk

Thai Green. Red ot Jungle Paste

Method

I fry the meat (unless I am making a vegetarian option), leeks and spring onions in oils that have got some oomph (Chiltern Cold Pressed Chilli Infusion or Stir Fry Infusion are what I have to hand) and then either

Slow Cooker – pop it in with coconut millk, Thai paste and most of the vegetables, (leave out the green vegetables) and cook on keep warm or low heat for 6 hours or so.  Just before serving give the green vegetables a quick dip in boiling water and then transfer them to the slow cooker.

Wok – throw the chicken in with the rest of the ingredients and let it bubble away for 15 minutes or so, until the vegetables are cooked to your liking.

Serve with rice or noodles and enjoy!

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Last night I thought of my role models, those girls and women who have made a positive impact on my life and I’m going to celebrate them on Mothers Day, Mothering Sunday, today, tomorrow, forever …

To L – who made me a mother 

To M & L – who made me a mother of two, then three 

To Dorothy, Clarkie and Mrs A – who made our childhood houses clean and tidy, never really complaining about the mess the children or grandchildren of the house might have made

To Joan and Marjie – two sisters in the village who showed me what companionship in advancing years looked like 

To Mrs B – who babysat and introduced me to Tales of the unexpected and Hammer house of horror

To Granny S – who taught me to cook, enjoy flowers, who listened to my every word, who would give up watching Wimbledon the moment I rang the doorbell 

To Granny P-G – who also taught me to cook, who shared her love of outside, who taught me to knit, who used to enjoy a day trip out just for the sheer hell of a change of scenery 

To Smart Liz – who was more than just Granny’s friend and neighbour to me

To J – my Godmother who told me off for cycling up the slide and who had clearly forgiven me by making my wedding dress years later

To Z, C, S, M, N, J and H – who are quite simply fairy Godmothers 

To my school friends – who will always have a place at my table, I’ll move up to make space not to make you hatch 

To my friends – who have always been there, just there, holding my hand, pushing me forward, giving me strength and courage when it was most needed, who listened, who joined in, who took sides, who protected me from myself at times, who as well as all that and more for being loyal, true, honest and constant

To C – who brought old friends back together and left us too soon

To my mother in law – who has to put up with us popping in and filling the house with inane chatter 

To my mum – who won’t let me forget I kept her waiting all day in the maternity unit

To these people – who have given me so much and taught me more than I can ever appreciate – thank you x

Who would you like to thank? 

Delicious Deli

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When Matt Johnson of Reading Rockets fame suggested I popped into ZottaDeli in Winnersh he said I would not be disappointed, well I wasn’t!  What a great Italian deli!  #favouritelocaldeli

I instantly got on the phone, spoke to Amalia and said I would be in the next day.  True to my word I turned up and true to Matt’s word I wasn’t disappointed.  I have never seen so much pasta, each side of the aisle there are shelves of pasta of which Amalia explained their uses and we chatted recipes.  As it was nearing lunch and I was heading off to BBC Radio Berkshire I said I’d grab a few slices of parma and cheese and Amalia prepared a platter of ham, cheese, salami, olives, bread – delicious.  I had promised Mike that I would be bringing in cake but he was certainly not disappointed, you can listen in here (you’ve got 5 days from today to hear it!).

As I had guests for supper the following day I just had to go back and pick up some provisions.  Again I was in the pasta aisle and chose Ziti Napoletani then picked up some Mascarpone, Parmesan and some very hot salami to make a sauce with (previously purchased) courgettes, onion and garlic.  There is so much choice – wine, soft drinks, children’s favourites, sweets, biscuits, bread, olives, anchovies, tuna, cheese, oils, – everything!  I love simple cooking and this recipe was simple and tasty!

Ingredients 

Love the waxed paper!

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Simple Sauce

Slice onions, garlic and thinly sliced or grated courgette, stir fry in butter, when soft add in Mascarpone.

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Pasta

Having broken the pasta into pieces I boiled it in a pan of salted water, however it’s just as easy to cook whole and then snip with scissors when cooked.
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Dishing Up

These tongs from Ella’s Kitchen Company are idea for serving pasta!

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As we had guests who might not have the hot taste buds that we have I also chopped up some prosciutto and of course plenty of Parmesan!

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Eating Up
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Needless to say it all went, so I started all over again for our supper – which was washed down with my favourite Limonata

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I love small independent shops and ZottaDeli is definitely on my go to lots list!  With plenty of parking at the rear and right by the Winnersh crossroads it is easy to find.  If you do pay them a visit be sure to say I recommended them!

And just incase you were worried there was no cake listen here!