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Homemade Coleslaw with Chives

Homemade Coleslaw with Chives

This is such an easy and quick accompaniment to make; it makes me wonder why people would but this readymade. Once you have seen how quick and delicious this is you will definitely make this at home. You can use this with so many main meals and it has a lovely fresh taste. I have used chives to make it more subtle and I think it works extremely well. Left over coleslaw can also be used up with different fillings in sandwiches!

Serves 2

Ingredients

  1. Small Cabbage- Only need ¼ of the cabbage- Finely Shredded
  2. 2 Shredded Carrots
  3. 2 Finely Chopped Spring Onions
  4. 1 Pack/15g Fresh Chives- Chopped
  5. 2-3tbsp Mayonnaise
  6. Salt
  7. Freshly Grounded Pepper

Method

Take all the ingredients into a bowl and bind with the mayonnaise. You can make it richer by adding more mayonnaise if you prefer.

It’s as simple as that!!

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Baby New Potatoes, Pea and Green Bean Salad

Baby New Potatoes, Pea and Green Bean Salad

This is a great salad to serve with a main course or you can eat it on its own. It has a lovely minty, fresh taste and is really quick to prepare. It also tastes great with pizzas, meat and vegetarian dishes. You can prepare this salad a day in advance and therefore makes it ideal for those who have a busy schedule!!

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  1. Baby New Potatoes- Boiled in Salt Water and Cut in Halves When Cooled
  2. 1 ½ Cup Fresh Peas- Cooked in Boiling Water (Do Not Overcook)
  3. Good Handful Fresh Fine Green Beans- Steamed or Boiled (Do Not Overcook)
  4. 1 Shallot- Finely Chopped
  5. 2tbsp Mayonnaise
  6. 1tsp Mustard
  7. 1 Clove of Garlic- Crushed
  8. 2tsp Fresh Mint- Finely Chopped
  9. 1tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  10. 2tsp Mint Sauce
  11. A Good Handful Fresh Dill- Finely Chopped
  12. Salt to taste

Method

Take the potatoes, peas and green beans in a bowl. Once they are cooled, add all the other ingredients and mix through. Taste for salt and add some if necessary. Leave in the refrigerator to cool. Take out just before serving.

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Roasted Aubergine Stack with a Basil Dressing

Roasted Aubergine Stack with a Basil Dressing

I was so happy the way this recipe turned out! It looked amazing and tasted delicious! You can serve this dish as a starter or even as a salad. It will certainly leave your family and friends impressed! The aubergine and caramelised peppers really went well with feta cheese. The Basil dressing brought all the flavours together. To variate it you can also use fresh sliced mozzarella instead of feta cheese.

Ingredients

Makes 4-5 stacks

  1. 1 Baby Dutch Aubergine, sliced into circles of ½ cm thickness. It is important you get this variety as it has a lovely sweet flavour.
  2. 1 Yellow Pepper- Sliced Finely
  3. 1 Fresh Tomato- Sliced Finely
  4. Green Pesto
  5. Feta or Mozzarella Cheese- sliced finely
  6. Olive Oil to season
  7. 2tsp Honey

Method

Season the aubergine circles on both sides with salt and pepper and spread them out onto a baking tray. Drizzle some olive oil on top of each one, making sure you cover both sides. Cook in a pre heated oven on 190c until soft, turning occasionally. Do not brown them. Once cooked, leave aside to cool.

Meanwhile take the peppers and place them in a baking tray. Add the honey on top and mix together. Cook in a preheated oven on 190c until the peppers have softened and slightly caramelised.  Again do not brown.  Once cooked, leave aside to cool.

To Make the Basil Dressing you will need:

  1. 2tbsp Olive Oil
  2. 1tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Freshly Grounded Pepper
  5. ½ tsp Sugar
  6. 1 Garlic Clove- Crushed
  7. Good Handful Fresh Basil- finely chopped. Reserve a few leaves to decorate the stacks.

Mix all the above ingredients together and leave aside.

Now for the fun part- Assembling the Stacks; I have assembled the stacks this way but you can do it any other way. You can experiment, as long as you have all the ingredients together.

The following all go on top of each other, hence the Stack.

A slice of Aubergine

Spread a little Pesto on top

A slice of Feta or Mozzarella cheese

Slice of Tomato

Slice of Aubergine

Spread a little Pesto

Add some Peppers

Slice of Tomato

Slice of Aubergine

Finally a layer of Peppers

Drizzle a little of the Basil Dressing on each one. Then decorate each stack with a Basil leaf. Beautiful!! Enjoy!

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Moroccan Mezze Platter

Moroccan Mezze Platter

This is a great, sociable dish. It works very well as a salad or as a main dish. You can share this with friends and family; even sit around it and dig in!! I have tried to create a good balance of bread, houmous and couscous all in one dish!

Ingredients 1

Serves 4-6

  1. Pitta Bread- 1 or 2
  2. 1 Tub Houmous
  3. Cucumbers to decorate
  4. Paprika to decorate

Ingredients 2

  1. 1tbsp Olive Oil
  2. 1 Small Red Onion
  3. 1 Handful Sultanas
  4. 1 Orange Pepper- chopped finely
  5. 1 Can Chickpeas- Washed and drained
  6. 2 Cloves Crushed Garlic
  7. Juice of 1 Lemon
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Freshly Grounded Pepper
  10. 1 Handful fresh Coriander
  11. ½ Cup Cubed Feta Cheese
  12. 9oz Couscous
  13. Flaked Almonds to decorate

To Variate this: you can add pieces of grilled Halloumi or even black/green olives in the couscous, which also taste delicious.

Method

Prepare the couscous as per packet instructions. Leave aside and break it up with a fork.

Take a pan; add olive oil and all the ingredients in Number 2 apart from the couscous and almonds. Warm through so that the rawness is slightly taken out. You do not want to cook it, only warm!

Once this is done, add the couscous and gently stir through.

This is a cold platter, so leave the couscous to cool.

To decorate, take a large serving plate and place the couscous in the middle. Sprinkle the flaked almonds on top.

You will need all the ingredients in number 1. Slice the pitta bread into strips and decorate with the houmous and cucumbers all the way round the dish as shown in the main picture. Finally sprinkle a little paprika on the houmous.

Again you can be as creative as you want and find a style that suits you!

Ready to share!!!

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