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Lettuce, Cucumber & Pea Summer Soup

Season: Summer 

Ingredients: 350g cucumber 1 small lettuce (approx 225g in weight), washed and dried 17g shelled peas 5 spring onions, chopped finely 850ml vegetable stock Approx 2 tbsp single cream 1 tbsp fresh snipped chives salt & freshly milled black pepper Method: First melt the butter in a large saucepan and...

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SWISS CHARD SALAD WITH LEMON, PARMESAN & BREADCRUMBS

Season: Summer 

Ingredients 1 bunch Swiss chard 1/2 cup rapeseed oil, divided into half 1 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs* 1 clove garlic, minced sea salt to taste crushed red pepper flakes, optional 1 lemon 3/4 cups grated Parmesan, Grana Padano or Pecorino Method Wash and dry the chard and remove the stems...

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Mackerel barbecued over bay leaves

Season: Summer 

Ingredients: 4 medim sized mackerel (gutted & rinsed) olive oil for drizzling Fresh bay leaves Salt & pepper Method: Massage each fish with a few drops of olive oil.  Season the mackerel well, inside and out, with salt and pepper. Make sure your BBQ is hot and ready to cook...

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Smoked mackerel & beetroot salad with creamy horseradish dressing

Season: Summer 

Serves 6 Ingredients: 6-10 beetroots (depending on size) 140g puy lentils, cooked bunch spring onions (about 8), sliced on an angle 1 eating apple, core removed, thinly sliced (squeeze a little lemon juice over to prevent them turning brown) 1 small radicchio, leaves separated and torn into bitesized chunks Approx 250g smoked mackerel, skin and any bones removed,...

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Poached Apricot in vanilla with citrus syllabub

Season: Spring Summer 

Ingredients : For the poached apricots 250ml white wine 1 orange, halved Vanilla pod 55g caster sugar 1 apricot, halved and stone removed For the syllabub 284 ml double cream 2 tbsp icing sugar 1/2 vanilla pod,  seeds only 1 lemon, juice & zest only 2 fresh mint sprigs, to garnish...

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A Twist on Strawberry Classics

Season: Summer 

1.  Strawberries with basil, vinegar & Yoghurt Combine 4 tbsp of balsamic vinegar with 3 tbsp of runny honey in a small saucepan.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 1-2 mins.  Allow to cool.  Toss  250g of hull and quartered strawberries* with finely chopped ribbons of basil and the...

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Strawberry Popsicles

Season: Summer 

Ingredients: Popsicle Sticks Popsicle Moulds *800g Strawberries Method: Cut 5-6 strawberries into thin slices and reserve to decorate moulds. Cut the rest of the strawberries into half’s then blend. Place the strawberries in the moulds. Pour blended strawberries over to fill Popsicle moulds and add the sticks. Freeze for 3-4...

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Smashed broad beans & baby peas on bruschetta with ricotta & mint

Season: Spring Summer 

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 crusty sourdough loaf 1 clove garlic, peeled Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle 300g  fresh broad beans (podded beans) 1 cup frozen baby peas, thawed 1 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper 120g fresh ricotta Few mint leaves, finely chopped Method Slice sourdough thickly and toast or...

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Broad Bean, Barley & Mint Salad

Season: Summer 

Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 litre vegetable stock 500g podded fresh broad beans 225g pearl barley 2 handfuls mint leaves 200g radishes, quartered 100g whole hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped 140g goat’s cheese, crumbled into small chunks For the dressing: 4 tbsp cold-pressed rapeseed oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar juice and...

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Cherry Vodka

Season: Summer 

We say make it a double! This is perfect chilled, with a few cherries in, or make it long and add some soda or lemonade Makes 750ml Ingredients 400g cherries 200g caster sugar 70cl bottle vodka Method Slit the cherries, but don’t cut them in half. Put in a pan...

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