Posted in Recipes, Summer

Zucchini & Squash Soup

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Ingredients

1 green zucchini (courgette)

1 white zucchini (courgette)

1/2 button squash (any other squash is fine, too)

1 medium size onion

olive oil

2 tablespoons paprika powder

1 tablespoon chilli (I used dry crunched)

some salt & pepper

1/2 orange (juice of)

 

How to make the zucchini soup

 

cut onion in cubes and fry in olive oil until browned

meanwhile chop squash and zucchini into even pieces

add to the onions

add about 1 liter water

let boil until zucchini look glassy

blend with food blender until thick soup

add the spices and the orange juice

mix well let bubble up once more

done!

 

Posted in Recipes, Summer

Zesty Summer Chicken Salad

Feeds One

Ingredients Meat

1 piece organic free range chicken breast

Ingredients Greenery

  1. 1 fresh Date
  2. 10 green beans
  3. 1/2 lime (juice off)
  4. 1 pinch of Rosemary
  5. Crack Black Pepper
  1. 1 hand full of Morrison’s mixed Bistro salad (home make: grated beet root, spring salads)
  2. 1 hand full Rocket
  3. 1 hand full fresh Strawberries
  4. 1 hand full fresh Blueberriers
  5. 1/4 yellow pepper

Preparation

Step 1

Cut chicken into slices

Pour 1 Tablespoon olive oil into griddle

Add green beans

Cut date into 4 pieces

Fry this until done

While this is frying prepare the salads

Wash

Cut the green bits of the Strawberries

Well and then arrange as in picture above

Salad Sauce

I prefer a simple vinaigrette

1 Tablespoon white truffle oil

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Tablespoon Aceto Balsamico

1 dollop of mustard

Fresh herbs mix well

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Tomato Salads

 


Measurements for 2 persons and salad as part of main meal not side dish

5-6 medium sized tomatoes

1 small or 1/2 medium sized onion

slice or dice the vegetable

 

Version 01—My Dad’s Classic

2-3 pinches salt

2 tablespoons malt vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons milk

crush black pepper over it

 

Version 02—The Mediterranean Version

2 Tablespoons Aceto Balsamico

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2-3 Pinches Salt

1 Cup Black Olives

Fresh Basil Leaves

Crush Black Pepper over it

 

My Favourite Add-Ons

  1. GARLIC loads and loads of GARLIC

CHEESY CORNER

  1. You can dice Feta or Mozzarella and throw it in
  2. Fry Haloumi and put over the salad once you served the portions on plates

QUICK DINNER

Simply slice tomatoes, oinions, mozzarella, layer in turns on a big plate
Pour some Aceto Balsamico and Olive oil over it
Throw some fresh Basil leaves on top
And get you some fresh bread—or these really nice potatoes

Posted in Recipes, Summer

My Aunt’s Zucchini Soup

aka Courgette Soup

makes soup for about 3 people

I love to have a heavy sourdough rye bread with my soups

 

1 small or 1/2 medium sized onion

1 clove garlic

3 zucchinis

1/2 tin of chopped tomatoes or 4 medium sized fresh tomatoes

1-2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon rose paprika

1 tablespoon spicy paprika or 1 fresh chilli

3 tablespoons cream cheese or cream

2 tablespoon olive oil

Some Italian seasoning: basil, oregano, crash some black pepper over the soup before serving

 

cut chilli, onion, garlic and fry in olive oil until golden brown

cut zucchini into pieces and throw into the pa, fry until they become glassy

add the tomatoes and spices

let simmer for about 10 minutes

take blender and mix until you have a creamy thick mass

add about 2-3 cups of water (depending on how thick or thin you prefer your soup)

Switch heat off

Add the cream or cream cheese and blend it one more time until cream is well mixed into the soup

 

 

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Summer Pasta Sauce

I recently rediscovered Haloumi, if you do not yet know the salty cheese: you can use it fresh, fried, or cooked in pretty much any way you can think of. The cheese does not melt when you heat it which makes it a good substitute for meat—for the vegetarian in you.

Pasta: make what ever pasta you like recipe is for 2 persons

Sauce

  • 1/2 onion or one small onion
  • 1/2 red chili (or 1/4 green & 1/4 red chili)
  • 100 gr Haloumi
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (by any means if you have fresh tomatoes use about 6-8 medium sized)
  • Fresh basil & Oregano
  • Black pepper
  • 5-7 aglio alla Siciliana  (or 1 glove of fresh garlic)

Tip: My frying pan has a glass coating so I only need a teaspoon of oil. Depending on your pan you may need a little more.

Tip: Aglio alla Siciliana is garlic pickled in oil with crushed chilies. My dad just had send me a couple of glasses and I discovered it works wonderfully in sauces.

Fry the onion & Haloumi until both are slightly browned

Add the chilies and fry for another minute or two

Add garlic, tomatoes and spices

Let simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce if thoroughly heated

Crash some black pepper on top

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Twisted Waters & Lemonade

Here are some of my favourite summer refreshments … pictures will follow later:

Strawberry-Mint Water
Lemon-Lime Water
Lemonade

Strawberry-Mint Water

At the farm we have our own well and very good water so there is tap water all year round. I get sometimes bored with just drinking water. Following I give you some of my summer twists.

  • Fill a 2 liter (2 pint) jug with water
  • Add 5 frozen strawberries
  • 5 peppermint leaves
  • 5 lemon balm leaves
  • and a handful of ice cubes

I prefer to use a glass or heavy crystal jug—This will not only look pretty but is a really nice refreshment during these hazy crazy summer days

Lemon’n’Lime Water

  • Fill a 2 liter (2 pint) jug with water
  • 1/2 (organic or at least fairtrade) lemon
  • 1  (organic or at least fairtrade) lime
  • 1 handful ice cubes

You see I like my water very lemony. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the water, cut the lime into thin slices and add to the water. Throw the ice cubes in and serve.

If you want to turn this into lemonade:

  • Use a 2liter Jug
  • 2 lemons (juice of)
  • Maple Sirup (same amount as the lemon juice)
  • stir thouroughly
  • Top up with 1,5l water and ice cubes

For the lime & maple sirup ration you may want to experiment a little. I don’t like lemonade if it is too sweet and family and friends agree that my ratio of 50:50 (Lemon-Juice:Maple Sirup) is the perfect mix. You may want to experiment a little with this.