I have been cooking a lot.
Asparagus and Artichoke Salad with Poached Egg
This salad was just delightful; I roasted the asparagus in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper and sea salt for 6-8 minutes; it comes out perfectly cooked and so tasty. I tossed the artichokes in there half way through with some dried mint and added both to the salad of olive oil, honey and balsamic dressed leaves, Iberico ham, goat's cheese and cucumber topped with a poached egg. A salad fit for a queen.
Cupcakes for Jo
Pan-fried Salmon with sesame oil, linseeds and salad
Artichoke and Iberico Ham Salad with Parmesan
I have also been running around like the proverbial blue-bum fly trying to pack it all in in time for school finishing which was last week. When the last day came, it was a blessed relief! The kids played in the park with their friends; the park throbbed with mums, dads and kids having picnics, riding their bikes, playing on the swings.....the sun shone and we all exhaled, knowing we had 7 weeks of holiday time with the kids to look forward to. I say we all exhaled; some will hold their breath for the entire 7 weeks, some will be ok for the first 4 until they find they want to run away screaming to the hills and some will just grin and bear it...e.ach to their own; right now I'm happy.........!
I want my holiday to begin NOW!
We went on holiday to Crieff Hydro and then Alton Towers, the biggest theme park in the UK; again, the sun shone and the kids had a ball.
Crieff Hydro with sis and niece
Beautiful view over Crieff
Feeding them grass
Hydro Reception...happy to be there!
Entering Alton Towers
One of the tamer rides!
On holiday we had salads, haggis, fajitas, creme brulee, hotdogs, hotpots, steak sandwiches and lots of fruit and wine! Pretty tasty fayre, all in all.
On our return journey, we stopped off at Morecambe Beach;
Jumping for Joy!
It's always good to be home.
Roast chicken with lemon and thyme
On coming home, we cooked up a roast chicken, stuffed with lemon and thyme, Jersey Royal potatoes drizzled with olive oil, butter and sea salt, roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli and baby sweetcorn, peas and green beans coated in pesto...a new discovery and really delicious.... rice, gremolata breadcrumbs (toasted breadcrumbs with parsely, lemon rind and garlic), gravy made with the juices from the pan with a glass of champagne added and reduced. A lovely home cooked meal.
Crepes stuffed with Nutella and banana, topped with icing sugar and ice cream from the local Italian cafe. Mmmmmmm.
And now I try and redeem myself for the rest of the week; roasted tomatoes drizzled with pesto on Ryvita.
Today, I make Whoopees for the first time; they're just out of the oven, the first batch going to Val's house today...watch this space for results. They have been cooked in the USA for some time now and have come to these shores, looking to dethrone the cupcakes crown. A cross between a cake and a cookie, sandwiched between a layer of vanilla buttercream, they may just do that very thing.