All posts tagged: summer

Grilled Peach & Mozzarella Salad

This is a bit of a faff, if I’m honest, but well worth it, for a summer salad that is just a bit different. This recipe is from my Summer Salad feature in NG magazines. Allow 1 peach per person (ish). 3 peaches,¬†2 Spring Onions, handful of chopped coriander, half a teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons¬†honey, half teaspoon lime zest, half teaspoon ground cumin, large pinch chilli powder (to taste), 1 tablespoon Tequila (optional), 2 or 3 tablespoons Olive Oil, 1 pack watercress or rocket, Fresh mozzarella. Peel and chop 1 peach. Cut remaining peaches in quarter inch thick rounds (cut through the stem at top and bottom and then slice sideways-in until just before the stone). Mix together the chopped peach, spring onions and next 7 ingredients (and Tequila if using…go on…) in a food processor, add olive oil to desired consistency and pulse a couple of times until combined. Oil a cold griddle pan and heat to a medium high heat. Brush both sides of the peach rounds with some of the dressing …

A Lovely Talk on Herbs by Rachel Petheram, but remember to wash your Lemon Balm first..

I popped out of the Kitchen once again, on a balmy July evening, to listen to award-winning herb grower and florist Rachel Petheram speak at the School of Artisan Food on the best way to care for and propagate kitchen garden herbs. This year I have in my garden, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Marjoram, French tarragon, Lemon Thyme, Thyme, Catmint, Sorrel and Sage and something which tastes wonderful but I can’t remember what it is. You can’t beat cooking with fresh herbs, can you? Rachel talked us through the medicinal properties of many of these herbs and showed us the compact herb garden at the rear of the School’s kitchen. In the middle of this little herb patch was a huge Lovage plant. I had no idea they grew so tall! Someone in the group suggested a little lovage would go a long way in a Bloody Mary. This I must try. Rachel is an engaging speaker and clearly very enthusiastic about her herbs, many of which she uses in floral arrangements …