Alfresco, picnics, BBQ

Pissaladière

Pissaladiere and Thyme

Oven Ready Pissaladière

 

Pissaladière is a ‘pizza’ originating in Niece. The base is traditionally made with a bread dough however for ease and time it can also be made with a good quality all butter puff pastry.

A delicious combination of sweet caramelised onions and salted  fish on top of a crisp base of buttery pastry. This dish can be served piping hot directly from the oven, warm or cold.  The combination of salt and the lightness of the dish makes it perfect for summer dining – serve with a simple salad and a glass of cool larger or wine. Beetroot and sun-blush tomato salad

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Beetroot and sun-blush tomato salad

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Beetroot and sun-blush tomato salad with toasted walnuts and La Tur

A vibrant combination of colour, flavour and texture, this beautiful salad makes a delightful addition to a summer meal or picnic. I make it with my favourite cheese – La Tur, a delicate tasting creamy cheese produced in Northern Italy from a blend of cow, sheep and goats milk. http://culturecheesemag.com/cheese-library/la-tur . However you can use any creamy mild tasting goats cheese. Alternatively,  for a more robust flavour or to make the salad into a meal in itself use a more piquant blue cheese such as Roquefort. Continue reading

Tarragon chicken mayonnaise with grapes

Chicken in a tarragon mayonnaise with grapes

Succulent poached chicken pieces folded into an aromatic tarragon mayonnaise.

 

British summer and time for picnics and alfresco dining whatever the weather!   This delicately flavoured  chicken salad is perfect for  summer entertaining. It is easy to prepare what ever your number of guests and makes a brilliant and unusual addition to a picnic or a buffet table. Continue reading