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Chicken in a sherry vinegar and rosemary sauce.

Chicken cooked in sherry and sherry vinegar

Chicken cooked in a rich sauce of sherry, sherry vinegar and rosemary.

The Sherry and sherry vinegar used in this recipe add a warm complex slightly piquant flavour. Use a good Manzanilla dry aged sherry, or a Tio Pepe, and the best sherry vinegar that you can find. The addition of Rosemary adds depth and a wintery note to the dish.

Like many casseroles it is best made in advance to allow the sherry vinegar to mellow and the complex flavours to develop. Instructions are given in full below. Continue reading

Inspired ideas and versatile recipes for summer courgettes

Courgette Carpacio with Parmesan and Nastrtium

Ribbons of thin courgette lightly dressed with lemon and garlic and tossed together with slices of parmesan and fresh peppery nasturtium flowers.

 

Every Summer its a race against time to pick  the courgettes before they  turn into marrows. I don’t always win. They seem to grow before your eyes from small tender courgette with the flower still attached to massive Marrows that need a very different style of cooking.  I love Marrow and I like to let a few courgettes become mature towards the end of the season, but I do prefer courgettes. I love their raw nuttiness in salads, and cooking them is so quick and easy which is perfect for suppers on hot summer evenings.   We like them sliced and fried in a little olive oil and served sprinkled with flaked sea salt.  Or,  simply steamed and garnished with a handful of fresh garden herbs such as lemon thyme, and a knob of butter.

Below are two further  fresh and simple ideas for using Courgettes.  A raw Carpaccio Salad and a wonderfully versatile and flexible Garden Ratatouille. Continue reading

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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