Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Parma Ham And Burrata Salad With Roasted Peaches...


This vibrant Italian salad makes a wonderful starter or light lunch, perfect to enjoy in the sunshine.

Drizzle peach halves with olive oil, season and roast until they are soft and caramelised. While the peach halves cool, whisk together orange zest and juice, lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning to make a light dressing.

Arrange the peaches, burrata and pea shoots, drizzle with dressing and top with Parma Ham slices.


Serves 4
  • 4 ripe peaches, halved and de-stoned 
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 125g burrata, torn
  • 4 handfuls pea shoots and mixed leaves
  • 8 slices Parma Ham
Dressing
  • Zest and juice ½ large orange
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC.
  2. Lay the peach halves on a baking tray, season and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes until softened and caramelised. 
  4. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
  5. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and season to taste.
  6. Divide and arrange the peaches, burrata and pea shoots between four serving plates, drizzle with dressing and top with Parma Ham.


About this post -

This is a guest post.

No payment was received.

Recipe and photo credit-

Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma
Photography: Steve Lee
Recipe and Food Styling: Dialogue Agency


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Strawberries And Sandcastles...



It just would not be summer without a trip to the seaside. 

Add just a hint of the beach by serving these bite sized British strawberries, dipped in dark glossy chocolate flavoured with just a hint of orange over a bed of crushed biscuit crumbs or press the mixture into mini buckets or dariole tins for a fun take on a sandcastle.


Serves 6

‘Sand’ Biscuits

  • 225g/8oz gluten free flour
  • Large pinch of fine salt
  • 1 vanilla pod, slit lengthways, seeds scraped from pod
  • 55g/2oz icing sugar
  • 110g/4oz butter, diced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2-3 teaspoons water
  • 6 ice cream cones
  • 55g/2oz butter


Chocolate Strawberries

  • 200g/7oz dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Finely grated zest of 2 medium oranges
  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil
  • 500g/1lb 2oz strawberries, chilled



Method

  1. To make the sand biscuit, preheat the oven to 180oC/160oC fan assisted/Gas Mark 4. 
  2. Add the flour, salt, vanilla seeds and icing sugar to a bowl or food processor. 
  3. Add the butter and rub in until fine crumbs. 
  4. Add the egg and just enough water to mix to a soft dough.
  5. Roll the dough out between two sheets of non-stick baking paper, slide on to a baking sheet then chill for 20 minutes.

For the strawberries

  1. Add the chocolate, orange rind and olive oil to a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure that the water does not touch the base of the bowl. 
  2. Heat until just melted then stir until smooth.
  3. Strain the chocolate through a fine sieve into a bowl, if liked then dip the strawberries into the chocolate and put on to a tray lined with non-stick baking paper. 
  4. Put in a cool place to set.


Sand castles

  1. Crush the biscuit and ice cream cones into fine crumbs. 
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, mix in 225g/8oz of the crumbs then pack into 6 small buttered mini buckets or dariole moulds. 
  3. Chill 10 minutes then loosen and turn out on to small plates. Scatter extra crumbs on to the plates then arrange the strawberries on top, adding little flags or plastic spoons if liked.

Cook’s tip

Short of time then cheat and use two bars of your favourite brand of flavoured chocolate.



About this post -

This is a guest post.

No payment was received.

Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Fun Outdoor Activities For The Children This Summer...


A few weeks ago I took part in a twitter party with Matalan and some other bloggers, where we shared our ideas around keeping the whole family entertained on a budget this summer.

#MatalanSummerTips


My thoughts are based around free or spending a few pounds and having lots of fun, having 4 children we are always thinking of fun things to do on a budget.

 Here is my list of 10 outdoor activities to keep the children happy this summer...



1.) We all love Park Run-

 Park run is a free timed 5k race for all the family to join in. You can race, Jog or walk the distance and they have venues all over the UK so check them out to see if there is one local to you. They start at 9am every Saturday morning.

We try to go every week my husband gets a Saturday off work, now me and my 10 year old son has a little friendly competition, he is winning at the minute!!


2.) Nature trail walk -

Write a list of things to look for  on your walk before you go - eg flowers, insect, tree, bees birds dogs. Children can tick them off the list and draw a picture either on the walk or when you get home, a fun way to pass a few hours.

We went for a walk yesterday and was out 4 hours, we forgot out list so had fun taking lots of pictures of interesting things instead.

Find a camera you no longer use, and let your children have fun taking pictures on a nature walk!!

3.) Grow something fun-

Kids love to dig and learn new things. Clear a little garden patch for them and let them grow something fun, pretty flowers a bean stork or something yummy to eat like strawberries.

At the minute me and my daughter are growing beanstalks as we will be going to see Jack and the beanstalk around Christmas time at the theatre.


4.) Set a fun challenge-

We did a challenge a few years ago, we called it "5 parks in 5 hours"  we walked to 5 local parks, had a picnic in each. The children loved this challenge and still talk about it now, we took lots of photos and burned lots of calories.

5.) Car boot sale-

Let the children sort out some old toys and maybe a few old items of yours too? Let them play shop and sell their things on the boot sale. A day out, playing shop and making money so everyone is happy.


6.) Teddy bears picnic-

 Take some food, blanket and teddy's to the park for a teddy bears picnic . Also take some little bits with you for after food. Make daisy chain, paper aeroplanes, blow bubbles or Frisbee to chase.

7.) Feed the ducks-

Its amazing how a few hours can pass by taking a walk or a ride on your bike to your local park. Perhaps feeding the ducks something healthy. Play on the park and stop for a drink at the cafe or just take some of your own and sit on the grass. Lovely.

8.) On the garden-

Children can spend hours of fun on the garden. Water is always a big favourite to pass the time. Padding pools, water bombs, make a fort out of old boxes, make a wig wam, set up tent.

9.) Visit your local forest-

Forests are so much fun, they also keep you cool when its red hot too. Children like to run, climb explore, and play with sticks and pine cones.

10.) Keep a look out for whats going on-

Follow your local town on twitter for fun things to do. I picked a great booklet up from our local train station on everything that is happening near us. Local councils usually have lots of sporting events going on for the children during the Summer holidays.



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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop : Waterfall...

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-Jsthoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...
 

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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Day Out In Lincoln....


Last weekend we took the 2 youngest children on a lovely day out to Lincoln. The children were off school, the sun was shining and there was lots of walking to be done.
 
Our adventure started with a mile and half walk to the train station, first train into Nottingham then whichever train was leaving at the time, be it Matlock, Skegness or Lincoln, we was going out on an fun day to explore. It just so happened the Lincoln train was about to depart so Lincoln it was!!


As soon as we arrive we were tried, with lots of walking already, a few hours train ride it soon wore us out so first stop chips shop some pop and chocolate for some energy to get us up the steep hill!!



It worked the refuel got us up the big hill, wow it is so steep...


Hanging around a cannon, as you do !!


Time for a spot of posing and of course must not to forget to take the label of the pop bottle, ha ha.


Not many pictures of Lincoln Cathedral on this day as they have covered lots of it up as it looks like its getting a clean up .


 


Then the long walk down hill back to the train station. So proud of my little 2 we clocked up around 9 miles of walking that day...

Linking up with~ 

Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Strawberry And Custard Lollies...




Makes 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Freezing time: overnight

Ingredients

400g (14oz) hulled strawberries

150g (5oz) tub readymade custard

Method

Puree the hulled strawberries in a food processor or liquidiser then press through a sieve into a bowl.

Stir in the readymade custard and mix until smooth.

Pour into 6 lolly moulds, add lollysticks and freeze overnight.

To serve, dip moulds briefly in warm water then lift out of the moulds.

About this post -

Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries


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