...is one of my favourite cookery books. There are now plenty of recipes I use that summer just doesn't seem complete without now.
Today we had the best Greek Salad, although I left out the fennel because I was trying to feed us all economically and just use what I had in the fridge. It was a shame really, because the fennel adds a nice freshness to the salad. I didn't have a Romaine lettuce either but the one that came in my veg box was nice and crispy anyway. I also had 2 bags of baby spinach so I made Jamie Oliver's Italian spinach and ham flan from this book and I can report that it was absolutely delicious. Add to that a potato salad, a raw courgette salad and some freshly cooked beetroot and it was a wonderful al fresco lunch.
Oh, and there was bread. Freshly baked this morning from the Ottolenghi Cookbook. Cut up into chunky wedges and dipped in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, it was good. Very good. It requires you to start it the day before you want to bake it, but is so worth the wait and all being done in my KitchenAid, there is no arm-aching kneading.
For pudding it was Vanilla Shortbread with strawberries and some thick Jersey cream. As a treat for the children, I also made Sophie Dahl's Clover's Carnation Milk Jelly but the truth is, the adults didn't really let them get a look in! It was dead easy, just melt a jelly (I used strawberry flavour) with some hot water then when it has cooled add a large tin of Carnation evaporated milk and allow to set. I absolutely love evaporated milk!
I love leisurely summer lunches outside...