Saturday 24 May 2014

Tasty, Healthy Mezze for a light lunch with friends or family

Tasty lunch for some of our closet friends

So, I had a lovely time on Saturday with some friends at home and some nice, tasty food. When cooking for a few people, I like to make a large selection of food that can be put in the middle of the table and then everybody can take what they like and leave what they don't! That way, you have a marvelous spread, a nice busy table and also some good interaction with people - even if it is just 'pass the salt'.
I stupidly didn't photo all the food I made, but I did do a little. Here are some of the recipes of the food that I did, nice and easy :) My favorite way!
I also did 2 whole chickens roasted with garlic, rosemary and lemon, my spicy sweet potato wedges, a big loaf of warm bread and a simple green salad. The sun had his hat on! What a lovely weekend :)

Char grilled Peppers and Courgettes

  • Simply slice up the courgettes lengthways - relatively thin.
  • Grill on a hot griddle pan until nice and tiger striped
  • Drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of salt
  • Do the same for the peppers- slice them in long strips and place on the hot griddle pan
  • Once nice and charred, drizzle over a little extra-virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and some fennel seeds
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
  • One of my fav things ever! place your tomatoes into a baking dish and drizzle over some balsamic glaze, salt, pepper, honey and mixed herbs
  • Bake in the oven at around 200 degrees for about 45mins to an hour - carefully stirring occasionally
  • Serve with an extra drizzle of balsamic glaze
Miso Baked Aubergines

  • Slice the aubergines into quarters lengthways
  • Brush over some miso glaze mixed with a little garlic infused oil
  • Bake in a hot oven for about 60 minutes
  • Serve with a sprinkle of chopped red chillies, crispy onions, salt, fresh chopped mint and parsley
  • Finish with a drizzle of the balsamic glaze
Caprese Salad

  • Super Easy! Slice the beef tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella and arrange on a plate in alternate colors
  • Sprinkle over some fresh basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper - Finito!! :)


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