Now as I said in my last recipe post I am more mastermess than masterchef, and I am far more into the eating rather than the making of food! That being said in the last few years I have tried my best to get into making more than just pasta and pesto and beans on toast. One of the reasons for this has been realising how much I like eating in groups with friends. I love food that you can lay out for a whole load of people to tuck into and summer is definately the season for sharing. So with the temperature up and fun to be had the last thing you want is to be in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove all night, so here are my ideas on some quick and easy recipes. Maximum flavours for mimimum effort is key
I am going to get the dessert done first as it is something that will take a few minutes for you to prepare and you can pop it in the fridge to chill while you set about making your main. I took my ’Superdrugloves Easy Shortcake’ idea from a fab website I lie, Great little Ideas. It has amazing recipes for lots of commonly used ingredients in your house that are all simple but tasty. I chose this for dessert as it is easily put together and you can customise it how you like. Here is how I made mine:
- crushed biscuits eg digestives, shortbread etc
- Ambrosia custard
- washed berries of any kind
- chocolate, icecream sauces or anything else you want to top with.
- Place as many biscuits as you think you will need in a sandwich bag, remember to seal to stop the crumbs going everywhere.
- Use a rolling pin, empty bowl or anything heavy to gently break up the biscuits into little crumbs.
- Pour the broken up fine crumble into tall glasses or what ever you would like to serve your ‘Superdrugloves Shortcake’ in.
- Pour your cold custard on top of the crumble layer, not too thick a layer as it will be difficult to set.
- Be smug about how easy but tasty your pudding is!
- Artistically (!) squirt a little sauce around the top of your pudding.
- Place your berries/chocolates/ what ever you fancy on top for decoration.
- Place into the fridge to set for at least half an hour.
Then whenever people are ready after your fahitas have gone down, you have yourself a tasty, indulgent summer fruity pudding. YUM! I made mine into glasses that were a little big but these look so cute in little tumblers, bowls and with whole srawberries on top or with different layers of biscuits, fruit or chocolate inside!
Now time to make your Fahitas H2T (named simply because no matter what type of fahitas I have I get them all over me from head to toe!) These are a great summers dinner because you can make them out of pretty much any veg and or meat you have in the house. All it takes is some chopping and you can leave it to cook and season to taste. Served up in a huge wok means people can help themsevles to as much as they like, and people making up their own fahita means less work for you! So here are some I made earlier:
- a range of vegetable, peppers, onion, courgette, aubergine, spring onion, mushrooms
- chicken or beef if required,
- olive oil for cooking.
- a rangoe spices dependant on taste
- baked beans
- cheddar cheese
- garnishes such as guacamole, sour cream etc
- Gather all your ingredients together, a good mix fo veg and or meat is great.
- Organise the spices you want to make to season your mix.
- Put in a small amount of each spice until you reach a taste to your liking ( you can of course just grab a pre made mix from the shops!) You can then pour any left over mix into an old spice tub and then you have a pre made fahita mix for next time!
- Chop all your veg, use as uch as required depending on how many are eating.
- Make sure you are still having fun!
- Have someone else chop the onion if you don’t want your mascara to run!
- Heat a small amount of olice oil in a pan on medium heat.
- Fry your vegtables, stirring as you go.
- Place your wraps on a microwave proof plate and heat for one minute.
- Pour in your pre made spice mix.
- Stir the mix thrugh your ingredients.
- Grate cheese into a bowl and organise any sauces you want.
- My secret ingredient- heat baked beans in the microwave
- Set your table and your fahitas will be ready to serve!
All the food took under half an hour to prepare and tasted delicous, we certainly enjoyed it I hope you enjoyed my turn at Come dine with me, Now off you go and score my work in the taxi on the way home ( or in this case in the voting stars above!!)
Happy summer cooking everyone, why not give some of the insiders recipes a try this weekend?