This blog post is one I’ve been meaning to do for a while, using a few recipes from a great book I won at work! With a few colleagues we had a really nice picnic in the park and all brought different dishes. There was a prize for the most creative/colourful dish and my spicy couscous recipe won!!!
I had some free time today, so randomly selected 3 recipes as well as using some leftovers from a dish I cooked last night 🙂 I prepared them pretty much all at the same time but I will try and put some separation in here so it’s easier to follow and to group the many pictures in this veritable feast!
Broad beans with cheese and prawns
To start this recipe off I boiled 6 large shell-on prawns for 8 minutes and in the meantime chopped half a block of edam cheese (the recipe said gruyere but I went with edam) and boiled the broad beans (whole pods with the edges trimmed and then chopped into large pieces) with some dried thyme in the water for 7 minutes.
Once they were both done I let them cool before peeling and deheading the prawns and adding to a bowl with the cheese.
I then added a bit more thyme to a bowl and mixed with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 4 tablespoons of olive oil and some salt and pepper. I then poured this sauce over the prawn, bean and cheese mixture and served.
Aubergine and pepper dip
Luckily I got an array of aubergines in my organic veg box this week so this recipe was perfect to make some headway into them!
I pricked two aubergines with a fork, along with a red pepper, drizzled in olive and oil and baked in the oven for 45 minutes. You will see the picture below also shows roasting garlic which is for the next recipe!
Once they were cooked, I let them cool a little and then peeled the aubergines and chopped the flesh into large pieces. I removed the seeds from the pepper and also cut this into large strips before cooking in some oil with the aubergine for 5 minutes.
I then added them to a blender along with 1 tablespoon of coriander, half the juice and rind of a lemon, half a teaspoon of paprika and some salt and pepper and mixed to a puree. I served the puree on bread but I do think this dip would be better with tortilla chips or something similar.
Potato wedges with roasted garlic dip
For the final dish here (although I did start this first as the potatoes took the longest to cook!), I halved potatoes and then cut the halves into three. I drizzled over some olive oil, some salt and also one crushed clove of garlic. Then I put them on a baking tray and cooked for 1 hr 15 mins.
While the potatoes were cooking, I used the cloves of garlic I had roasted from before (1 garlic bulb, separated into cloves, drizzled with olive oil on 200 degrees for 25 mins) now they were cool. I removed the skin and mashed until relatively smooth. I added them in a bowl with 1 pot of natural yoghurt and 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and seasoned with salt and paprika. Then I covered the bowl with clingfilm and put in the fridge to chill while the potatoes continued cooking.
I did reduce most of the ingredients with the intention of being able to serve 2 but we have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow so I would say all of the above would serve 3-4 people.
I enjoyed making all the recipes and was certainly good to make some headway into my tapas cooking experience. I guess I’m still a bit of a whole dish kind of person so it’s good to extend my repertoire a little further!
And as for the favourite dish… it was probably the potato wedges with the roasted garlic dip! Really tasty, quite easy to prepare, really enjoyed the crunch of the potatoes with the freshness of the dip! All were good though and definitely will be repeated.
A big thanks to my work colleagues for letting me win and to Noa for choosing this great prize 🙂
Finally, I wanted to make a brief mention of the fourth dish as although it wasn’t from the book, it did accompany this tapas lunch as well as making a tasty dinner last night! It was vegetable and salmon bake; another recipe from the BBC. Really creamy and tasty and a definite recommendation!
The one lonely picture from today (it wasn’t intended to be a blog post but was too delicious not to mention!):