Thursday, 2 June 2011

When life gives you lemons.....make lemonade!

Continuing on my quest to rid myself of this summer cold, I have decide to fight fire with fire and raided the fridge for my stock of lemons.  I am never without a bag of lemons - they are so versatile and wonderful for you.  Hot lemon and water first thing in the morning, adding a slice to any cold beverage and a squeeze over your salad and fruit salad is divine. 

Here is a simple recipe that is so easy to follow, you could almost do it blindfold.  (Except for the heating hot water bit - I wouldn't do that blindfolded.  That would just be plain silly)

Easy Peasy Lemonade

There are so many wonderful things about summer, but for me the best part is the excuse for tall glasses of refreshing drinks.  And none is more refreshing than home made lemonade.  This recipe is so simple and truly delicious - you will be keeping stock in your fridge before you know it!

Makes just over 1 litre.

Juice of 4 lemons
100 gm sugar
600 ml water (plus an additional 400 ml of water for later)

Simply add the sugar to the 600 ml of water and heat over a low heat, stirring all the time until the sugar has dissolved.  Bring near to the boil and remove from the heat.

Add the lemon juice and remaining 400 ml of water.

Allow to cool and then serve in long tall glasses with ice.

NB:  You can sieve the lemon juice first to remove the pith if you wish for a smoother drink, or keep the pith in the mixture for a more authentic, cloudy lemonade drink.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Summer Colds and Mini Burgers

It is a well known fact then when you send your children out into the big wide world of playgroups and nurseries, that they bring home with them a myriad of germs and diseases, the like of which you have not seen since your own youthful days.  Most of the time, a parent's immune system will be hearty enough to fight off these dastardly blighters, but every so often, the late nights, disturbed sleep, early starts and general ageing will get you and you will be wiped out by that little chap - the common cold.  Now is such a time for me.  Summer colds are rotten.  A mix between hayfever and flu, I seem to be endlessly wiping not only my children's noses, but my own too.

So as to fight off my desire to lie on the sofa all day and do some arm-chair parenting, I decided to cook up something new for dinner.  I grew up in the Far East and absolutely love Asian food.  Anything with even a hint of it and it feels like comfort food to me, so for dinner I dug out the Teriyaki sauce, a few simple vegetables and herbs, and came up with the following delightful treat.  it even contains Ginger, which is a great healing food.  Yum!

Makes 4 Mini Burgers

200 gm Chicken fillet
2 Spring onions, roughly chopped
1 Tbsp fresh coriander, roughly chopped
1 Tbsp Teriyaki sauce
1/2 cm Ginger, skin sliced off.

Whizz all the ingredients together in a food processor, until thoroughly blended.

Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a frying pan at a medium heat.

Dust your hands with a little flour and then make up 4 mini burger patties out of the mix.

Place in the frying pan and cook for 15 - 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes so as to cook evenly throughout.

Serve with a side salad, cooked vegetables or with a little cheese in a mini bap.