Fed up with my blooming bluebells,( the replacements are in the ground by the way and not looking happy. At all) I turned as I often to do to food. Lovely sunny day food.
This delicious grilled chicken is a very slightly adapted version of a recipe in Nigel Slater's Real Food.
I cut a chicken breast per person into strips and marinated them in a mixture of fresh mint, garlic, red chillies, dried chilli flakes, lemon juice and olive oil. I left them in the marinade for about an hour and a half then grilled them on a ridged cast-iron griddle.
Delicious Grilled Chicken (adapted from Real Food by Nigel Slater)
For 5 people
5 skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
Blend in a food processor
2 big handfuls of fresh mint
4-5 cloves of garlic
juice of 2 lemons (or 3 limes)
2 red chillies, chopped
1 dessertspoonful of dried chilli flakes
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Pour over the chicken and leave for 1-2 hours.
Grill the chicken strips on a ridged griddle or under a hot grill, turning to ensure all sides are crusty and delicious.
This would be great with basil or coriander. Or, you could swap the herbs and chillies for spices, next time I make it I shall use smoked paprika.
And to follow, this lovely refreshing lemon curd ice cream. This was inspired by a recipe on the Ocado website for which I had all the ingredients -lemon curd, yogurt and cream but not the correct quantities. I went ahead and made it anyway using what I had.
Lemon Curd Ice Cream
Makes about 900ml - 12 scoops
Make a few hours ahead to allow for freezing.
200ml lemon curd (I used homemade, recipe here)
200ml double cream
500ml thick natural yogurt (I used homemade but bought Greek yogurt would be good here)
2 tablespoons of honey.
Whip the cream until if forms soft peaks, mix in the other ingredients and pour into an ice cream machine and churn until thick and frosty. Then transfer to the freezer to firm up.
If you don't have an ice cream maker pour it into a plastic or metal container and freeze. Take it out at hourly intervals to beat up the ice crystals.