For everyone fed up with the grey and gloom.
It's nice when things match don't you think?
These gorgeous little munchies are spiced roasted chickpeas;
500g of cooked chickpeas tossed with 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 teaspoon of spices and 1 teaspoon of crunchy sea salt.
Spread on a baking tray and roast at 220°c (200°c fan oven) for about 40 mins.
I used chilli oil and smoked paprika.
This glowing stew is full of tomatoes, peppers, fish and prawns.
Quick and easy to make.
Soften a chopped onion (or use a tub of veg hash) in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add a couple of cloves of crushed garlic, ½ - 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a generous pinch of mixed herbs and bay leaf. Add a chopped red pepper. Let it cook together for a minute or two.
Add two 400g tins of chopped tomatoes and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Add about 500g of white fish cut into chunks. I used a bag of defrosted frozen fish. Continue to cook for about 10 -15 minutes more. At the last minute add some prawns. As many as you like really. I used 170g of frozen cooked king prawns. You could use raw prawns which will probably be nicer. They take minutes to cook through so be careful not to overcook. I added a handful of black olives at the end too.
Season to taste.
When serving carefully spoon out the fish and the sauce for the one who won't eat prawns or olives.
Then carefully spoon out the fish, prawns and sauce for the one who won't eat olives.
Divide the remaining stew with abandon between the three of you who eat everything.
Be aware that despite this time consuming operation someone will inevitably leave the pepper on their plate.
Serve with focaccia (no, spellchecker I don't mean Fibonacci, good grief) which will be completely devoured.
To make the focaccia (not an authentic Italian recipe)
Mix 500g of white bread flour, 1 teaspoon of easy-blend yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt and half a pint of warm water (280ml). Knead for about 4 mins then leave to rise for an hour and a half before punching down and rolling into a rough rectangle.
Place on a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and herbs. Drizzle on a tablespoon of olive oil smearing it all over. Press your fingertips into the dough making little dimples.
Bake at 220°c (200°c fan oven) for 15-20 mins.
There was also a jelly made from tinned mandarin oranges. I forgot to photograph it which was a shame because it would have been a perfect addition to this post.
Sampler for April. All my photo-samplers can be seen on the sampler page located under the banner picture.
Apologies for yet more pictures of my red and yellow tulips, especially if you have one of my calendars (you'll be seeing more tomorrow). They are the only things flowering in my garden at the moment.