Nothing Screams Summer in England like Strawberries and Cream – but not quite this way

I turned this classic on its head and then shook it around. May I present strawberry and ricotta salad

My first encounter with these sneaky berries edging over to the dark side was strawberry and black pepper sorbet at a restaurant I worked in. It was delicious and encouraged a successful attempt at cooking strawberries in balsamic vingar (for a cheesecake topping, if I remember correctly). It was on a trip to Barcelona that much to my surprise I found them in my salad!  

 
I didn’t plan this one at all. In fact, I bought the strawberries for topping angel food cupcakes (that’l be the next post folks!) but I decided to chuck a few in my bowl along with the usual suspects: leaves, cucumber, radishes, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I had some ricotta too, which os only a step away from cream really. The whole starwberries and cream thing only just occurred to me! It made a really nice change, gorgeous and summery! Some walnuts would have been perfect. Oh, and I spinkled on some fresh basil from my little basil plant which is battling away in my tiny kitchen. 

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Cheesy Baked Sweet Potato 

 
I LOVE cheese. I baked the sweet potato in halves as it was so big, this results in a crispy layer of flesh which. I gently lifted up and filled with parsley, chedda and feta cheese. Basically what I had to hand. And popped it back in the oven while I threw together my salad – with sugar snaps mmm-m! Simple as can be!  And next to no prep work! All you need is a bit of time while the potato bakes 🙂 

  

Super Healthy, Super Easy Dessert – Silky Smooth Vegan Pannacotta! 

This is literally 100% guilt free! I have a very health concious aunt who triggers my healthy recipes. Mainly by buying the ingredients and lending me her kitchen 😉 not a bad deal at all. I even get a helping hand in the form of my cousin. Not that it was neede for this easy peasy recipe.

Currently she is gluten free and dairy free (mainly, I’m not going to bore you with the details), this dessert is also vegan. Which is perhaps a first for me… Oh, I almost forgot. Its delicious too! 

  

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My Best Veggie Burger to Date: Spicy Hallumi and Portabello Mushroom 

As summer draws closer, the barbecues get pulled out of their sheds and dusted off. Or just set fire to. Barbecues are all about the meat. No one can argue with that. But it doesn’t mean its all doom and gloom if your a veggie! Far from it, I find my veggie contributions often get wolfed down faster than the sausages. Which can be frustrating at times, but I take it as a compliment. Providing I get to eat some of it first!  

  
Today I’m sharing a delicious speedy mushroom burger, I admitedly didn’t actually bbq this one but I’m looking forwar to testing it out at our next one! Mushrooms are excellent for soaking up flavour and are a great quick alternative to making veggie burgers.

 Marinade slices of Hallumi and a Portabello Mushroom in smoked paprika, piri piri grains, salt, peper, olive oil and a dash of soya sauce/ tamari. The longer you leave it the better, but it still packs plenty pf flavour if you bung it all on and cook it straight away, adding the soya towards the end. Fry/Grill/BBQ until the Hallumi is golden and the mushroom slightly soft (I like a bit of bite). Pop it in a bun or a pitta bread with fillings of your choice. I fried some onions too which I had with lettuce and coleslaw.