One of my favourite barley recipes is using it in a salad. It is of course not gluten free and if you are following a gluten free diet, swap with quinoa. On tv I used 250g of barley to add volume to the recipe if feeding a large crowd.
‘This one-pot roast with fennel potatoes and bite size boneless chicken pieces can be prepared in 5 minutes, then roasted in the oven for 55 minutes making a fresh meal in an hour. You can barely distinguish the chicken from the potatoes after they are cooked and they are also delicious served cold on toothpicks with drinks. In Malta roasted fennel potatoes … Read More Roasted fennel potatoes and chicken bites
‘This is my kind of meal. I enjoyed every spoonful after our programme. I will use the pesto of cashew and fresh coriander as a dip with poppadums tomorrow. Try to keep the cauliflower soup as white as possible as the contrast is striking. I like to boil the onions and garlic for my soup rather than frying them. The sweetness comes out and … Read More Cauliflower Coconut Soup with fresh fennel leaf and coriander pesto
How do you get more of the crunch and leave them so soft that they melt-in-your-mouth at the same time? Everyone loved these and you will need: 300g potatoes, chopped with skin on 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons uncooked couscous 1 teaspoon fresh or dried herbs [optional] 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds Sea Salt Prepare an oven dish by greasing … Read More Crunchiest Potatoes and still soft inside [with sesame seeds, fennel seeds and couscous]
A very cold Mediterranean January calls for more soups on the menu and the delicate anise flavor of this one is delicious. I use spelt couscous and although did not notice a difference in flavor or texture, it is lower in gluten content than regular couscous. For the soup, you will need : 1 fennel bulb, chopped, keep aside the fennel leaves 1 medium … Read More Fennel Soup with Spelt Couscous
I love the mix of flavors in this salad and the textures. Imagine mouthfuls of crunchy aromatic fennel and fleshy soft strawberries with the distinct bitterness of the arugula. 1 punnet arugula leaved 4 large strawberries half a bulb of fennel olive oil balsamic vinegar freshly ground pepper and sea salt Arrange the arugula leaves on a serving plate. Slice the strawberries lengthwise and … Read More And more strawberries with a fennel and arugula salad
I am sharing the recipes for my favorite Easter meal to be repeated again at lunch time tomorrow. As much as I like variety and experimentation with new ingredients, I seem to stick to the same meals for family occasions and I guess it is all about familiarity and wanting to eat your favorite things during the holidays. I love bee pollen scattered on … Read More My favorite Easter lunch… Leg of Lamb and Roast Potatoes with Bee Pollen, fennel and mint
I picked grapes this week and could not help noticing that fresh fennel grows all around the grapes. This inspired me to create a grape and fennel jelly with port that is delicious served with cheese and I am sure it will also be great with meats like lamb. I served the jelly yesterday with Manchego and local sourdough, a good Mediterranean Ploughman’s. The … Read More Mediterranean Ploughmans with homemade Grape Port and Fennel Jelly