Monthly Archives: July 2017

A Little Aside: Roasted Romano Peppers

Perfect as alternatives or additions to the salad accompanying your summer BBQ or roasted meats and fish, these gloriously sweet peppers are simply embellished with a few cherry tomatoes, some herbs, a drizzle and a dash to create a lovely, easy bit on the side!!!

Serves 4

What you need…

1 x baking tray

6 romano peppers, halved lengthways and deseeded

24-ish cherry tomatoes, halved

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tablespoon capers

A dash of red wine vinegar

Sea salt and black pepper

A good drizzle of olive oil

12 thyme sprigs

What to do…

Preheat your oven to 200˚c / 400˚f / gas 6.

Place the peppers onto your baking tray. (I line my tray with foil which is discarded after cooking, leaving a clean baking tray – saves on the washing up!) You may need to balance the peppers against one another to keep them upright.

Into each of the peppers, wodge in as many cherry tomato halves as you fancy. Sprinkle over with garlic and capers and then around ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar per pepper. Season with salt and pepper and then drizzle with olive oil. Share the thyme evenly between the peppers and then pop your oven for about 30 minutes or until just starting to char at the edges.

Serve these effortless, tasty little morsels and marvel at the simplicity of something so tasty!

Inspired by…

Delicious magazine

How easy…

Literally a few minutes to prep before the oven takes over – couldn’t be easier!

Chocolate Cocktail (oh yeah!)

What a fabulous combo: two of my favourite things – chocolate and cocktails! This one is simply divine. Really, it should be sipped elegantly but it’s quite difficult to restrain from the silken, velvety loveliness that is this delectable chocolate cocktail as it glides around your taste buds and slips down the throat. And it’s not sickly and does have that essential gentle ‘kick’! The first batch was checked out with Maddie, which was not received well by Connagh so, being the good mother that I am, a second batch will be consumed this evening! Oh, and chocolate vodka – there’s a thing to behold!

Makes 4 delicious little numbers

What you need…

for the sugar syrup

200g sugar

200g hot water from the kettle

for the cocktail

50g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

175ml vodka

5 tablespoons sugar syrup (made in advance – see below)

40ml brandy

10 cubes of ice

A drizzle of single cream (optional)

What to do…

First, make up the sugar syrup. Tip the sugar into a jug and then pour over the hot water. Use a balloon whisk to dissolve the sugar into the water. Decant into a bottle, cool and then keep in the fridge until required for this and other recipes! It keeps indefinitely.

Also to be prepared in advance is the chocolate vodka. Melt the chocolate in a bowl sitting in a steamer over a saucepan of simmering water. Allow to cool slightly and the tip into a screw top jar with the vodka. Pop on the lid and shake like mad to mix together. Store somewhere cool until required – it keeps for weeks (if left alone!)

To serve, mix the chocolate vodka with the sugar syrup, brandy and ice together, either in a cocktail shaker if you have one or a large jug. Divide equally between 4 martini glasses. Drizzle over a little single cream, if you fancy. Serve, indulge, enjoy. Consider for a moment whether it would be worthwhile creating a large stock of chocolate vodka so that this cocktail is readily available! Cheers!

Tip…

Always keep a batch of sugar syrup in the fridge – it makes life so much easier if you suddenly fancy this or another cocktail, i.e. a mojito – it’s a staple in our fridge!

Inspired by…

Rachel Allen

How easy…

Rather too easy really, but if one is to have bad habits this is a good one to have!