Weekend 6/7th July 2013

The sun has got his hat on and unbelievably I have been able to enjoy him as I had a bonus weekend off! One of my managers had a little calamity which changed my rota considerably in my favour. So to celebrate I made a delicious Saturday lunch:

ImageThis beautiful seafood salad was fresh and vibrant. I sautéed the squid and prawns in garlic and chilli, with a splash of white wine and lemon juice. I had some multi coloured cherry tomatoes from the farmers market for the salad, alongside some radish, red onion and salad leaves. Delicious!

And the yumminess did not stop there! In the evening we wandered along to Hampton in the sunshine and had an Indian meal in Minar. We have had takeaway a few times from Minar so thought we would try it out it to sit in, and how pleased we were as it was absolutely great. The service was spot on, the dining room cool and comfy. But the star of the show is the food- fresh, gorgeously spiced, and not greasy in the slightest. Of course we chose too much food as we wanted to try as much s possible, so with massively full tums we sauntered home.  We will definitely be back, and may try their banquet night to try some different dishes to what we would naturally order.

Poor Colin is at work and not able to enjoy either the sunshine or the Wimbledon final. I know I should feel guilty, but how can I when the sun is shining and all is well in the world! But I have made sure he has been well fed when back from work. Sunday night I marinated a rib of beef in harissa spices for the afternoon, them roasted it over a high heat, charring it on the outside but staying a little pink in the middle- juicy and delicious. To accompany the spicy meat we had some little new potatoes and a carrot salad from Ottolenghi’s Plenty. A tasty end to my bonus weekend off!

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