In summer, peaches are so delicious they require little embellishment. Here, their natural sweetness is enhanced as they are baked and simply drizzled with a light caramel sauce.
Baked Peaches with Rum Caramel Sauce
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 people
Preheat oven to 180C. Put the washed, whole peaches onto a tray lined with baking parchment. Let them bake for around 15-20 minutes. They should be very soft, but still hold their shape.
In the meantime, whisk the sugar in the water in a shallow non-stick pan, and place over medium heat. As soon as the sugar has dissolved, turn up the heat and let the water bubble away so the sugar turns into a caramel. When you’re happy with the colour, turn off the heat and slowly pour over the cream. Set aside and let cool. You can now add the dark rum to taste.
Remove the peaches from the oven and let them cool slightly. To serve, drizzle them with the rum sauce and garnish with your topping of choice.
Homemade is always a good idea when it comes to pickles. Get started now that gherkins are at their best, and enjoy them with your barbecued meat or roast.
Preparation Time: 2 hours
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
First, slice off the ends of the gherkins and wash thoroughly. Then with a sharp small knife or toothpick, prick them several times. In a shallow tray or bowl, cover the gherkins in salt and leave them for 2-3 hours depending on their size. This will draw out the moisture.
Just before the 2-3 hours have passed, put a medium-sized pot over high heat. Once hot, add the mustard seeds and toast them. Keep an eye on them, as they will burn easily. They are sufficiently toasted if they start popping in the pan. Turn the heat down and add the water and vinegar (be careful not to burn yourself when pouring the liquid into the hot pan). Now, add the garlic slices and bring the liquid up to the boil.
While the liquid is heating up, the gherkins are ready to be washed. It’s important to wash off the salt very thoroughly to not make the pickles too salty. It’s best to rinse them and change the water 3 times. Once the liquid has come up to the boil, add a few dill sprigs. Then pour it over the cucumbers.
You can either do this in a bowl and keep them for several days in the fridge; or into sterilised jars and keep them for up to a year. However, the jars need to be sterilised and sealed properly to ensure a shelf life this long. As the liquid needs some time to penetrate the gherkins, it’s best to do this recipe 24 hours in advance.
A lovely, easy idea for a garden party. Light and feathery, these meringues are excellent to finish a summer meal. The recipe comes from Natoora’s friend, London-based caterer Alix Caiger of Caiger & Co. Catering.
Mini Meringues with Seasonal Berries
Makes 70 minis, 12 normal meringues
Line 2 baking sheets with greaseproof paper, and rub with olive oil.
Whip the egg whites until stiff, add the cream of tartar. Start adding the caster sugar 1 spoonful at a time, allowing a pause between each spoonful. Once all the sugar is added, continue to whip until if you rub some mixture you can barely feel the sugar granules. Place into a piping bag, and pipe onto the baking sheet.
Bake at 110 C for 30-40 mins, until crisp on top and on the bases. Decorate with the whipped cream and fruit.
Not just in fruit salads – melon is delicious in savoury salads, too, particularly paired with salty cheese and fresh mint.
Melon Feta Cucumber Salad
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
1 Ripe Italian Melon
50 g Feta or Ricotta Salata
50g Blanched Almonds
1 small bunch Fresh Mint
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice of ½ Large Unwaxed Lemon
Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Cut the melon in half and remove the seeds using a spoon. Place cut side down on a chopping board and slice. Remove the peel from each slice using a small serrated knife, then chop in ½-inch pieces.
Wash and cut the cucumber in half, then slice lengthwise in three slices, then cut each into cubes. Place the cucumber and melon in a salad bowl.
Lightly toast the almonds in a skillet until just fragrant. Add them to the bowl with the melon and cucumber. Season with oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Top with torn mint leaves, toss to combine and finish with crumbled feta or shaved ricotta salata.
The perfect sweet and lightly spicy partner to your barbecued meat.
Nectarine Friggitelli Salsa
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Halve the nectarines, remove the stone and cut in small cubes. Wash and cut the friggitelli lengthwise, remove the seeds, then slice into thin strips. Place the friggitelli and nectarine pieces in a bowl and season with lime juice, salt and pepper. Wash, pick over the coriander and chop it finely. Add it to the bowl with the other ingredients. Halve the chilli and remove the seeds. Mince it finely and to the rest.
Toss to mix, cover the bowl with cling film and allow the flavours to mingle for at least half hour, up to two hours, in a cool dry place. Serve at room temperature.
A decadent weekend breakfast combining the irresistible creaminess of mascarpone with the sweet and lightly tart edge of apricots. A must-try!
Apricot French Toast with Mascarpone Cream
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15minutes
Icing sugar, for dusting
Edible Flowers, for garnishing (optional)
Beat the mascarpone with the grated lemon zest and the sieved icing sugar. Put in the fridge for at least 10 minutes so it sets. Cut the apricots in halves, remove the stones.
Heat a dollop of butter in a non sticky pan on a high heat, fry the apricots cut side down for a couple of minutes, then turn. Sprinkle some cinnamon and Demerara sugar and turn again. Cook for a further couple of minutes trying to get a brownish crust, but not too long or they will get too soft and will lose their shape.
Beat the eggs with the milk and vanilla extract. Heat some oil and butter in a pan, quickly dip the brioche in the batter and fry until golden brown on both sides.
Serve the toasts with the apricots and a dollop of mascarpone, and sprinkle with the toasted almonds. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.
New season, new giveaway! We have three copies of Sam and Sam Clark’s beautiful new cookbook Morito to give away to three lucky winners!
1) Follow Natoora on Twitter: the giveaway is open only to Natoora Twitter followers.
2) Tweet us the dish that you like so much you can’t share with anybody else, the one you can’t have enough of and that make you rather selfish… Make sure you mention @natooracouk and use the hashtags #Moritogiveaway and #TooGoodToShare
3) Expiry date: 15th July 2014
We will pick a winner at random, and announce him/her on Twitter on 21st July, as well as send a Private Message to provide details for sending the prize.
Start tweeting away, we can’t wait to hear all about your #TooGoodToShare dishes!
About the book:
As the little sister of Moro, Morito has been serving delicious and innovative tapas and mezze in the heart of London’s Exmouth Market for over three years, attracting critical acclaim and constant queues. Now, with the publication of the cookbook of this hugely successful restaurant, over 150 simple and seasonal recipes allow Morito’s small plates to be cooked, eaten and shared at home. See a short book trailer to get a flavour for this beautiful new cookbook. Besides the book, you can also download the Free Morito App – it has step-by-step instructions and interactive features including 24 unique recipes, shopping lists, favourites, and an exclusive photography section with Sam and Sam’s recent culinary travels and inspirations, from Spain through to North Africa and the Middle East.
To get you hungry and inspired, here is a recipe extracted from the book – some deliciously spiced bites of aubergines with creamy labneh.
Aubergine and Spiced Labneh with Salmorejo
From Morito by Samuel Clark, Samantha Clark
Place the slice aubergines in a colander, toss with a teaspoon of fine salt and leave for 30 minutes to get rid of excess water and any bitterness.
Dry the aubergines on kitchen paper. Heat both oils on a wide frying pan until hot but not smoking – about 180 C. Add the aubergine slices in a single layer (in batches if necessary) and fry until deep golden brown and crisp on both sides. Remove from the pan and place on kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
400g very ripe, sweet tomatoes
1/2 small red onion, roughly chopped
1/2 green pepper, roughly chopped
40 g breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon Forum Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar, or a good quality aged red wine vinegar with a pinch of sugar
1/2 garlic clove, crushed to a paste with a little salt
150 ml extra virgin olive oil
a few sprigs of mint, leaves finely shredded
Put the tomatoes, onions and pepper in a food processor (or hand-held blender) and blitz until smooth. Pass the puree through a coarse sieve, discarding the dry pulp. Return the puree to the food processor and add the breadcrumbs, vinegar, garlic and a pinch of salt. Turn the processor on and very slowly begin to drizzle in the olive oil. It’s like making mayonnaise; you want the puree and the olive oil to emulsify so it thickens and become lighter in colour. Transfer the salmorejo to a bowl and check the seasoning. If the tomatoes are not sweet enough, you might need to add a pinch of sugar. Chill. To serve, pour the salmorejo into a wide shallow bowl, place the fried aubergines on top and sprinkle with the shredded mint. Eat immediately.
The Natoora twist: you can make this a finger food recipe by topping the aubergine sliced with some of the salmorejo, and finish the dish with a dollop of labneh (as pictured).
Terms and conditions: Open to UK mainland residents only. Entry via Twitter only. Closing date is midnight 15/07/2014. Multiple entries will be counted as one. The prize is non exchangeable or transferable. No cash alternative. Entries from third parties, bulk entries and automated entries will not be included. There will be 3 winners. Prizes will be awarded by Natoora. The winners will be selected at random from all correct entries received by the closing date. Winners will be notified on Twitter by 21st July 2014. If you fail to respond to this tweet by the 28th July 2014, your prize may be forfeited. By entering into the competition you agree to the terms and conditions.
To make the most of British berry season, we have created two recipes – one sweet and one savoury – showcasing the versatility (and irresistible sweet and sour flavour) of berries. Try them now while berries are at their best!
Mixed Berry Madeleines
For the Mixed Berry Sauce:
200g mixed berries, roughly chopped
30g caster sugar
The first step in this recipe is to butter and flour the madeleine baking tin and place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the butter and add lemon peel and mixed berries. Take off the heat and let cool down slightly. Whisk together the eggs, sugar and pinch of salt until creamy and pale. Then sieve in flour and baking powder and carefully fold in until completely combined.
When slightly cooled, use a stick blender to mix the butter with the berries until smooth and pink in colour. Now slowly pour the berry butter into the mixture while stirring with a spatula. Everything should have one consistent colour in the end. When the mix is ready, place it in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
In the meantime, preheat your oven to 220C and get started on the mixed berry sauce. For this, combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook on a medium heat for around 10 minutes stirring occasionally. When done, take off the heat and set aside until needed. Spoon the madeleine mixture into the madeleine pan up to around ¾ of the individual madeleine shapes. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden brown around the edges. Take out of oven and leave to cool.
Serve dusted with icing sugar and with the berry sauce.
Sweet Potato Latkes with Blackberry Salsa
For the blackberry salsa, add all ingredients together in a bowl and add lime juice to taste.
For the latkes, combine the grated sweet potato with the coriander and curry powder and add salt a little at a time. Add the beaten egg and sprinkle in flour. Make sure everything is combined well.
In a large frying pan, heat up a thin layer of vegetable or sunflower oil. Form the latkes in your hand by taking a heaped tablespoon of mixture and flatten it out in your hand. They should hold together but be fairly thin. Layer the latkes in the pan and cook until golden brown and crispy (takes about 2-3 minutes). They should sizzle, but keep an eye on the pan so they don’t burn. Turn and cook for another 3 minutes.
Place the latkes on a tray lined with parchment paper and keep hot in the oven or eat straight away with the salsa and maybe a dollop of yoghurt.
Whilst the season of English peas is in full swing, enjoy this delicious side dish pairing the sweetness of peas with the smoky note of pancetta, and the freshness of mint.
Peas with Speck and Mint
Serves: 2 people
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Melt the butter in a large skillet. If you are using a thick slice of pancetta or speck, cut into small cubes. If you are using thinly sliced meat, simply rip the slices. Add the meat in the skillet and gently fry until crispy, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the peas and fry for a couple more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and with the lemon juice. Finish your dish with roughly torn mint leaves.
A unique take on the classic ham and melon, yet equally refined. Perfect as a summer-y appetiser.
Melon Wrapped in Pancetta
Cut the melon in half and remove the seeds using a spoon. Place cut side down on a chopping board and slice. Remove the peel from each slice using a small serrated knife. Ease the slices on a serving plate.
Wrap each melon slice with a slice of pancetta. Season with black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.