Simple Lemon Herb Sauce (that goes with lots of things) (4)

Fantastic no-cook sauce that goes with so many things – I have drizzled it over fish and I have mixed it into rice; I intend to serve it with chicken and to use it with zucchini noodles. So easy to make and only a bit of chopping required (and less so if you freeze left over chopped parsley and lemon zest which I do when if I more than I need for a recipe).

1 tbsp. fresh parsley – finely chopped

1 tbsp. fresh oregano – finely chopped

1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Zest of 1/2 a lemon – grated

1 large garlic clove – grated

3 tbsp. extra virgin oil oil

Salt and lemon pepper, if possible, otherwise freshly ground black pepper

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Red Peppers Stuffed with a Tomato Mixture and Topped with Griddled Halloumi Cheese (4)

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Rather a mouthful of a title but an apt description of the recipe. The red peppers are roasted in the oven and during that time the tomato mixture is cooked on the top of the stove in a skillet and the halloumi cheese is prepared, if possible, on a ridged frying pan which gives the cheese a nice striped look. When all three components are ready it is time to assemble the dish. Spoon the tomato sauce into the red pepper half and top with the griddled halloumi cheese (I can tolerate sheep’s halloumi cheese, if you can’t then omit). Can be a side dish or a vegetarian main.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2 red peppers – halved lengthways, de-seeded and de-membraned, brushed inside and out with olive oil and seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound of ripe tomatoes – skinned

1 tbsp. olive oil seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 large cloves of garlic – grated

1 tbsp. fresh basil – finely chopped

1 tbsp. fresh oregano – finely chopped

4 slices of Halloumi cheese

Place the red peppers in the oven on a baking tray for 3/4 hour until tender .

While peppers are cooking, boil kettle of water and pour over the tomatoes. Leave for a minute and slit skin with a knife (it should curl up and then you know it is ready to peel).

When peeled, dice the tomatoes.

Ten minutes before the peppers are done place seasoned oil in a skillet and when nicely hot add the garlic and cook just until you can smell the garlic.

Add tomatoes and herbs and let simmer until peppers come out of the oven.

At the same time place the slices of halloumi cheese on a hot griddled pan and cook for a short time on each side until you have nice brown griddle marks.

Divide tomato mixture up between the four pepper halves and top with a slice of halloumi.

Serve immediately.

A Greek Way with Lamb Chops (4)

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Imagine gathering the flavors that to me conjure up Greek food – lamb, black olives, tomatoes, potatoes, lemon, oregano, feta cheese – and tossing them all together then cooking them in the oven in a large baking dish until the meat is tender and juicy, the potatoes a little crisp, the tomatoes bursting with juice. Dinner party worthy.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

4 x loin lamb chops

1 large onion – sliced

2 large cloves garlic – roughly chopped

8 oz. baby tomatoes – halved

2 oz. black olives – pitted and cut in half

12 oz. new potatoes – cut into 1 inch chunks

1 tbsp. each of fresh oregano, thyme, parsley – finely chopped

Juice of half a lemon

3 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 oz. feta cheese – cut into small cubes (optional – I can eat this as it is made from sheep’s milk. I can’t tolerate cow’s milk)

Place the lamb chops in a large baking tray.

Put the tomatoes, olives, potatoes and herbs in a large bowl.

Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and pour over the vegetables. Stir well, cover and leave to marinate for half and hour.

Place vegetables around the lamb chops and cook for an hour – check every so often and give veg. a stir.

Add feta cheese (optional) and serve.

Turkey Meatballs on Top of Potatoes, Tomatoes and Zucchini with a little Goat’s Cheese (4)

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The potatoes and turkey meatballs are pan-seared before they are placed in a pre- heated, ovenproof dish. Fresh parsley and oregano are added both to the meatball, breadcrumb-free mixture and scattered over the other veg. Cut the zucchini into 2 or 3 inch long, thin batons. Prick the baby tomatoes so the juices spill out. as they cook.

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

3 tbsp. olive oil

3/4 pound zucchini – cut into 2 – 3 inch batons

1/2 pound baby tomatoes – pricked with a fork

1/2 pound new potatoes – cut into halves or quarters, depending on their size

2 tbsp. fresh parsley – finely chopped

2 tbsp. fresh oregano – finely chopped

1 pound ground turkey

1 large shallot – finely chopped

1 egg – whisked with a fork

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Goat’s cheese crumbles

Place zucchini batons and baby tomatoes in an ovenproof dish, add 1 tbsp. each of parsley and oregano and toss with 1 tbsp. oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Heat 1 tbsp. oil seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper in a skillet and when sizzling add the potatoes. When browned remove from the skillet and add to the bowl with the other vegetables and toss again.

In another bowl thoroughly mix together the ground turkey, shallot, the remaining parsley and oregano and the whisked egg. Season with salt land freshly ground black pepper and shaped into smallish meat balls.

Heat 1 tbsp. seasoned oil in a skillet and when sizzling add the meatballs and brown. Then remove from skillet and place them on top of the vegetables.

Cook in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes – ideally the tomatoes want to be bursting. Remove dish from the oven and sprinkle with goat’s cheese crumbles.