Category Archives: Summer

Quick Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad with Rice (9929)

Before I start writing a post for this blog, I also browse through my old photos as well as the more recent ones. There’s always a throwback in there which for some reason has either escaped my noticing it, or has lost its turn to be replaced in line with a new recipe or an exciting book review. There’s nothing I like best other than to spend my winter afternoons and early evenings in my study, reading or writing and sipping hot chocolate. In summer I just can’t get my mind to concentrate much. Aprile dolce dormire, the Italians say, dolce dormire roughly meaning a sweet sleep. So while C&T HQ keeps on working on the writing, recipes and other miscellaneous photos, I can spend some time sorting through my archives.

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Image and link to the recipe: Beef Burger

Burger with Grilled Peppers (9936)I don’t know about you but we haven’t used the BBQ in this house yet. I bet you guys are cooking up a storm and grilling to your heart’s content, but I’m doing nothing of the sort. I’m cooking yes, but only because we have to eat, but during these hot days there’s no enjoyment to be found in the kitchen.

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Peach and Chickpea Curry with Noodles

Peach and Chickpea Curry (9137)

I have been meaning to post this recipe for quite a while and I guess there’s no time like the present. It was almost not going to happen, and as I’m writing this it didn’t happen yet. The people upstairs are blasting away at the wall installing their aircon, and now I’ve got Celine Dion blasting in my ears in turn. Thank goodness for noise-reducing headphones! There’s a solution for everything…well, almost. But now I’m back in the game baby and it feels good.

This morning has been rough. I woke up in a tizzy (is that expression still used today?) after taking for ever to sleep, downed some hot chocolate (not a good idea in this heat) before I changed into something other than my pyjamas to visit my mum. A few trips to the grocery store, veggie truck and other errands, and I was knackered. So if you see a typo or two today, please be kind!

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Yogurt with Cucumber, Garlic and Dill

Cacik or Yoghurt with Cucumber Garlic and Dill (9560)

So I promised you I would be back in September. A little later than I had planned originally before J and I moved back to Malta, but better late-ish than never. I am so happy to be back with my blog. I missed writing and I missed cooking. I still miss it to a certain degree to be honest, because only yesterday we managed to set the kitchen up properly, so until then meals were modest and simple. Not that I regret that. The produce here is generally very good and the heat doesn’t make me that enthusiastic to be in front of the stove! I am still getting used to the markets and shops, and the best places to buy ingredients, so I’m finding planning meals to be one of the many little challenges since the big move. I won’t bore you with the details. All I can say is this: it was stressful and I can almost promise myself not to do it again. Ever. Almost. I cannot count how many times we did that and it becomes tougher every single time. Change can be a good thing though.

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Lunch

Lunch (7968)We just had a late-ish lunch, and this is what I had. See? I *can* be good…sometimes. When I took the picture I didn’t add any dressing. I totally forgot about it. When we’re having salad I usually throw everything in one big bowl, mix and we help ourselves, but lately I have been prepping the veggies in different containers and we then add what we want at the table. I know that it might appear a bit of a faff, and I confess that sometimes it is, but for days like today, when I had some time to myself in the kitchen, I decided that in the long run (well, for today and tomorrow at least) it’s easier to keep the veggies separate. Storing them in the fridge separately will keep them fresher for longer and will give me the freedom to use them as they are for cooking if I choose to.

Today my salad had lettuce, watercress, baby spinach, plum tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of tuna chunks, 2 strips of anchovies, Kalamata olives, chickpeas, an egg and some basil on top. For the dressing, I had some ranch today but I usually prefer a simple concoction of EVOO, lemon and a pinch of pepper. It’s Summer. Finally.

Rob x