A couple of starters….

I had friends come to stay from Australia on Thursday. I made Lamb Tagine for main, which I have blogged about before. For a starter I did asparagus with mozzarella and prosciutto. Blanch the asparagus for two minutes, then take four per person. Lay two side by side, put sliced mozzarella on top and then top with two more asparagus tips, then wrap with the prosciutto. A bit fiddly but worth it. Then simply fry in olive oil till the mozzarella starts to ooze and the prosciutto has changed colour. Delicious!

For lunch yesterday I made tomato and pepper soup. Roast the tomatoes and sliced peppers in the oven along with olive oil, seasoning and fresh basil, until they are slightly burnt. Fry onions and garlic. Add a couple of pints of chicken or vegetable stock and then some potatoes (to thicken it). Add the tomatoes and peppers. Use a little of the stock to get all the good bits from the roasting pan. Season and boil and then puree – really delicious! We followed this with lots of nice cheeses, ham and salad. A lovely, simple lunch.

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