Thursday, July 1, 2010
The weather has been really fantastic recently - a very unusual occurrence in these parts. The past two years, summer consisted of a good week in May, when we all dashed out and bought wardrobes full of summer gear - followed by wintry weather spent looking longingly at our lovely (and totally unsuitable) clothes, while dressing in warm tops and jeans!!!
Well I have been making hay while the sun shines (so to speak) and doing lots of cooking on the barbecue. These are some burgers I threw together using just lamb, chopped mint and a nugget of feta cheese in the center of each one - yumm, and as easy as you can get.
I served these aubergines with the burgers, they come from Nigella Summer (I've been referring to it alot recently) and were a great match with the lamb. I sprayed my sliced aubergine with olive oil* and then barbecued them - they came out just perfect (aubergine can be very oily if you're not careful). They are stuffed with a mixture of feta, chili, mint, lemon juice and zest - I am using zest every time I use lemon or lime juice since I heard that the zest prevents skin cancer, double win (flavour and health)!
I mirrored these flavours in the salad dressing, mashing up some feta in lemon juice, grated in some garlic and added this mixture to a low fat plain yogurt with a very small amount of olive oil. All in all a pretty healthy meal.
* I have a plastic bottle with a spray top (bought it in Boots Chemist, in the travel section) which I fill with equal amounts of extra virgin olive oil and water. Far cheaper than the "light" oil sprays in the supermarket and zero nasty additives.