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Over the bank holiday we had a delicious meal with my family with trout caught by my little brother.  You may remember this post back in May when he caught me a trout for my birthday which we barbecued on one of the only warm summer evenings we’ve had this year!  Well, my mom had three that he’d caught when we went to visit for the weekend.

My mom and I served the trout with a herb butter, garlic roasted smashed potatoes, grilled tomatoes and green beans.  The locally caught trout were cooked simply in the oven covered in foil.  I disappeared into my mom’s garden to gather up a selection of herbs to make the herb butter – chives, thyme, sorrel, oregano, mint – you could use any mixture you wanted.  I also picked a couple of calendula flowers and snipped the petals into the mixture, this flecked the herb butter with vibrant orange streaks. 

The butter is easy to make – simple whip up some softened butter, add in the chopped up herbs and optional edible flowers, add a good amount of black pepper and salt.  Add a dollop of the herb butter to your cooked trout and watch as it melts and oozes down over the delicate pink flesh.


My mom’s garlic roasted smashed potatoes were delicious – the softness of crushed potatoes, the crispy bits that had been roasted, and all of it infused with a yummy mild garlic flavour.  Simply parboil your peeled potatoes.  Drain and roughly mash up – just to break them up a bit.  Pop the smashed potatoes into an ovenproof dish, sprinkle over some minced garlic, a couple of sprigs of rosemary, and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Bung in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes until the potatoes are cooked and slightly crispy on top.



As I mentioned in a previous post we recently spent the weekend with my family.  My family (myself included) have notoriously different diets: my little sister is a vegetarian (but eats marshmallows…naughty naughty), my dad is gluten intolerant, my mom eats fish but not meat, and my little brother is, well quite fussy, but likes his bacon, ham and sausage. 

So finding a meal that everyone can enjoy is quite a challenge.  Risotto is often a good bet (the little brother still struggles with this a bit).  But as it was my birthday weekend, so it was about everyone enjoying their food, so we decided to make our own pizzas and let everyone choose their own toppings.  My dad was supposed to buy himself some gluten free pizza bases, but he rebelled saying they taste like cardboard (I don’t doubt they do) and that some things were worth it – homemade pizza base being one of them.

We use Jamie Oliver’s pizza dough recipe from his Jamie’s Italy book.  You can find the recipe together with my simple tomato sauce recipe here.  We put together a whole range of toppings and laid them out on the counter top for people to help themselves to.  These are the resulting pizzas:

The little brother’s ‘meat feast’ pizza: German salami and roast ham


Notice the token piece of greenery…


The little sister’s ‘veggie delight’: grilled peppers, aubergine and courgettes


The little sister decided the little brother had more cheese, so after it came out of the oven she grated lots more cheese over it.


Dad’s ‘absolutely everything’ pizza: grilled peppers, aubergine and courgettes, German salami, and Parma ham


But he wasn’t finished there, no, once cooked he then added…rocket, basil, Parmesan shavings AND truffle oil!


Mom’s pizza was the same as the little sister’s but she added a smattering of rocket leaves and basil oil just before eating:


My ‘classic’ pizza (classic in that it’s what I always make): a basic margherita topped once cooked with ribbons of Parma ham and a scattering of rocket


N was the last to make his pizza, so by this point I was tucking into my pizza and had no time to take pictures.  The little brother said he thought it was the best pizza he’d ever had, better even than Pizza Express (from him that’s saying something).  So if you haven’t made this pizza dough yet, do – it has the little brother’s seal of approval.

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