Friday, 17 January 2014

Summer's slow roasted beets and bonhomie

Alfresco dining must be one of life's simplest, and greatest joys.
This summer I'm in love with the huge variety of fresh seafood and chilled crunchy salads and vegetables.


My big favourite this year is fresh baby beetroot which I slow roast for a couple of hours with fresh thyme, cloves of garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper and a couple of good lugs of balsamic vinegar.


Baby octopus and calamari are exceptional at the moment.
 I marinate them in olive oil; fresh chillies; crushed garlic; a good grind of fresh pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice for about an hour.
Then I quickly cook them quickly in a hot pan for no more than a minute on each side.
Serve with chunky sour dough bread and chilled white wine.


Add good friends and liberal servings of laughter and bonhomie...
And life doesn't get much better!


Enjoy!
Frannie xx   

© 2014 Francesca Muir




13 comments:

  1. Can you please come and cook the octopus for us tonight!!

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  2. How about you come to me next Thursday Amanda? Fxx

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  3. How absolutely beautiful!! I love the sounds of both of these dishes, and the table setting is wonderful. :-)

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    1. Thank you - please join me any time. F x

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  4. it all looks lovely - and i agree, nothing finer than good food, a glass of wine and a few friends!

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    1. Thank you Pauline - one day we may share a glass of vino together! F x

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  5. Great Mediterranean recipes and an inviting table setting! This is all I love!
    Happy week end!
    Olympia

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    1. Olympia - thank you so much and a happy weekend to you too from Sydney F x

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  6. My mouth is watering! We are in the midst of 'slow cooker' season when soups and stews simmer the winter day away and warm us at night. (I'd rather be dining with you!)

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  7. Jackie come back soon and join me in my little courtyard - a glass of wine awaits you both. Sending you warm wishes from Sydney F x

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  8. I wish I wish - all the above is so appropriate I need say no more! Love

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    1. How lovely your alfresco table setting is - that miraculous blue that reflects the shades of the Aegean - what an artist you are my daughter. Yes soon I hope.

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