I love my tagine dish – it was given to my husband and I as a wedding present. If you don’t have one, you can easily use a large pot with a lid.

 

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Chicken, Green Olive and Preserved Lemon Tagine - recipe

Christmas is just around the corner and I am already starting to dream about all that delicious Christmas ham. Last year I ate it for a week and did not get sick of it as it was such good quality. To accompany your ham, you can't go past my Lucy's Foods Spiced Apricot Chutney. They are a match made in heaven. Have it with your Christmas lunch and for leftovers, fry the ham and have the chutney on the side along with a little mustard - it's the simple pleasures in life! Another amazing way to have the Spiced Apricot Chutney is on sandwiches. Here I have made some quesadillas - basically, 2 tortillas wraps with a little seeded mustard on each, along with apricot chutney, slices of ham and cheese, placed together and fried in a little extra virgin olive oil on each side. Allow to rest for a few minutes before cutting to avoid them falling apart. Serve with a little salad; it makes an amazing lunch!

 



I have been so lucky of late with friends and family giving me home grown figs from their trees. Oh my, they truly are the fruit of the Gods. Admittedly I have been using the majority of figs to go into paste for my Lucy's Foods  venture which I am in the process of getting started but there are other so many truly delightful things that you can do with figs. A simple recipe which I posted here some time ago is this lovely Fig and Marcapone Bruschetta - Recipe. It makes a wonderful appetiser and is perfect for vegetarians.



I know that summer is just around the corner when I see stone fruit in the shops. The nectarines are particularly good at the moment and so I have put them to use in this nectarine and almond tart, otherwise known as frangipane. I have to point out here people that the almond paste, frangipane is pronounced "frangipan" and not frangipani (which is infact a flower) as most people think. Nevertheless it makes a great sweet treat and is also very easy to make.

Nectarine and Almond Tart - recipe