I tried to do some gardening by cutting and shaping some bushes, cleaning the roses, but had to give up after an mere hour. I was so beaten and bitten.. The mosquitos are annoying as can be.
Later on we decided to eat mostly cold dishes.
This is my plate: roasted vegetables in balsamic vinegar, potato salad with peas, carrots; baby leaf salad with strawberries; roasted bread; garlicy greek yoghurt sauce with herbs.
For potato salad
- 500 g baby potatoes in their jackets - to be peeled and sliced afterwards
- 1 egg
- 2 carrots, diced.
- 1/2 leek, thickly sliced
in a little olive oil just until still crunchy
and sprinkled salt, added
- 1 shot mild vinegar,
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise,
- 1 teaspoon hot mustard,
- 1 teaspoon agave sirup
- 1 very small can peas (did not have any frozen left),
- 2 tablespoons capers
- sliced potatoes,
- 1 chopped hard-boiled egg
For the pickled vegetables
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- 2 red peppers, cut into pieces
- 1 red onion, cut into wedges
After 3 minutes I added:
- 2 sprigs rosmary and 3 sprigs thyme
- 2 crushed garlic gloves
I tossed the than still a little crunchy vegetables with a little balsamic vinegar and salt and let this sit in the fridge over night.
For baby leaf salad
- 1 bowl baby leaves
- 1 handful small strawberries (very sweet wild strawberries)
- 2 young spring onions
- 1 teaspoon coarse seed mustard,
- 1 teaspoon honey,
- 1 tablespoon dark roasted sesame oil,
- 1 teaspoon mild vinegar,
- 1 good pinch salt,
and tossed it all together.
1 stirred a cup greek youghurt with 1 minced garlic glove, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/2 cup chopped herbs (chives, parsley, lemon balm, mint) , salt, pepper and a small pinch cumin to taste
And we decided to get the BBQ-grill going:
- pork belly in curry dry rub (rub with coarse curry powder)
- small pork steaks (neck) with herb rub (just cajun seasoning with dried thyme, rosemary)
I had one small steak. Most of the meat can be eaten tomorrow, cold, with salad again because tomorrow will be another hot and humid day.
I have to keep my baby salad (growing in a raised bed) under wire because the birds always try to eat the young leaves. They know what is really tasty.