Summer is here, yay! Let’s hope it is here to stay.
Summer for me, conjures up the thoughts of dining outdoors, barbecues with delicious salads and fresh meals that are simple to prepare, colourful to look at and downright tasty to eat. I also find it fun to have a go at preparing meals from far away countries, it’s a way of bringing that warm, sunny country into my home.
I find that my passion to travel, see new places and try new foods has an influence on the meals I prepare at home; for example our recent holiday in Lanzarote inspired a delicious paella when we returned home. Another evening we decided to eat tapas. In this video Jo Pratt shows you how to make Pan Fried Prawns and Chorizo Tapas.
Recently I spent an evening in the company of celebrity chef Jo Pratt along with my fellow James Villas colleagues at a press event in London. James Villas like to encourage healthy, fun eating and together with Jo Pratt have come up with lots of recipes inspired by their holiday destinations; recipes that are easy to prepare whilst on a villa holiday or at home. #MyHolidayDish
The wonderful thing about this collection of recipes is that Jo has used products from the various destinations too, for example a souvlaki from Cyprus, fish from Rhodes and tapas of course from the Spanish destinations.
This particular evening we focused on a Baked Spiced Fish recipe with Beans and Greens and a Grilled Halloumi Kebab with a wonderful tomato salad to go with it.
I had my bloggers hat on and joined in alongside the press and bloggers invited along to watch Jo prepare the first dish of Baked Spice Fish with the green bean salad recipe.
Jo kept it very simple and it was easy to follow her steps as she prepared.
We were then split into groups of four and each group had a work station with all the ingredients set out. I was working with Alison Watson from Primary Times and Emily Nash from Hello magazine, who I later discovered over dinner was the royal correspondent which sparked an awesome conversation. We fell into a mutual division of work and with a glass of wine to help the progression, we were racing ahead with our preparations, obviously going to be the best team.
Once the Baked Spiced Fish and Green Bean Salad had been prepped our next step was to prepare the halloumi kebabs with a tomato salad in tahini dressing .
Again we watched as Jo ran us through the recipe before returning to our cookery stations to prepare our own.
Once again, my group nailed it and as we were grilling the halloumi kebabs our fish was baking in the oven, all coming together with perfect timing!
The next chore was a tough one, sitting down to eat it all and my oh my was it delicious!
Back in the office I was really pleased to hear it was one of the best press events our guests had ever attended.
Easy Summer Recipes
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So if you are looking for something a little different to serve and that is simple to prepare, download these recipes and give them a go. Just click on the images and you will find a PDF to download.
One last thing I must mention is Jo’s Chocolate Mousse that she prepared for us, you know I’m a sucker for anything chocolate! The recipe can be found in her book In The Mood For Healthy Eating and trust me, it was divine. (affiliate link)