The weather has been glorious recently. A great British summer can be a hit or a miss, but this year the sun most definitely has its hat on. When the weather is this glorious it always reminds me of holidays spent in the Mediterranean, soaking up the sun and eating all of the glorious food that comes with it.
Maybe I can’t visit the Med right now, but there’s nothing to stop me bringing a little bit of the Mediterranean to my kitchen by preparing these three delicious dishes, all inspired by Lidl’s Sol & Mar range. All of the products I used to prepare this food are available in Lidl stores across the country.
Mediterranean dining is all about keeping it simple – hours of cooking in the searing heat isn’t going to cut it. So what I have here are three simple dishes that really capture the taste of the Mediterranean.
The first is a salad. And no, salads don’t have to mean green leaves and vegetables. Why not try combining chunks of juicy watermelon with feta cheese and mint. It’s refreshing, moreish and there’s not a lettuce leaf in sight.
For the meat lovers among you, elevate your meatballs from tasty to delicious by throwing a handful of pine nuts into your mince when you are making them. Serve them with a classic sweet tomato sauce, lightly spiced with smoked paprika.
In my house it’s not Mediterranean if it doesn’t come with chorizo – it’s one of my favourite ingredients and it makes everything taste better. My dish of braised chickpeas with chorizo is the perfect accompaniment to fish or grilled chicken, or if we’re eating tapas-style, this is one of a selection of dishes I serve. Here’s what you need to make this delicious dish:
1 tin of chickpeas (roughly 400g)
1 garlic clove, crushed
100g of chorizo, chopped into small pieces
300ml chicken stock
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp sweet paprika
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
A handful of parsley
Salt and pepper
Heat the olive oil in a pan. Crush two small cloves of garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes.
Drain and rinse one tin of chick peas, place them in a small pot and cover with chicken stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes.
Whilst the chick peas are cooking, add the chorizo and the smoked paprika to the garlic and sauté for five minutes – this will draw the flavour out of the chorizo and make it really tasty.
Drain the chickpeas and add them to the pan with the chorizo. Combine all the ingredients together and squeeze over the juice of half a lemon. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle over a little parsley to serve.
There you have it, three delicious dishes that will instantly transport you to the Mediterranean. All you need to do now is sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy.
This post is sponsored by Lidl.