We have more delicious local produce in our baskets in the kitchen.
Firstly Isabel, another neighbour, has just brought us some delicious aubergines and courgettes from their campo plot, and Luz`s shop in the village has just started selling delicious peaches and apricots. ( She is also selling rather glam beach bags with flamingos on , lilos and bags of ice now -a sure sign that summer has arrived, even for the Spanish, who shiver and say its ` un poco frio` when the temperature plummets to a mere 25 degrees!).
So I am going to cook a (new for me) one pot recipe, from Diana Henry`s book, ` Bird in the Hand`. It is roast chicken with peaches, honey and lavender, but I am going to substitute the lavender (this is Spain not France ha ha), with rosemary.
Firstly because I think the flavour will work well; its astringent taste will marry with the sweetness of the peaches, and secondly, because just a few metres down the road is the most glorious rosemary ,prolifically trailing down over a wall. It is in constant bloom here due to the climate. I have never seen it planted like this, and it grows there like mad, so if I pinch a few stalks it will go unnoticed!
I thought that I would slice the aubergines and courgettes very finely with potatoes and saute them in olive oil to go with the chicken. So that will be Monday`s supper , and I will report back with the results and the recipe.
As for the velvety skinned apricots, ( we will be making the most of their short season),I think I will make a simple, sweet apricot and almond tart, as I have found the best ready-made puff pastry, (the only pastry that I don’t make myself I might add!),in the cool cabinet of Mercadona supermarket. It`s in a sheet, and comes packaged with parchment paper, and its been a great success so far.