Cheddar, dill & beer loaf

Ingredients
360g organic flour – either all white or ½ white & ½ brown
120g mature Cheddar – grated
2 tablespoons finely chopped dill (or substitute chives if you prefer)
½ teaspoon local honey
2 teaspoons baking powder
300ml pilsner/lager at room temperature (non-alcoholic works too)
1.5 teaspoons salt
Butter at room temperature


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Method
Combine the flour/s, baking powder, dill, salt and Cheddar
Stir in the pilsner & honey
Pour into a buttered loaf tin and brush the top with a little oil or butter
Bake at 190C for about 35-40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean
However tempted you are to eat this loaf, allow it to cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing!

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This loaf works well using gluten free flours (e.g. Doves Farm) and lager (e.g.Estrella Damm Daura Gluten Free Lager or Celia Organic Gluten Free Lager)

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Perfect with lots of butter!

& makes a fine tuna mayo sandwich too!

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Tuna + mayonnaise + capers + cucumber + lemon + black pepper, et voila!

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Baja California fish tacos

Fish taco

Salsa cruda/pico de gallo – diced seeded tomatoes + green chilli + coriander (optional) + red onion + lime juice + salt

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Guacamole – scoop out the avocado flesh & mash coarsely

Add diced seeded tomatoes + chilli + red onion

Squeeze in some lime juice + minced garlic + salt

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For the fish – cut any firm white fish into strips

Marinate with garlic + oregano + chilli + lime juice + sea salt

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Make batter – flour + ice cold water + salt + chopped coriander

Dip fish into batter & deep fry until cooked & golden

Assemble tacos- shredded lettuce topped with fried fish

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Spoon on the tomato salsa

Some guacamole

And soured cream

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Serve with a wedge of lime and a cold beer!

Baja Califonia fish tacos

Sunday lunch of salmon en croute with tarragon butter spinach is going swimmingly!

 

Layers of salmon and spinach & tarragon butter wrapped in golden puff pastry

Works a treat with creamy leek sauce & boiled parsley butter baby new potatoes : )

 

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Marinated anchovy and salmorejo crostini

Tosta de boquerones con salmorejo - marinated anchovies and salmorejo croutons

Marinate prepared white anchovies in chopped parsley + finely sliced garlic + extra virgin olive oil

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For the salmorejo:
Skin and core ripe tomatoes
Roughly chop and blitz in food processor until smooth
Place cubed white bread (crusts removed) in the tomato and leave to soak for 5 minutes
Add a small clove of garlic + salt + splash of sherry vinegar
Blitz again until smooth
Slowly add extra virgin olive oil until the mix is emulsified, smooth & creamy

Marinate prepared white anchovies, parsley and olive oil

Add a spoonful of salmorejo to the toasted crostini
Top with an anchovy fillet

Tosta de boquerones con salmorejo – marinated anchovies and salmorejo croutons

Roll the leftover anchovy fillets around pimento stuffed olives and secure with a toothpick

Tosta de boquerones con salmorejo – marinated anchovies and salmorejo croutons

Goes well with a  glass of chilled fino sherry

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Sardinas al horno – baked sardines

Baked sardines

Baked sardines

Sardine fillets + lemon + parsley + white wine + olive oil

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Baked sardines

Rinse sardines & pat dry

Season with S&P

Add olive oil to baking tray

Lay sardine fillets side by side

Pour over wine + lemon juice

Scatter minced garlic & parsley over fillets

Drizzle with more olive oil

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Sprinkle breadcumbs over the sardines

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Bake @ 190C until cooked through  – about 15 to 20 minutes

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Baked sardines

Perfect for a quick summer lunch served with a simple mixed leaf & onion salad with a sherry vinegar dressing