So since my Facebook album ‘mona kitchen’ has got quite a few likes and comments such as
“Mona, you’re better than Jamie Oliver, xxx”,
“mona make a reciepe book haha mona’s meals”
“Your kitchen looks about as good as my bum.”
I thought I’d start documenting stuff in form of a blog.
Dad had a crazy big basil plant, so I’ve made some pesto from it. Half way through I remembered that the raw garlic was super strong and hot last time, but it tasted milder this time. Instead of blending the basil, I hand-chopped it, and after adding olive oil and garlic I massaged the mixture by hand so that the flavour combines well. No pine nuts but used sunflower seeds instead and it worked really well. Lots of shaved parmesan was added, too.
Served with some pan-fried balsamic chicken strips.
Morning drink: dragon fruit (amazing colour!!!), guava, pineapple and carrots. Forgot the ice cubes, but it was delicious nonetheless. To make it even more healthy I probably would’ve added some spinach or something, but they only had massive bunches in the shop here. The guava was like an apple but a bit hard and sort of tasteless… maybe not ripe enough.
Very simple triple-green salad
Had to use up my salad leaves, okra, spinach and cherry tomatoes. Boiled the spinach and okra, dash of soy sauce after draining. The rest is drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A quick ‘I need to eat something healthy’ sort of salad.
Best friend breakfast
Robyn unfortunately overslept, so Lily and I indulged in plenty of eggs, smoked salmon, cheddar, coffee and vegetable juice to kick off a Sunday.
Summer salad with halloumi and cherries
Random combination that I wanted to try out - bought all ingredients at Pimlico market during my lunch. Basic salad with sauteed spinach, slightly melted halloumi, cherry tomatoes and actual cherries.
Halloumi tastes so good when cooked with mint. Just some balsamic vinegar as dressing for this fresh summer salad.
Maple duck with honey-roasted carrots and red wine and mint asparagus
Was going to re-create Duck & Waffles’ signature dish, but didn’t have the waffle nor the duck egg, so created a different dish… Maple syrup on duck goes so damn well.
Grilled salmon with wasabi sauce