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Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad

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This traditional Italian salad – notice how the green, white and red colours of this salad are, patriotically, the same as the colours of the Italian national flag – is so simple to put together. But it looks fab and tastes even better, with the sensational flavours of the Mediterranean. Just the thing to enjoy with a pal on a hot summer’s day…

  • Serves: 2

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Total time: 10 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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If you put a finger over the top of the bottles of balsamic vinegar and olive oil you can “dot the plate” to give it that professional look!

Ingredients

  • 6 small tomatoes
  • 125g pkt of mozzarella pearls, drained
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar, to serve
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to serve

Method

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half, and arrange on two plates with the mozzarella pearls and basil leaves.
  2. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

By Lucy Knox

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Salad Niçoise

Niçoise simply is to do with the city of Nice in the south of France. Salad Niçoise, arguably its most famous culinary export, is characterised by ingredients common to that part of the country close to the Mediterranean rim – tomatoes, eggs, green beans, potatoes, black olives, garlic, anchovies, and, of course, olive oil. It’s the perfect summer salad on a gloriously hot summer’s day – and a lovely, quick, light lunch.

  • Serves: 2

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Cooking time: 20 mins

  • Total time: 30 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

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These spicy crab cakes make the perfect starter to a special meal or serve with boiled egg noodles and stir-fried veg for a tasty supper dish. You can prepare the cakes a few hours in advance and keep them covered in the fridge then fry just before serving. If fresh crab meat is unavailable use 3 x 170g cans white crab meat and drain thoroughly on kitchen paper.

  • Serves: 4

  • Prep time: 15 mins

  • Cooking time: 10 mins

  • Total time: 25 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Add some freshly grated root ginger and a pinch of five spice powder to the mixture to give the crab cakes a more Oriental flavour.

Ingredients

  • 450g white crab meat
  • 2tsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • 2sp lemon zest
  • 1tsp cornflour
  • 2tbsp beaten egg white
  • 2tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for shallow frying
  • Salad and lemon wedges, to serve

Method

  1. Place the crab meat in a bowl and flake with a fork. Add the curry paste, soy sauce, lemon zest, cornflour, egg white and basil and mix thoroughly.
  2. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and using lightly wetted hands, divide and shape the mixture into 8 small patties.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan until a cube of bread dropped in the hot fat browns in 30 secs. Fry the crabcakes in two batches for 4-5 mins, turning once, until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
  4. Serve hot with salad and lemon wedges.

By Nichola Palmer

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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