Pink Heart Society editor and Harlequin Historical Author Michelle Styles gives two easy recipes: Frozen grapes as well as a variation on Eggs Benedict -- Smoked salmon with poached egg and asparagus
Last weekend I went out to lunch twice with my in laws to two up and coming restuarant where I made note of two good ideas.
The first is very easy and tastes like sorbet. It is perfect for hot days -- frozen grapes.
Just buy some seedless grapes, wash, destalk and toss in a bag to freeze. Serve in a small bowl. They clear the palate wonderfully. We had them with cheese as they really clear the palate but they work anytime. A healthy treat instead of a popsicle.
They are also very good for rapidly cooling down a glass of white wine. Unlike ice, you do not get any melting.
The second is slightly more complex but worth it. It is a meal in itself which meant I rather overate lunch that day as I had it as a starter.
For each person:
One thick slice of good quality sourdough bread
topped with a slice of smoked salmon
3 spears of asparagus (lightly steamed)
1 poached egg (I find it best to poach eggs in a barely shimmering pot of water for about 2 min)
Spoon hollandaise sauce over the top.
Blender hollandaise sauce is super simple to make.
You can use a blender or food processor.
Boil a kettle and pour the boiling water into the blender. Allow to sit while you melt 4 oz (100 g) of butter. In another bowl put 3 egg yolks and the juice from 1/2 of a fresh lemon. Some people use 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar but I prefer to use only lemon juice as I like the lemony taste.
When the butter has melted, throw away the water. Put the lemon juice and egg yolks in now hot blender. Whirl for a few seconds and then slowly add the butter. Process until thick. (About 30 seconds) Season to taste.
Use immediately. It beats making the sauce by hand.
Michelle Styles writes warm, witty and intimate historical romance for Harlequin Historical. Her next book will be Paying the Viking's Price in November 2013. You can learn more about Michelle and her books on www.michellestyles.co.uk