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Light Lunch Menu

Having a few girls around for a light lunch needn’t be a hassle with a menu that is easy and quick to prepare, leaving you with more time catching up with your friends and spending less time in the kitchen. No slaving over a hot stove with this light and refreshing menu.

Over time and with the addition of more recipes I hope to create different menus with recipes from Food and Tools. This hopefully will make it a little easier when choosing a menu for entertaining. We all (including me) have mulled over endless recipes and thought, “what shall I make”  or found it difficult to choose, so having a few menu ideas at hand is a good place to start.

The suggested menu below and do ahead tips will leave you with plenty of time to catch up… and we girls do love to chat!

Menu

Light Lunch with the Girls 

Edamame Beans with Vanilla Saltedamame beans with vanilla salt

Vietnamese SaladVietnamese Salad

Lemon Posset with Fresh ThymeLemon Posset with Fresh Thyme

Getting Ahead

Starter: Only needs a couple of minutes in a steamer before serving.

Main Course:  Chicken can be poached the day before and refrigerated. Vegetables can be prepared a few hours before serving and kept in a salad/vegetable keeper or ziplock bags in the fridge. The cooked chicken can be shredded in advance. The herbs are best chopped before serving. Assembling the salad and mixing with lime juice is best done before serving.

Dessert: Best made the day before as it needs about 4 hours to chill and set.

BON APPÉTIT 🙂

Edamame Beans with Vanilla Sea Salt

DSC_0022 copyNew years resolutions are not something I make but I like to think that over the next twelve months I will build on past experiences (good and bad) of each year and keep moving forward! These past few weeks have been busy, with lots of cooking, eating and entertaining, so I am quite happy (at times) when the easiest meal of all (not necessarily the quickest) is only a phone call away!

In fact, living in Bahrain with so many eateries offering a variety of cuisines (dine in or take-out) you would never have to set foot inside the kitchen again… perish the thought! I would miss putting all my pots, appliances and kitchen jewellery to good use, cooking, entertaining, food photograph and styling… the kitchen is the hub of our home!twig bean copy

There are always a few essentials in the freezer and although it is looking rather empty at the moment, I still have a few bags of edamame beans stashed inside! In Japanese “eda” means “twig” and “mame” means “bean,”  also known as twig beans or hairy beans… but I think edamame sound better! The bean inside is actually a un-ripened soya bean, which is highly nutritious, rich in protein and has all the essential amino acids. High in fiber the edamame bean makes a healthy filling snack and only takes minutes to prepare! Take edamame beans to work when hunger strikes, put them into kids lunch boxes (minus the salt), serve them as an easy pre dinner appetizer or just sit and enjoy a bowlful yourself!DSC_0016_edamane bean copy

Natural sea salt (no table salt here) is usually the typical condiment for serving with edamame beans and I like to posh that up a little by using some of the home-made vanilla salt from the store cupboard! The vanilla salt adds a subtle sweetness but of course you can just use plain sea salt or no salt if watching your salt intake! The only problem with the edamame bean… they are so moorish!

Actually I was wonder how easy edamame beans are to grow and it seems that we might have the perfect climate, sunny and humid… now maybe I might   order a few packets of edamame seeds! If I do then I will surely let you know how I get on! Maybe some enthusiastic farmer could start growing some edamame beans and sell them at the farmers market here in Bahrain!

How to cook edamame beans: Steam the required amount of edamame beans for about three minutes. Place into serving bowls or bowl and sprinkle over some vanilla sea salt or plain sea salt, if desired. To eat hold the pod and simple pop the beans into your mouth, you will also taste the salt, the pods are not edible so discard them into an empty dish!

Up-date: Since writing this post I have received my packets of edamame beans and hope to plant them after the summer months, Bahrain is so hot during this time. Will keep you posted when I do plant them and hopefully have some Edamame success!

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