It wanted to post these photos just to show you how so very simple a delicious meal can be. My teenagers organised a small barbecue with friends yesterday. The menu contained lamb and chicken kebabs with two types of home-made sauces, chili and garlic sauce. They also had some good quality sausages and a big green salad. For dessert, they had lemon cheesecake and strawberries. They had drinks made of fizzy water, with a small amount of apple juice in the bottom of the glass.
It is amazing how these teens have learned to appreciate real food when growing up. Although we have not had any sugary cakes or biscuits, or drinks like coke ever in the house and they have never had any breakfast cereals, I have never “forced” my ideas of healthy eating on to my children. We do always openly discuss about the problems with for example sugary drinks of course, as we too have had those times when they have come home asking for coke because that is what every one else drink… It’s cool. But now that they are older, 15 and 17, they choose the healthy options themselves. They very rarely buy anything sweet themselves because of the way sweets make them feel and they do ask their friend drinking energy drinks whether they have actually looked at the ingredients list before drinking. They have never learned to like sweet foods or processed foods. They are happy and calm children, don’t cause any problems or worry. They are not interested in alcohol or smoking. In my opinion, it is greatly down to eating the right food. Oh, they do have a massive appetite and they do enjoy good food, and cooking it, but know what is good for them and what is not.
For the chili sauce, sauté small amount of fine chopped onion and chili (the amount you like) in a small sauce pain, in olive oil. Add a dash of vinegar, tin of tomato passata, bring to boil and simmer in low heat for 20 min. or sauce. Season with salt and pepper. For the garlic sauce, mix together one tub of good quality creme fraiche, tiny bit of cream, 1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed and a dash of lemon juice.
For the skewers they had lamb, peppers and onions in some of them and chicken and peppers in others. They only added some salt, pepper, lemon and olive oil.
Green salad and olive oil
This is very easy to make. For the base, mix 50g of melted butter, 2,5 dl of almond flour (ground almond) and the contents of vanilla pod, or little dash of vanilla extract. Press into a cake tin lined with baking paper. Our tin is quite small, so if you are using a larger tin, you might want to do double base.
For the filling, you need 280-300g of creme cheese, such as Philadelphia and 500g of thick cream. You also need 7 gelatine leaves, vanilla and 2 juicy organic lemons.
Place all gelatine leaves into a bowl of cold water. Mix together the cream cheese and cream. Add lemon juice and grated lemon zest, as much as you like and some vanilla. You can sweeten this slightly with stevia if you like. My teens added two teaspoons of local honey. Heat a small amount of cream in a sauce pan and once hot, stir in the soft gelatine leaves (remember to squeeze out all excess water first). Once the gelatines are completely dissolved into the cream, carefully mix into the cream cheese mixture. Pour the mixture into the cake tin, on top of the base, covet the tin with cling film and put the tin into the fridge for at least 3-4 hours.
This cake is not sweet, but it is delicious. We enjoyed this with good British strawberries.