Heritage tomato salad and marinated mackerel in my own red wine vinegar
The story so far in my little series of 'Summerhouse dinners': I've done three with people who came together, last week the people didn't know each other but left like best friends. We've had sweltering weather, bad weather and back again. I've tried to perfect my hover ratio: that is, how long I chat and hang about or...do they want to be left alone? It's trickier that balance with a small amount of guests.
I don't quite know what to do with myself up at the big house while they are eating. Last week I just put dessert, cheese and coffee in the shed and skived off to watch Eurovision in my bedroom. Wake me up before you go go!
Zucchini and mint frittata
Brushed with creme de griottes, a cherry liqueur
Salmon ceviche, guacamole, mango and spring onion salsa, tomatillo salsa, salsa asado
Making the quenelles for ricotta gnocci
Giving them a little shake in flour
You boil them gently until they float and then fry in sage butter
Ricotta gnocci with zucchini tagliatelli tossed in sage butter
Making the meringues for the 'iles flottantes'