Get that grill plate out because it’s……….


What better way to celebrate than with fresh uplifting flavors? I have two well and truly tried out recipes that we love! These are not full of cream and cheese, instead are fresh  and citrusy! Great with that margarita (or 2!) If the weather is good where you are, you could even light the grill up! We will be in the kitchen with the grill plate this evening! Not to worry though, as it will be sunny in the kitchen once we get those cocktails going!

So, to start with, SHRIMP TOSTADOS!


4 corn tortillas
¼ cup olive oil EVOO
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro (coriander)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
Salt to taste
Hot Pepper sauce to taste
1lb medium shrimp, cooked shelled and deveined (king prawn?)
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
4oz queso fresco or Monterey Jack
2 ripe avocados
2 plum tomatoes chopped
½ medium red onion chopped
½ head of romaine lettuce washed and shredded

a couple of sprigs of cilantro

Fry the tortillas, 1 at a time, in  3/4″ oil for 30 secs each side then set aside

Blitz the next 7 ingredients in a small food processor/chopper and place in a large bowl

Add the shrimp, corn, avocado, tomato, onion, then add salt and more hot pepper sauce to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve, top the tortillas with the romaine lettuce and shrimp mixture. Garnish with the sprigs of cilantro.

Wine Note 

DUH! Margaritas or Corona beer with lime! LOL!

Actually, a South American Sauvignon Blanc would work well!!

Next up Sizzling Steak Fajitas;

steak fajitas

1lb Skirt steak
Juice of 3 limes
2 scallions minced
3 cloves garlic minced
3 tbsp minced fresh cilantro (coriander for British translation)
2 tsp vegetable oil
½ to 1 tspn red pepper flakes
¼ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp ground anise seeds

4 7 inch tortillas

Salsa and guacamole to serve

Place steak in a dish or a hefty ziploc bag

Put all other ingredients into a small food chopper/processor and blitz together.

Pour over the steak and massage and work through thoroughly

Cover dish and place in fridge to marinate for 12-24 hours tossing several times

Prepare a medium -hot charcoal fire or heat the broiler (you can use a grill plate on the stove top so preheat that if using)

Remove steak from the marinade discarding the marinade & grill or broil to your liking, 2-3 mins for medium rare

Meanwhile wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and throw on the side of the grill to warm

Spread salsa and guacamole on the tortillas and place the steak on and roll eat and enjoy!!!!


Argentinian Malbec