Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Pineapple Salsa

Our little 'pied-de-terre' in Bath - otherwise known as 'The Flat'! is situated right on the edge of the canal towpath - which makes for a perfect spot for a picnic or barbecue when the weather is warm enough.

 It catches the sun in the mornings until just after lunch - when it moves over to the other side - which means if we still want to sit out in the sun, we have to gather everything up and walk down to the nearest bridge and wander along the other side! just to be a few yards from where we originally were!! May have to get a boat so we can just punt across to the opposite bank!

So to rectify this, and make the most of the morning sunshine, we have started to have Sunday brunches where we light the barbecue around 10 am, invites all our friends to bring along whatever they fancy cooking and I will supply salads, salsas, breads and drinks to go with it. It's been really successful and fun - we finish eating before the sun has defected to the other side and those that want can go for a walk in the afternoon to find it again.

I like to make fruit salsas to go with these brunch barbecues. They are light, breakfast-like, healthy and are also very easy to make. This time I made a pineapple one but you can substitute the pineapple for any fruits such as peaches, strawberries, oranges etc. or just leave out the fruit completely and just have a salsa........

Recipe - 6 servings

1 red onion - chopped
1 red chilli - chopped
1 red pepper - chopped
handful sweet cherry tomatoes - chopped
half cucumber - chopped
either 1 pineapple or a tin (425g) - (guess what!) chopped
juice lime
salt and pepper
finely chopped coriander leaf - optional.

This is so easy - just dice everything up into the same size pieces, mix together in a large bowl, add the lime juice, coriander leaf and season. You can add a little of the pineapple juice if your using tinned but don't make it all to sloppy!

Make your salsa about an hour before you want it, cover, and leave at room temperature so the flavours have time to mingle.

If you want to add a bit more kick a little chilli powder (about half a teaspoon) or a squirt of hot Thai chilli sauce can be stirred through the salsa.

The only problem with eating like this on the tow path - we do attract the natives......

Luckily he wasn't that keen on barbecued aubergines - or pineapple salsa for that matter!

Have a good start to your week

Love Lizx

 Pineapple Salsa