Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi Paratha Tacos

Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi Paratha Tacos
Paratha is a layered flatbread common in Indian cuisine that I was recently introduced to and I could not help thinking that they would make great taco shells! They are light, crispy and flaky on the outside but soft on the inside and flexible enough to fold around tasty fillings! I was craving banh mi sandwiches lately and it was the perfect opportunity to test out my theory with some banh mi paratha tacos. I decided to go with a grilled lemongrass chicken for the meat along with some typical banh mi ingredients including cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon radish, jalapenos and plenty of cilantro. Paratha are best served freshly made (or reheated) so these sandwiches take a bit of effort to grill both the chicken and the paratha but it's so worth it! These lemongrass chicken banh mi paratha tacos are just as good as I was thinking they would be with all of the fresh banh mi flavours wrapped up in the crisp and pillowy paratha! I can't wait to make these again and to continue to use parathas in other ways!

Paratha

Paratha
Paratha is a layered flatbread common in Indian cuisine that are irresistible when still warm from the grill and so easy to make at home! The recipe could not be simpler! The dough is pretty much just flour and water and it's rolled out, brushed with ghee and folded up before being rolled out again. The folding and the ghee creates the layers in the flatbread which get all nice and flaky and crispy when it's grilled! Paratha are great as a side or as a sandwich, taco shell, etc.

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Lemon Zucchini Bread
Zucchini is one of my favourite summer foods and there are so many ways to enjoy it! It's great in savoury dishes as well as sweet and one of the easiest ways to enjoy it is in this lemon zucchini bread which just screams summer-y goodness! This zucchini loadf is so easy to make and it's nice and light, moist and tender! You simply grate up some zucchini and mix it into a cake bater and bake it. It takes a while to bake but it keeps well so it's nice to make on the weekend to enjoy during the week. I like to serve this lemon zucchini bread either for breakfast or as a treat or a dessert and the addition of lemon is simply divine! The combination of the zucchini, oil and yogurt helps keep this quick bread nice and moist as well as light and it's a great way to sneak in some veggies for those that are vegetable adverse! I could not think of a better way to enjoy summers bounty other than this lemon zucchini bread!

Grilled Meat on a Stick

Grilled Meat on a Stick

There's nothing quite like grilled meat on a stick in the summer! I guess it's the being on a stick part that gets me, it reminds me of lollipops from when I was a kid, only it's even better when it's meat on a stick! Lets not forget the whole playing with fire aspect when you fire up the grill to cook the meat on a stick! The fire also imparts that slightly charred flavour that is irresistible! The whole being on a stick thing is also amazing! It takes something that would normally require a plate, knife and fork and turns it into portable finger food that's perfect for nibbling while mingling! (It's also plenty of fun having all of those finger licking juices dripping down onto your fingers!) No matter what kind of meat you are cooking this summer you really can't go wrong skewering it up on a stick and grilling it!

Lemon Basil Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwich

Lemon Basil Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwich
Chicken salad never had it so good as in this lemon basil chicken caesar salad sandwich! I am a fan of chicken salads where chicken is servered in a light, usually mayo based, dressing along with extras and for a twist I enjoy using a caesar salad dressing as the dressing, especially when it's a home made one! Since it's summer I like to add some seasonal flavours like lemon and basil which add an amazingly light brightness to the dressing that just screams summer! These lemon basil chicken caesar salad sandwiches are the perfect summer lunch food whether for at home, at work, at a picnic or even on the beach!

Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde

Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde
Salsa verde is one of my favourite foods and a variation that is really good is with the addition avocado! I am a huge fan of avocado and it adds a really nice creaminess to the salsa verde! The salsa is very easy to make where you simply roast tomatillos, garlic, onion and jalapenos before pureeing them with the remaining ingredients until the desired consistency is reached. All said and told you can make this tasty avocado salsa verde and be enjoying it in less than 15 minutes!

Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust
With all of the fresh strawberries around it was only a matter of time before I started thinking about using them to make some sweet treats and first on my mind was a strawberry cheesecake! Although a fresh, unbaked, strawberry cheesecake is always nice I also enjoy a New York style baked cheesecake and so I made this strawberries and cream cheesecake with pretzel crust. This cheesecake is a pretty basic cheesecake with cream cheese, eggs, sugar, cream and pureed strawberries with the only real difference being that the moisture added by the fresh strawberries increases the baking time a little. Instead of using the standard graham cracker crumb crust I went with a slightly different, savoury, twist with a pretzel crumb crust! This strawberries and cream cheesecake with pretzel crust is so nice and light, creamy and smooth with a blend of sweet and savoury that goes perfectly well with the strawberry flavour!

Strawberry Basil Jam

Strawberry Basil Jam
One of my favourite things of summer is strawberries and there's little better than a fresh homemade jar of strawberry jam; well, unless it's a strawberry basil jam! Strawberry jam is amazing all by itself but I also enjoy adding flavours like a hint of balsamic vinegar, jalapenos or a fresh herb. I am really into basil! It just really screams summer and it goes surprisingly well with strawberries adding that hint of flavour to the strawberry jam that just takes it over the edge. This strawberry basil jam is perfect for breakfast on toast, bagels, muffins, etc. and it's just as good in savoury sandwiches or served over vanilla ice cream or even yogurt! The next time you are thinking about strawberry jam, consider a strawberry basil jam!

Strawberry and Avocado Chicken Salad with Crispy Fried Goat Cheese and Honey Lemon Dijon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Strawberry and Avocado Chicken Salad with Crispy Fried Goat Cheese and Honey Lemon Dijon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
On warm summer days I often appreciate a nice light meal, like a salad for dinner sort of meal, and this strawberry and avocado chicken salad with crispy fried goat cheese and honey lemon dijon poppy seed vinaigrette is just perfect! Strawberries are one of my favourite summer food and they are amazing in savoury dishes like salads, especially when combined with bacon and avocado as they are in this salad! This salad uses a base of baby spinach for the lettuce and what really makes it a meal is the grilled chicken which is marinated in the same honey lemon dijon dressing that is used on the salad! Even with all of the amazing ingredients already mentioned, the star of this show has to be the crispy fried goat cheese! Yum! The goat cheese is sliced, coated in breadcrumbs and fried in oil until golden brown and crispy! This crispy fried goat cheese is best enjoyed fresh from frying, while the cheese is still warm and almost melted on the inside! This strawberry and avocado chicken salad with crispy fried goat cheese and honey lemon dijon poppy seed vinaigrette is one fabulous summer salad that also makes for a great meal!