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In the Kitchen: Grilled Peach & Haricots Vert Salad

This week Duo’s cooking up my one of my favorite foods, peaches!

Sprinkled with brown sugar, tarragon, and then grilled, the peaches get even sweeter.

Paired with blanched haricot vert (green beans) this salad is a light and refreshing treat. Here’s how you can make it yourself:

Ingredients:

-2 Pounds Haricots Vert (may substitute blue lake beans, wax beans, etc.)

-3 each Peaches (Halved and Pitted)

-4 oz Red Rose Radish Sprouts (available at your local farmers market or specialty grocer)

-4 oz Chevre (Feta is a good substitute)

-¼ Preserved Lemon Rind (Salt Cured Lemon) – Rinsed and Minced

-3 Tbl. Plus 2 Tsp. Olive Oil

-½ tsp chopped tarragon

1 Tsp Maldon Sea Salt

Juice of ½ Lemon

2 Tbl Brown Sugar or Honey

Procedure:

  1. Clean Green Beans
  2. Blanch in a large pot of salted boiling water  until tender – roughly 1 minute (it should taste like the sea and maintain it’s boil when the beans are submerged)
  3. Remove beans from blanching water and submerge immediately in ice water, drain and set aside while you gather remaining ingredients.
  4. Combine 2tsp olive oil with brown sugar and brush peaches, allow to marinate while you heat a pan or grill (a cast iron grill pan works well for this purpose)
  5. Grill peaches until sugar has caramelized and the peach has softened somewhat
  6. Sprinkle with tarragon
  7. Toss Green Beans and Sprouts with remaining olive oil, Preserved Lemon and lemon juice.
  8. Divide between 6 plates, top with grilled peach, crumbled chevre and sea salt
  9. Enjoy! Serves 6.

*Duo & Michael and Anna Costa are sponsors of Santa Barbara Chic

In the Kitchen: Lamb w/ Candied Olive & Orange Tapenade

I love citrus in savory dishes, and this recipe for lamb brochette is certain to get your taste buds hopping… First up, Duo picked up both the blood oranges and lamb from Santa Barbara’s farmer market and got to cooking…

To make this recipe you will need:

For the lamb:

-2 Lamb Loins

-1 Tablespoon Finely cut rosemary

-3 Garlic cloves, minced

-Zest of 1/2 Orange

For the Tapenade:

-1/2 Cup pitted olives (we often use picholine, Nicoise, and Luque Olives)

-1/4 Cup dice orange (the entire orange- do not peel).

-1 Tablespoon Sugar

-1/4 Cup Water

-1 Clove garlic, minced

-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

-2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Parsley

Procedure:

  1. Clean each lamb loin of any silver skin and split lengthwise (leaving you with 4 pieces)
  2. Rub the loins with the Rosemary, garlic, orange zest and salt and pepper- set aside.
  3. Combine water, sugar and orange in a sauté pan over high heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Add olives and garlic and continue to simmer for an additional two minutes (the majority of the liquid should have evaporated – if the water evaporates too quickly add 2-3 additional tablespoons).
  5. Allow mixture to cool.
  6. Add parsley and set aside.
  7. Heat a sauté pan with 2 tbl Neutral cooking oil over meadium, high heat.
  8. sear the lamb loins on all sides, reduce heat and cook for a total time of 3-4  minutes.
  9. Remove lamb to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  10.  slice each loin into 6 pieces (for a total of 24).
  11. Top each medallion with 1 tsp of the Tapenade.

Makes 24 Brochettes. Enjoy these bites sized treats!

*Duo & Michael and Anna Costa are sponsors of Santa Barbara Chic

In the Kitchen w/ Duo: Watermelon, Lime & Basil

Today we’re continuing our food series with Duo Events and this time they’re putting a spin on a classic summertime treat, watermelon. For this recipe you will need:

-1 Small Watermelon

-6-8 Black Finger Limes (Caviar Limes) – available at specialty groceries and area farmers markets

-1 Bunch Thai Basil (can substitute lemon basil, opal basil or Italian basil)

-2 Tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil

-1 Tablespoons, Flaked Sea Salt (we use Maldon Sea Salt)

To begin, Start by removing the watermelon rind and reserve for another use (makes great pickles!):

  1. Cut the watermelon into 3/4 inch thick slices.
  2. Cut slices into bite sized portions (a small pastry cutter works great for this)
  3. Roll each finger lime under the palm of your hand on a cutting board to loosen the “beads”.
  4. Slice the limes in half and squeeze into a bowl.
  5. Drizzle limes with olive oil and spoon 1 tsp onto each watermelon segment.
  6. Top with a basil leaf and 2-3 flakes of sea salt

Enjoy as an hors d’oeuvre on a hot afternoon or serve as a first course for a summer dinner. To see more ideas from Duo, check them out right here.

*Duo & Michael and Anna Costa are sponsors of Santa Barbara Chic