It's July 1st hopefully that means more time outside and with the Patio Canopy it means you can spend even more time outdoors. We were delighted to have Mark Doe of Just Cooking Cookery School cater for our recent barbecue. Along with BBQ meats he had a lovely Caesar salad to accompany it and we have the recipe below:
Caesar Salad -Serves 6
For the dressing
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 anchovy fillets, chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Juice from ¼ lemon 300ml mayonnaise 3 tablespoons boiling water
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Sea salt and black pepper
For the salad
1 baguette, cut into slices
2 tablespoons rapeseed or olive oil
4 streaky bacon rashers, cut into thin strips
2 heads of romaine lettuce or 4 heads of baby gem lettuce
- To make the dressing place the garlic, anchovies, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, lemon juice and mayonnaise in a food processor. Blend until smooth. With the food processor running add a few tablespoons of boiling water until the dressing is the consistency of thick cream. Add theParmesancheese and season if required.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Place the baguette slices in a bowl and toss with the oil. Place on a baking tray and bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
- Heat a frying pan and add a little oil. Fry the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on kitchen towel.
- To assemble: wash and dry the lettuce and break into bite size pieces. Place the lettuce in a large bowl and dress with about
2-3 tablespoons of theCaesar dressing. Toss the leaves in the dressing until all the leaves are nicely coated. The leaves should be lightly dressed and not clumped together. Add more dressing a little at a time if required. Add the bacon and toss. Place the salad in a serving dish, sprinkle with Parmesan and baguette slices and serve.
– Dress the salad just as you are about to serve it.
Thanks to Mark and his wife Bernie for the recipe.
We held our first BBQ gathering of the year recently with family and friends and had a great time enjoying good food & sunshine. The Patio Canopy gives us an extra room outside that we can use from morning till night.
Huge thanks to Mark Doe & Bernie from Just Cooking Cookery School for the delicious food, to Falveys Nurseries for their help with the flowers pots, to Mary from Mary O'Donnell Beauty for her kind words and a big thanks to all who joined us to make it a great day.
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Exciting news ...
Starting tomorrow Monday 25th February and running all week we have a competition with Radio Kerry to win a €300 voucher for either a Clothesline Canopy or Patio Canopy.
Tune in at 1.30pm everyday with Deirdre Walsh on her Talkabout show.
Winner picked on Friday. Best of Luck.
Understandably, everyone wonders about this. In wet and windy conditions you hang your clothes doubled over the line so that they are not hanging too low and allow a small space at the side and they will dry perfectly. Some more tips for best results.
There are 4 lines in each Clothesline Canopy. Hang small items like socks on the front or back line and longer items on the middle lines. In Ireland we tend to get a lot of showery weather and the problem for people is that their washing has dried only to get soaked in a shower! A Clothesline Canopy will ensure that your washing stays dry until you are ready to bring it in. No more running between showers or if you forget or run late, your washing will be dry and ready when it suits you.
Narrow Fitting Clothesline Canopy.
Can a Clothesline Canopy fit at the side of my house? This is a question we get asked often.
The Clothesline Canopy comes in three different lengths; 8 ft, 10 ft long and 12 ft long depending on your needs and space. It projects out 4 feet 2" from the wall. Each Canopy has 4 lines. The Canopies can be made to any length if these standard sizes don't suit. The width can also be adjusted like for example at the side alley of a house between your house and your neighbours.
These photos below show a Clothesline Canopy that has been cut back to suit a narrower space.