Not-Quite-Ina But Still Darn Good


I warned you, you’re going to get a lot of Ina’s recipes now that I’ve got her book! I’ve been looking through it like a mad woman, trying to think what I wanted to make (as I write this I’m actually watching her on the Food Network at the same time – I know, I’m an Ina freak), and the only current issue is that some of it isn’t particularly summer-friendly. A little too hot for lobster chowder right now, but trust me, when it gets colder again I will be back in there, lobsters in hand – bow-chicka-wow-wow!

Anyway, this particular recipe was inspired by Ina but deviated a lot from her recipe, so I call it my “Not-Quite-Ina Garlic Bread”. I had some leftover sun-dried tomato bread that was going a little stale, so I drizzled it with a little olive oil to crisp it up, and then slathered it in the garlic-herby-butter. I also increased the garlic amounts a little but it was suuuuper strong (lucky we weren’t going out last night!…or talking to anyone for about eight hours…) so I’d recommend having a little less garlic. Anyway. It came out pretty, eh?

Get your garlic on. Perfect for those summer months… as long as you don’t mind having garlic breath for the whole day – maybe only eat around close-friends. Or people you really hate and never want to hear from again. Yeah, maybe that’s a better idea…


Comida Para El Verano


One of the things I love about summer is the low effort cooking. When it’s hot I don’t want to eat a whole lot, but I like to pick at the odd dish. Potato salad is an ideal “pick-at” kinda thing. You can have it as a side or as a light lunch, and because of the meaty twist with the bacon, you can definitely eat it as is.

If you wanted a slightly heartier meal I recommend a nice grilled steak with this. You could also substitute the mayonnaise for a very simple olive oil, salt, freshly ground black pepper and lemon juice vinaigrette – in that case dress the potatoes when still warm as they’ll really soak up all the flavours that way.


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