This is the time of year when I start whinging about winter food and looking forward to summer salads, marinated meat and fresh strawberries, even when actual sunshine seems to be a no-show.
I’m over hot food and ready for the fresh stuff. Making dinner in summer has always seemed easier. I normally marinate the night’s meat a few hours before dinner, chuck together some salady goodness and a zesty dressing and then throw it all together when the meat is cooked.
I’ve looked for perfect marinades for a couple of years now and finally have one for each type of meat and since you know I like to share, here they are.
For LAMB, I love this Lemon and Oregano marinade from Taste.com.au. It has so much zing and is easy to throw together with ingredients I always have on hand. Even if you only have a couple of hours to let the meat marinate, it will come out packed with flavour.
It took me awhile to figure out the best way to cook a CHICKEN breast for perfect chunks to add to a salad. This Lemony Chicken Breast recipe from Inspiredtaste.net is perfection and explains just how to get the tastiest breast! It also includes a to-die-for dressing made with lemon, Dijon and honey.
My pick for BEEF is a little crazy, because it’s Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Lamb Kebabs, but I’ve always used it to flavour beef bits – just as good! That’s probably a major foodie crime, but I love these flavours with beef and the meat comes through tender as can be, even if you only have an hour to marinade it.
I had my doubts about what turned out to be my favourite PORK marinade, because I’m just a newbie when it comes to enjoying orange flavoured things. This Orange and Ginger Pork recipe from the Healthy Food Guide convinced me though by being just about the yummiest thing out there.
I’m still waiting on perfection for FISH. I usually copy the ingredients in the Gourmet Garden Herb Blend Mediterranean Paste, which some Healthy Food Guide recipes suggest for fish, but it’s never fall-off-your-chair delicious. Still, the blend of oregano, basil, capsicum, garlic and olive oil is pretty good. If you have mastered a great fish marinade, please share!