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Self Catering Cottage - Any Ideas for simple, but classy meals.

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Soyabean Aug 18, 2009 03:51 AM

We're heading away to a wee cottage in the English countryside for a week. Apart from visiting the tea rooms, we decided that we can have 2 nights in and prepare a meal at the cottage.
Does anyone have ideas for simple meals, where I don't have to travel with or buy alot of ingredients. A few fresh ingredients would be ideal. (Note, I am dairy allergic)
I was thinking of some nice salads with some grilled chicken, but I want to surprise my husband with something special. I already bought the champagne! :O)

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  1. perk Aug 18, 2009 07:01 AM

    Salmon is always nice....and you can prepare it so many ways.--baked, grilled, poached, sauteed. If it's really fresh fish, salt & pepper, maybe a little lemon juice....a bit of fresh dill. A nice side of rice....lovely salad. It's all good with champagne....

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      nemo Aug 18, 2009 12:07 PM

      There have been several recent threads about leg of lamb on the grill. That would be too much for you two, but how about lamb chops? Lamb is a always special in our house. Baby peas or asparagus would be my first choice, but they're out of season. Maybe tomatoes stuffed with an orzo-pesto salad for a side. Something with peaches for dessert (they go great with champagne). Maybe just sugared and allowed to get juicy, then served with a good vanilla ice cream and a florentine cookie/biscuit on the side. You could make the cookies at home and take with you. Or tuille cups.

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