I had such a lovely time (Hubby...not so much :D) and bought tons of groceries that got me really excited.
At Everyday I got fresh radishes and Rosemary; and also got the usual stuff I like to get there (Chicken, toiletries etc).
At park and shop I bought some new dishware, fresh yogurt, Parsley, Chipolata Sausages (My favorite), bacon , french bread, butter, etc.
And then the exciting part: The Fruit Market! How come I've been in Port Harcourt for Six years and never heard of it until recently? I was so excited to "discover" this market and we got loads of fresh fruits and vegetables. We got native oranges (better tasting than the ones our Hausa brothers sell on the streets), Red Grape Fruits, Cucumber, Carrots, Green Peas, beetroots, Mint, Basil, Cherries, Strawberries, local plums, bananas...and the list goes on and on.
By the time we were done with shopping (and a brief stopover at Gifty's Daughter to replenish my make-up purse), it was about 4pm. We got home dead tired and hungry and I couldn't even begin to contemplate cooking anything major, so I decided to utilize the fresh produce we'd just bought.
I saw this recipe on Food Network (Barefoot Contessa) a couple of days prior and filed it in my brain for future reference. Turned out I didn't need to wait too long to bring it to life.
This is a Herb Butter Crostini served with Radishes and Cherries.
This meal came together really quickly . I started by cutting my French Bread in about one inch strips (cut on the bias) and then popped them in the oven for about 7 minutes to get them crunchy. While the bread was in the oven, I worked on the herb butter. What you need is basically about a stick of unsalted butter (Room temperature), whatever fresh herbs you have on hand (I used Mint, Parsley, Basil and and a tiny bit of Rosemary), the juice of half a lemon, salt and black pepper. I chopped the herbs finely and mixed in with the butter, lemon juice and a pinch of salt and black pepper and that was it!
I allowed the crostini's to cool a bit, spread the butter on them, placed them on a platter with the washed radishes and cherries and finished off with a sprinkling of salt on the radishes and Voila! Dinner was served.
Quick and tasty...just the way I like it :D.
Until next time, God bless you.