Southern Fried Chicken with Mustard Slaw
For the chicken:
8 skinless chicken thighs
200g self-raising flour
large pinch of paprika
turmeric and cayenne pepper
8 tsp vegetable oil
For the mustard slaw:
½ small white cabbage sliced into matchsticks
2 carrots, sliced into matchsticks
6 spring onions peeled trimmed and diced
2 tsp rapeseed oil
2 tsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
2 tbsp yoghurt
2 tbsp crème fraiche
2 tspn orange juice
2 tbsp toasted sunflower seed
Classic Sweet Tea
There are a few trademark things people think of when they think of the South, like the friendly people with their Southern hospitality, the sunny weather and lovely sweet iced tea….very sweet. This classic Southern sweet tea recipe is very simple - just tea, sugar, water and lemon. There is simply not a more iconic Southern drink.
12 regular-size tea bags
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 distilled or bottled water
1/4 ice cubes
11/4 cups simple syrup (found on our lemonade recipe)
Place tea bags and baking soda in a large heatproof glass pitcher.
Bring water just to a boil in a saucepan or kettle and immediately pour over tea bags. Keep them submerged, cover and mash for 7 minutes. Remove tea bags without squeezing and discard them.
Add the ice and stir until it’s all melted. Stir in the simple syrup and serve over ice. Delicious!
Mississippi mud pie
For the base: 300g bourbon biscuits crushed, 75g butter melted
For the filling: 85g dark chocolate 70% cocoa solids, 85g butter, 2 free-range eggs, 85g muscovado sugar, 100ml double cream
For the fudge Sauce: 150g dark chocolate 70% cocoa solids, 150ml double cream, 3 tbsp golden syrup, 175g icing sugar
Homemade Southern Lemonade
If you've ever wondered how to make your own lemonade, we have the perfect recipe, and next to southern sweet tea, a cool glass of lemonade is one of the most refreshing ways to cool off during the South's hot and humid summer months. Plus, just like sweet tea, the best lemonade is made using hot water.
You make lemonade with water, sugar, and freshly squeezed (be sure to use fresh lemons!) lemon juice. But don’t just put all of those ingredients in a pitcher and stir them up as sugar doesn't dissolve easily in cold water - no matter how hard you stir you will still be left with a layer of sugar at the bottom. So make a simple syrup by combining equal parts sugar and very hot water and stir until the mixture is clear, then let it cool.
If you want an extra hit of lemon, add a pinch of fresh lemon zest to the syrup. You can also add a few sprigs of fresh herbs to the warm syrup if you have them in your garden (rosemary, basil, or mint all work well) and let it infuse until the mixture cools. Remove the herbs before using the syrup. Or, if you fancy making pink lemonade just stir in ¼ cup of pureed fresh or frozen strawberries for each 1 cup of simple syrup.
Once the homemade simple syrup has cooled, just combine it with your preferred ratio of cold water and fresh lemon juice. Some people love super-sweet lemonade, while others prefer it on the sharper side. To see how you like it, add the water gradually so you don't overdo it but the flavour needs to be concentrated so that when you pour the lemonade over ice, it won't become diluted and watery.
Grab a book (we’ve got some great Mississippi book recommendations), sit in the sunshine and enjoy!
Or if you fancy turning it into a cocktail, why not try a Spiked Arnold Palmer. A refreshing alcoholic beverage with a blend of iced tea and lemonade.