Finding things to go with easy suppers can sometimes be more of a problem than grilling some chops or roasting a chicken. Putting on some rice or bunging some potatoes in the oven to bake is simple enough, but what about the vegetables? Imaginative, tasty ideas are always useful and I thought, today, I'd share another of my favourite side dishes with you. These courgettes are really easy, and really tasty. The 'secret ingredient' is balsamic glaze which you can get in Sainsbury's and, I believe, in Tesco. As an added bonus these are delicious cold for lunch the next day, with some shaved parmesan over the top and some nice bread to mop up the juices. Lovely as part of a mixed antipasti first course as well, if you can bear to cook them the day before and let them cool.
Roasted Balsamic Courgettes
4 tbsp olive oil
1 head of garlic, separated into peeled cloves
balsamic glaze (and see above)
parsley, roughly chopped
Pour the olive oil into a roasting pan and add the halved garlic cloves. Pop the tin into a 180°c oven for 5 minutes while you prepare the courgettes. Halve them lengthways, then chop into 2cm chunks. Tip these into the roasting tin and toss well to coat them in the garlicky oil. Roast for 20 minutes, then squeeze over a good souse of the balsamic glaze. Toss again and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Throw over a mass of chopped parsley to serve. Good hot, great warm - and gorgeous cold too. Result!