Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up a deliciously light and summery Sunday lunch

As an Australian, Bill is not your man for a traditional Sunday roast, but his version is homely and refreshing

If you want someone to talk you through how to create an amazing traditional Sunday lunch with roast chicken, gravy, bread sauce and so on, it's not me. As an Australian, it would be foolish of me to engage in a debate on what makes a meal worthy of the title "Sunday lunch".

For starters, unlike the British, we have no specific tradition on this topic, and even if we did, I've never been one to follow rules when it comes to deciding what to put on the table. So instead here is a lovely summery menu: homely, light, refreshing and, for me at least, ideal for a sunny Sunday.

Easily doubled or even trebled, it caters perfectly to the open-house comings and goings of the holiday period. I don't know about you, but I never know how many I'll be feeding at any one meal. The kids are the main culprits; it seems that in the time it takes to send a text, we can go from three to anything between zero and six kids for lunch. "That's OK, isn't it, Dad?"

Rosemary chicken 'under a brick' with almond and red-pepper relish

In Italy they have this wonderful technique for cooking chicken in a wood-burning oven under the weight of a hot brick. My humble variation is a bit more practical but still gets the skin beautifully crisp. Although I have to admit that it's not half as romantic…

Serves 4

4 chicken legs
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large rosemary sprigs, torn

For the relish

1 tsp fennel seeds
1 red chilli, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
4 thyme sprigs, chopped
Handful toasted almonds, chopped
2 large roasted red peppers, finely chopped
3 tbsp olive oil

To serve

Lemon wedges

Using a sharp knife, cut 3 or 4 slashes through the skin and flesh of the chicken legs. Take a large, heavy-based saucepan and fill it with water. Rub the chicken with the oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat a large, heavy-based frying pan over a high heat and lay in the chicken, skin-side down.

Sit the pan full of water on the chicken, to weigh it down and flatten it. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes, turn the chicken over, weigh it down again with the pan of water and cook for a further 15 minutes.

Set the pan with water aside, scatter rosemary all over the chicken then turn it over, skin-side down. Sit the pan of water on it once more and cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked through, with no signs of pink.

For the almond and red-pepper relish, toast the fennel k seeds in a small pan over a medium heat for 1 minute, until they release their aroma. Place in a mortar, add the chilli, garlic, thyme and a pinch of sea salt, and pound with a pestle until the garlic is crushed to a smooth paste. Tip into a bowl and stir in the chopped almonds and peppers. Stir in the olive oil.

Serve with the rosemary chicken, lemon wedges and an extra drizzle of olive oil if you like.

Fennel, pea, mozzarella, mint and lemon salad

I love the juxtaposition of the warm fennel with the cold mozzarella in this salad. There are also enough different textures and flavours here to make sure that no two mouthfuls will taste the same. The chunks of lemon are a bit unusual, but really do work, adding a bit of zing to what is already a light and refreshing salad.

Serves 4

1 large fennel bulb, cut into wedges
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
½ tsp crushed chillies
1 lemon, peeled and chopped
75g frozen peas, defrosted
1 garlic clove
2 slices crusty bread, toasted
2 x 125g balls buffalo mozzarella, each torn into four
Handful mint leaves

Fennel, pea, mozzarella, mint and lemon salad Fennel, pea, mozzarella, mint and lemon salad (Kristin Perers)
Drizzle the fennel wedges with oil and season with salt. Cook on a griddle pan over a high heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until charred and softened. Place 2 tbsp of oil in a large bowl and stir in the chillies, lemon and peas. Season with salt and toss through the grilled fennel. Rub the garlic clove over one side of the toasted bread then chop the bread roughly. Stir into the bowl.

Place the salad on a serving platter and top with the torn mozzarella and the mint leaves.

Berry, granola and mascarpone pots

On a beautiful day I might check whether people want a dessert or would rather go out and grab an ice cream later. If there are enough takers, these little pots are perfect for last-minute assembly. You'll need to have made the granola already, of course.

Serves 4

250g raspberries
200g crème fraîche
125g mascarpone
1 tbsp icing sugar
5-6 strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered if very large
Good handful blueberries

For the granola

100g porridge oats
100g mixed whole nuts (we used almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios)
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp light-flavoured oil

Bill's granola and mascarpone pots Bill's granola and mascarpone pots (Kristin Perers)
For the granola, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4. Combine the oats, nuts, honey and oil in a large bowl. Tip out on to a lined baking sheet and spread out to form an even layer. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring a couple of times, until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Store in an air-tight container if not using within a couple of hours.

Crush the raspberries and divide between four glasses. Combine the crème fraîche and mascarpone. Sweeten with the icing sugar and spoon into the glasses. Top with the strawberries, blueberries and granola and serve. Save any leftover granola for breakfast.

Bill's restaurant, Granger & Co, is at 175 Westbourne Grove, London W11, tel: 020 7229 9111, and 50 Sekforde Street, London EC1, tel: 020 7251 9032, grangerandco.com. Follow Bill on Instagram at bill.granger

Food preparation: Marina Filippelli; Props merchandising: Rachel Jukes

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Recruitment Genius: Car Sales Executive - Franchised Main Dealer

    £30000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...

    Recruitment Genius: Group Sales Manager - Field Based

    £21000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Located on the stunning Sandban...

    Guru Careers: Email Marketing Specialist

    £26 - 35k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Email Marketing Specialist is needed to join...

    Recruitment Genius: Tour Drivers - UK & European

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity to join a is a...

    Day In a Page

    Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

    Isis hostage crisis

    The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
    Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

    The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

    Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
    Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

    Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

    Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
    Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

    Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

    This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
    Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

    Cabbage is king again

    Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
    11 best winter skin treats

    Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

    Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
    Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

    Paul Scholes column

    The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
    Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

    Frank Warren's Ringside

    No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
    Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

    Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

    The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
    Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

    Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

    Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
    Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
    Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

    Comedians share stories of depression

    The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
    Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

    Has The Archers lost the plot?

    A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
    English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

    14 office buildings added to protected lists

    Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
    Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

    Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

    Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee