Dad's Birthday Mezze Lunch at the Beach Hut

Dad’s Birthday Mezze Lunch at the Beach Hut

A couple of weekends ago we held a belated birthday feast at the beach hut for my Dad.  Belated due to lots going on for all of us – weekends become so very precious don’t they?  The wind was whipping up the beach but we tucked ourselves away in the beach hut with blankets on our knees to keep warm.  When you visit the seaside, never be fooled by that bright sunshine!

Dad's Birthday Mezze Lunch at the Beach Hut

My Dad is easy to feed and always appreciates for anything you cook for him.  My kind of guest.  He’s golden seal of approval is commenting on how much our late Mum would have liked it.  This type of comment renders me speechless and watery-eyed and nodding a smile of thanks.

I’ve used ready-made grains and pulses sold in pouches a lot lately.  I know they are an expensive alternative but when it’s late and I’m hungry and want something quick to eat they are bonus.  I make no apologies but should you wish to cook from dried then, as my Mum would say, you go for it.

Rich Couscous Salad

(serves 6)

1 x 300g packet ready-made salad grains or pulses


Juice of 1 lemon

30ml cider vinegar

50ml olive oil

2 tablespoon pesto

Handful of pitted green olives

Handful of mixed seeds (sunflower seeds etc)

1 bag salad leaves

Mix together the dressing, pour over grains, and then add the olives.

Place the salad leaves on a platter, place the dressed grains over, and give a good scattering of seeds.

Griddled Halloumi

Ready-made griddled marinated red peppers

Griddled courgettes




Pittas, warmed


Dad's Birthday Mezze Lunch at the Beach Hut

Lentil and Carrot Salad

(serves 6)

1 x 300g bag ready-made puy lentils

1 large carrot, grated

1 bag watercress


1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoon cider vinegar

3 tablespoon olive oil

Juice of half a lemon

1 teaspoon runny honey

1 handful of mixed seeds

1 pomegranate, seeds bashed out

Mix together the lentil and carrot together and then dress with the dressing.  Stir in the pomegranate seeds and mixed seeds.  Place watercress on a platter and then pile on the lentil mixture.

 Dad's Birthday Mezze Lunch at the Beach Hut


  • Reply Jean | 23rd February 2016 at 8:15 pm

    What a wonderful day! Wish my dad was still around to cook for. This lentil and carrot salad sounds like something I need to make very soon to serve alongside my homemade hummus and flatbreads.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook 23rd February 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Yes indeed good serving suggestion. I’m sure you’re dad loved your cooking. X

  • Reply Ivy Lumley 18th August 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I live in Canada, and have just now discovered your wonderful blog! My mom has also passed and when I read your recipes I think she would have liked this, simple, hardy, with ingredients on hand.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook 19th August 2016 at 6:44 am

      Thanks so much. I’m all for the simple recipes. If I can cook it then anyone can!!

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