Easy meals for the hot weather

by sophie on August 19, 2012 · 7 comments

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After a record-breakingly wet year to date the sun has finally arrived in Great Britain.  When you live in a place where Summer is short, you have to get out there rather than sweltering in the kitchen.  I thought you might like a nosey into what I’ve been cooking (or not cooking).

  • My new favourite – this blueberry, mint and feta salad. I’m not a fan of blueberries but using them in a more savoury salad is a revelation. It works on its own as a light meal, or pair it with some meat or fish or some good bread (we had some soft walnut bread which was unexpectedly good for a spur of the moment supermarket purchase)
  • A few different salads that can be made into easy meals with a piece of grilled meat or fish one day and falafel or griddled halloumi cheese the next. Tzatziki, grated carrot & raisin with a squeeze of orange juice, salad leaves, spicy cucumber salad and roast peppers will all keep for a day or two.
  • a big batch of this summer fruit salad, full of fruits that I love
  • An old favourite, Nigel Slater’s cold salmon noodle salad which has a properly tangy dressing with thai fish sauce, fresh herbs and chilli.  There’s not much vegetable in the noodle dish so the aforementioned cucumber salad wouldn’t go amiss.  I also poach the salmon so that I don’t have to stand over it.
  • Wholewheat spaghetti, tossed straight from the pan with truffle infused olive oil, salt, pepper and lots and lots of rocket
  • Martha Rose Schulman’s Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Romano Beans (actually made with green beans, spelt and a sprinkle of feta)

I’ve also been making recipes from An Honest Kitchen’s Summer edition; recipes I have been drooling over for some time but which have never quite made it to the top of the queue due to it, well, just being rather cold.  Highly recommended – delicious spicy mango ice lollies and a crunchy carrot and parsley salad.

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