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.