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Simple and in season July – now open

July 1, 2014
Summer pudding

Summer pudding

A new baby is always an excuse for a celebration and how lucky for this particular baby to be born at the end of June. My friend and fabulous food blogger Ren has just welcomed baby Matthew into her gorgeous family. I know from personal experience that a summer birthday is best. Compare my birthday parties in February (a few friends, pitch black outside, going home in the freezing cold) with my sister’s (the lawn full of friends, the sun beaming and a summer birthday tea). That summer tea always included strawberries picked, in abundance, from our garden, sprinkled with sugar and served in cut glass bowls with cream.

So while Ren juggles a new baby, a family, recipe development, and her successful blog, I’m very honoured to take the reins of ‘Simple and in Season’ for this month. It’s an event to share recipes based on seasonal ingredients – a topic very close to my heart.

I’m flying to the UK tomorrow for my annual catch up with my family and home country. A big part of the excitement is the prospect of eating new potatoes, rainbow chard, watercress and, of course, English strawberries.  The Stroud Farmers Market is always a source of inspiration. I’ll be posting from other people’s kitchens and if you’d like to share a ‘Simple and in Season’ recipe…..

Simple and in Season - enter your post on

Here are some guidelines:

Read the following and then add your recipe with a link to your post in the comments section below. 

  1. Come up with a dish using any produce that’s in season right now where you live – savoury or sweet, any seasonal produce you fancy including fruit, veg, herbs, meat or fish – it’s up to you.
  2. Post the recipe on your blog and link it back to this page – My Custard Pie – Simple and in Season and to Ren’s Simple and In Season page:
  3. Please feel free to use the image/badge above on your blog post.
  4. Post your recipe by the 31st July 2014.  I’ll do a round-up post of all the entries as soon as I can after that.
  5. You can take inspiration from anywhere – adapt a recipe from your favourite cookbook, try something from a magazine, make up your own creation or share a family favourite. The usual rules apply when using someone else’s recipe; please get permission from the author to post it or adapt it in some way stating how/why you’ve changed it.
  6. Enter as many recipes as you like. You can link posts entered into other blog events or carnivals as long as it involves a seasonal food item (and fits in with their rules).
  7. By entering your post, you are giving me permission to add a photograph to the round-up. I will link back directly to your post when I include you.
  8. On Twitter or Instagram use the #simpleandinseason hashtag or mention @mycustardpie or @RenBehan and we’ll share the love.

I’m very excited to be guest hosting this event and really looking forward to seeing your entries – my guess is a LOT of strawberries 🙂

What are you making with seasonal produce in July?

P.S. Simple and in Season July is now closed – thanks for your lovely entries. I’ll get the round up as soon as I can (celebrating my daughter’s 18th on 1st August and traveling that weekend so might be a few days into August).

  1. July 1, 2014 8:08 am

    What a cool idea! I love cooking in season. There shouldn’t be any other way to cook.

    • July 1, 2014 8:26 am

      Agreed 100% – hope you’ll join in 🙂

  2. July 1, 2014 9:08 am

    That sounds wonderful! After a few sunny days, our garden is virtually exploding! A pity there is no recipe that calls for just 3 cherries … that’s unfortunately all our little tree has mastered this year…

    • July 1, 2014 9:24 am

      Aw – how sweet. I’m imagining your little tree.

  3. Ema Jones permalink
    July 1, 2014 9:51 am

    That’s awesome!
    Celebrate 4th July with Almond and berry berry blueberry tart recipe..

    • July 4, 2014 11:03 pm

      Just saw this comment and lovely recipe. Happy 4th of July Ema

      • Ema Jones permalink
        July 5, 2014 8:09 am

        Thanks a lot.
        Enjoy Sweet Trifle and healthy salads..
        Hope you have a great weekend ahead

  4. July 1, 2014 10:35 am

    Enjoy your visit to the UK…..

    • July 1, 2014 10:51 pm

      I will – you can bank on that.

  5. July 1, 2014 10:47 am

    A lovely idea! Have a wonderful time in the UK.



    • July 1, 2014 10:52 pm

      Just can’t wait Rosa. Thanks

  6. July 1, 2014 11:52 am

    Lovely idea – will try get my act together to contribute. Have a wonderful trip home!
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • July 1, 2014 10:52 pm

      Do hope you manage to join in Mandy 🙂

  7. July 1, 2014 12:03 pm

    Great to see you at the helm of Ren’s popular roundup. My little patch is exploding with different greens – a few types of chards, kales and nippy leaves, loads of herbs, a few slow poke tomato plants (no greenhouse to encourage them), some black pak choi that has pretty much been demolished by hungry critters, and a tree heaving with soon-to-ripen Victoria plums. My apple tree is a disappointment this year as it had loads of pretty blossom but I can’t see any little apples! I hope to send in something from this lot later in the month. All best, Kellie x

    • July 1, 2014 10:53 pm

      There is nothing better than a ripe Victoria plum straight from the tree. Even your comments are poetic and packed with healthy food Kellie. 🙂

  8. July 1, 2014 12:48 pm

    Look out for my post on the 31st of July Sally – I have something simple and in season which is perfect for this. Enjoy your trip home 🙂

    • July 1, 2014 10:54 pm

      I will indeed Tandy. Now intrigued.

  9. July 1, 2014 1:30 pm

    Hope you have a fab visit to the UK! Delighted to hear of Matthew’s safe arrival too!

  10. July 1, 2014 1:43 pm

    I can’t wait to meet baby Matthew myself and hope we get a chance to bump into each other at some point during your summer visit too. Looking forward to contributing to this month’s event!

    • July 1, 2014 10:54 pm

      Matthew looks gorgeous doesn’t he Sarah and Elizabeth. 🙂

    • July 1, 2014 10:55 pm

      PS Yes would love to meet up – itinerary looking really ragged round the edges right now.

  11. July 1, 2014 2:46 pm

    Summer in the West Country? Can’t beat it!

  12. July 1, 2014 2:53 pm

    Love the idea and I will try to enter this month 🙂 Shred the link on C&V Facebook page…

    • July 1, 2014 10:56 pm

      Thanks Margot – would love to see your entry and thanks for sharing.

  13. July 1, 2014 3:50 pm

    I love using seasonal produce. Here is my entry:

    • July 1, 2014 10:57 pm

      OOoh thank you Dannii – the carrots freshly pulled from the earth at this time of year can’t be beaten.

  14. July 1, 2014 4:01 pm

    Have a great visit xx

  15. July 1, 2014 4:31 pm

    Ooh, I must go congratulate Ren. I agree, I wish we had a summer birthday, ours are December and February. Summer parties (and foods) are just lovely.

    • July 1, 2014 11:03 pm

      I might be near your neck of the woods this summer. Exploring the Peak District.

  16. July 1, 2014 5:00 pm

    I have taken allotment inspiration because that has to be seasonal right??!

    • July 1, 2014 11:04 pm

      I am SO glad there is a post with nasturtiums 🙂

  17. July 1, 2014 5:41 pm

    Ah this is one of my favourite blogging events Sally… I shall definitely be looking out some seasonal goodies to contribute to this month’s round!

    • July 1, 2014 11:05 pm

      So glad Katie – looking forward to seeing what you (and I) come up with.

  18. July 1, 2014 6:10 pm

    Sally, have a wonderful visit – if you are in London and have some time, drop me a line – we could meet for coffee or shopping! Looking forward to entering a recipe to this month’s challenge!

  19. July 1, 2014 6:57 pm

    Sally, this is my entry as I can’t see the linky tool thing anywhere nor the ping back to you –

    • July 1, 2014 11:06 pm

      No linky I’m afraid – just comments. Lovely recipe- thanks for joining in Selma.

  20. July 2, 2014 12:26 pm

    Super idea. I would love to participate.. Congrats to Ren. It’s a blessed time as it is demanding with a new baby.

    • July 4, 2014 10:54 pm

      I do hope you enter Anita – would love to see your seasonal recipe.

  21. July 2, 2014 1:47 pm

    I’ll just go add it to The Food Blog Diary for you Sally 🙂

    • July 4, 2014 10:54 pm

      Thank you Jac – great resource.

  22. ramblingtart permalink
    July 2, 2014 4:27 pm

    I hope you have a fantastic trip! 🙂 Seasonally I’m cooking with apples a LOT! 🙂

    • July 4, 2014 10:57 pm

      Such a versatile fruit for cooking with. Apple sauce for pork, apple cake, apple sorbet etc. etc.

  23. July 3, 2014 2:48 am

    Have a lovely trip Sally!

  24. July 3, 2014 11:57 am

    Here’s my recipe! Vegan gin & gooseberry jellies. Yum 🙂

    Thanks for hosting!
    H x.

    • July 4, 2014 10:58 pm

      Really interested in this recipe. Adore gin. Love gooseberries. And my daughter avoids gelatin as a vegetarian.

  25. July 3, 2014 7:03 pm

    Have a lovely summer, and enjoy your time relaxing with your family 🙂 As for the event, what a great idea, I will make sure to add my entry this week!!

  26. July 4, 2014 1:05 am

    Sally, I have an entry, are you wanting submissions by email as I can’t see any code.

    • July 4, 2014 11:10 am

      LInk in the comments or email is fine. I can’t do a linky on my site. So glad you are entering 🙂

  27. July 4, 2014 2:06 pm

    Hi Sally I have a recipe to add. Tomatoes with a Greek salad dressing.
    Great to see you hosting this month!

    • July 4, 2014 11:00 pm

      Tomatoes in the summer the best. The scent on the skins, the umami flavour….. delicious in this salad.

  28. July 4, 2014 10:20 pm

    Here’s my entry – a giant raspberry cupcake

    • July 4, 2014 11:01 pm

      Haven’t had my first English raspberry yet. Can’t wait.

  29. Lauren Hairston permalink
    July 5, 2014 7:13 pm

    I’m linking up a Strawberry Crisp:

    Thanks for hosting! What fun.

    • Lauren Hairston permalink
      July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

      P.S. Enjoy your holiday!

    • July 11, 2014 3:25 pm

      I’ve never made a crisp – time to rectify Lauren (and thanks).

  30. bavariansojourn permalink
    July 6, 2014 10:41 am

    Love this… Here’s my recipe – Apricot & Bailoni Tarte Tartin – very simple and very seasonal! 🙂

    • July 11, 2014 3:26 pm

      Lovely recipe and intriguing title 🙂

  31. July 6, 2014 2:02 pm Bonjour from France – hope you like my seasonal elderflower and mint cordial – perfect for Summer days and great in a vodka and tonic too and roasted peaches with lemon thyme & rosewater

    • July 11, 2014 3:27 pm

      Simply gorgeous Ema – it’s certainly summer in your kitchen.

  32. July 6, 2014 2:53 pm

    Here you go : Courgette & Cherry Cupcakes (gluten free) with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting.
    Hope you like them!

    • July 11, 2014 3:29 pm

      I’ve made bread with courgettes and muffins with cherries but never had the two combined …and certainly not in a cupcake. How inviting does that frosting sound….

  33. July 7, 2014 10:51 am

    I would love to enter my Strawberries and Cream ‘naked’ cake this month. Celebrating British strawberrie’s at their season best

    • July 11, 2014 3:30 pm

      Classic combination and super morish cake too Lucy.

  34. July 7, 2014 5:00 pm

    Hi Sally, I’d love to enter my Gooseberry Fool recipe:

    • July 11, 2014 3:30 pm

      So glad you entered this – it’s one of my favourite summer puds Louisa.

  35. July 7, 2014 7:43 pm

    Bonjour all – My middle eastern inspired aubergine & tomato stew

    • July 11, 2014 3:31 pm

      Goodness you’ve been busy Ema

    • July 11, 2014 3:32 pm

      Turnips are used very often in the Middle East so really interested in this recipe.

  36. July 9, 2014 2:22 am

    Here’s my entry Sally – a Raspberry, Strawberry and Rose Millefeuille: Enjoy! And thanks for hosting!

    • July 11, 2014 3:33 pm

      A jaw dropping show stopper Vanesther. Just gorgeous.

  37. July 10, 2014 12:41 am

    Here is my entry Sally Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies

    • July 11, 2014 3:34 pm

      The word gorgeous has to crop up again – the perfect word for these delectable brownies Shaheen.

  38. July 10, 2014 3:04 pm

    Enjoy your trip Sally. Would be lovely to meet up with you this year if you have a window of opportunity when down in my part of the country.

    Here’s my entry for Mini Red Gooseberry Cakes –

    • July 11, 2014 3:35 pm

      Would love to – will email. In the meantime will gaze a bit longer at these lovely cakes….

  39. July 10, 2014 5:55 pm

    Hi Sally, here’s my entry for ‘Simple & In Season’ – Seasonal Vegetable Pakoras (Chickpea Flour Fritters):

    One of my favourite vegetables to use in July are courgettes, which are available all over Dubai.

    • July 11, 2014 3:37 pm

      While Europe revels in produce, we have to look quite hard to find seasonal produce in July. Thanks for entering and these pakoras are lovely.

  40. July 11, 2014 12:56 am

    This is my recipe for garganelli pasta.
    Thank you for hosting this month!

    • July 11, 2014 3:38 pm

      You’ve taught me a new word with this post. Going off to practice saying it …. garganelli…

  41. July 11, 2014 2:25 am

    Hi Sally, another seasonal recipe for you! My Quickie Broccoli Pasta:
    Thanks so much for hosting!

    • July 11, 2014 3:38 pm

      Very busy in your kitchen this month – great speedy standby recipe.

  42. July 14, 2014 3:50 pm

    Straight from the garden into the kitchen this month with Rocket pesto. Thanks for keeping Simple and in Season going while Ren has hands full.

    • July 17, 2014 5:59 pm

      Fantastic Ness – just the kind of thing I like to eat during the summer.

  43. July 15, 2014 2:27 am

    I’ve only come across your blog this evening and I think this challenge is a fabulous idea! My seasonal recipe is Strawberry Mousse

    • July 17, 2014 6:00 pm

      Glad to find your blog too Jasmine. I have a thing about mousses…. this looks divine.

  44. July 16, 2014 6:35 pm

    Hi Sally! Here is my Cherry Clafoutis recipe (entry post) for ‘Simple and in Season’. Thank you for being our host, and also for introducing me to this monthly event 🙂

    • July 17, 2014 5:50 pm

      This is one of my very favourite ways of eating cherries (other than raw). Thank you so much for entering.

  45. July 17, 2014 6:52 pm

    Here’s my recipe for Pea and Mint Soup – it seems to be a great month! Thank you!

    • July 29, 2014 12:06 am

      I adore this combination of ingredients – super when the peas are freshly picked along with the mint from the garden.

  46. July 20, 2014 10:02 am

    Hi, here is my recipe for a quince and almond cake from wintry Sydney Australia…

    A great initiative!

    • July 29, 2014 12:13 am

      Bookmarking this for quince season here.

  47. July 20, 2014 8:22 pm

    Hi Sally, here’s my entry
    Frozen Peach Yoghurt & Oaty Crumb Topping (No Churn)

    • July 29, 2014 12:13 am

      Veggie teen would love this oaty topping

  48. July 20, 2014 10:16 pm

    I have a turkey & chickpea curry (with hidden carrots & courgettes) to enter this month

    • July 29, 2014 12:14 am

      Interested in hiding courgettes as veggie teen won’t touch them (and I won’t give up!)

  49. July 22, 2014 9:53 am

    July is a great month for seasonal food. I’ve just linked my blackcurrant frozen yoghurt.

    • July 29, 2014 12:15 am

      I adore blackcurrants – much underated fruit drowned out by the shouty campaign of the blueberries 🙂

  50. July 23, 2014 9:33 am

    Hi Sally. I’m finally back with a recipe, and not one with Victoria plums! A Simple, Intense Roast Tomato Soup with Maftoul.

    • July 29, 2014 12:16 am

      How wonderful to make the most of the rich umami flavour you only get from beautifully sun-ripened tomatoes in season

  51. July 23, 2014 11:49 am

    Hi Sally.My entry is a rhubarb and redcurrant cheesecake
    Looking forward to reading the round up – I can see lots of fab recipes already!

    • July 29, 2014 12:17 am

      So many fab recipes – and this is another one. These ingredients remind me so much of summer holidays playing in the garden.

  52. July 23, 2014 6:59 pm

    Hi Sally,
    sorry for the delay – I had to wait for enough tomatoes to prepare our chancho en piedra, a Chilean tomato salsa:
    Hope you like it and thanks for hosting!

    • July 29, 2014 12:17 am

      Plenty of time Ginger and well worth the wait.

  53. July 23, 2014 11:14 pm

    Hi Sally, another one for you: Barbecue Sausage Dinner on a Stick!

  54. July 24, 2014 4:15 am

    Thanks for hosting Simple and In Season, Sally. And what a wonderful month July is for in season fruits and vegetables! I’m sharing a recipe for Raspberry-Cointreau Tarts with Chocolate Crust,

    • July 29, 2014 12:19 am

      Sophisticated AND seasonal. Love it Alexandra.

  55. July 24, 2014 5:43 pm

    Such uberdelicious summer posts, it got me inspired. Here’s an entry if not too late:

    • July 29, 2014 12:19 am

      SO GLAD you entered…. gorgeous recipe too. Hope you are having a wonderful summer.

  56. July 26, 2014 12:27 am

    Moist, fragrant and summery – lemon, lavender and almond cake.

    • July 29, 2014 12:20 am

      Beautiful – have to take something to a barbecue.. This could be on the cards…

    • July 29, 2014 12:20 am

      Perfect. When chillies ripen they come in a glut!!

  57. July 26, 2014 5:54 pm

    Hi Sally, I have another peach entry for you, Peach Streusel Kuchen Traybake

    • July 29, 2014 12:21 am

      Divine – the title of this recipe alone sounds lip smacking

  58. July 26, 2014 8:00 pm

    Here’s my fake watermelon “cake”

    • July 29, 2014 12:22 am

      I have never seen anything like this Caroline. Really unique and very healthy dessert.

  59. July 27, 2014 9:11 pm

    Hi Sally, I have another entry for you:
    Swiss Chard, Mushroom & Potato Frittata

    • July 29, 2014 12:23 am

      It’s busy in your kitchen this month – another delicious one.

  60. July 27, 2014 9:13 pm

    Here is my strawberry and coconut loaf cake. Guess which one is the seasonal one 🙂

    • July 29, 2014 12:24 am

      Ha – yes….although less strawberry posts than I’d imagined so lovely to receive another one. I don’t think I’ve ever baked strawbs in a cake.

  61. July 28, 2014 11:58 pm

    Hi Sally! Here’s my entry – Cheddar and Spring Onion Courgette fritters =)

    • July 29, 2014 12:25 am

      All veggie teens favourite ingredients in one 🙂

  62. July 29, 2014 2:07 am

    hi Sally – here is my link – Crab and Avocado Vietnamese summer rolls 🙂

  63. July 30, 2014 3:14 am

    Just linked up my Strawberry and Rose Ice Cream Soda. Thanks for doing a stirling job at the helm of Simple and in Season!

  64. August 1, 2014 2:39 am

    Hi Sally. I have another entry for you – chocolate and strawberry cake


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