Simple and in Season summer round up (July entries)
This gorgeous UK summer weather seemed to stretch on and on. I can’t help but think it inspired everyone to create even more delicious things to eat as there were a phenomenal number of entries to Simple and in Season in July from bloggers in Britain and around the world. I popped into see Ren (who I’m caretaking this event for) earlier in the month for a cuddle with baby Matthew who is adorable. Her Mum showed us typical Polish hospitality and insisted we stay to eat some of the huge feast she was making for lunch. Smacznego indeed.
This collection of wonderful recipes is well worth bookmarking or pinning as a guide to summer eating.
Don a floppy hat and eat these in the garden, whizz one up for a light lunch or treat your friends with a stunning summer starter.
- What do you do when you find a surprise turnip in your garden? Linzi of Lancashire Food added some delicious extras (including white wine) and made turnip soup.
- Katharine from Leeks and Lemoni has also been enjoying the fruits of her garden and this pea and mint soup is vivid green and fragrant.
- Kellie, a cancer health advisor, eats luscious, ripe tomatoes like candy (we do this in our house too). She adds interest and texture to her simple, intense tomato soup with wholemeal maftoul (a giant couscous) and fresh, garden herbs.
- How cool – in every sense of the word – is a watermelon gazpacho laced with fennel, cucumber, garlic and chilli? I miss my friend Francine of Life in the Food Lane so much since she moved to Houston (and her amazing food).
Do you yearn for exciting and enticing salads at this time of year? I know I do and here’s some inspiration:
- “I love using seasonal produce” says Dannii of Hungry, Healthy, Happy who dishes up a crunchy, herby bowl of carrot and coriander side salad.
- A good dressing makes all the difference – I want to dive into these tomatoes with Greek salad dressing from Laura of How to Cook Good Food.
- Francine paints the salad town red with strawberry, watermelon & beetroot salad.
Light dishes and summer recipes
- Have you ever cooked with nasturtiums? Me neither, but I’m totally intrigued by Urvashi’s enthusiasm for elevating the leaves to superfood status. Over on The Botantical Baker (how apt) they are a key ingredient in a little gnocchi from Uruguay and Brazil called Nhoque da Sorte. The full story is really interesting.
- Fish is a lovely light dish to eat during the warmer weather and Sarah from Maison Cupcake transforms basa fillets with bacon and spinach into a frugal meal that will satisfy the biggest appetites. She uses black salt too which I’d never heard of before.
- When it’s warm you don’t want to spend too long slaving over a hot stove. This is where Louisa from Eat your Veg comes up trumps with Quickie Broccoli Pasta using veg box produce.
- Ness from Jibber Jabber UK recommends you use her rocket pesto on pasta, baked salmon fillets and even on burgers. Any leftovers you can freeze in ice cube trays and pop out when required.
- Thrilled that Erum of Total Salads, who also lives in Dubai, submitted this delicious recipe for seasonal vegetable pakoras. I’m sure even vegetable haters would change their minds when they’ve been dipped in chickpea flour and made into fritters.
- Pesto makes another appearance in ‘My Little Italian Kitchen where Alida stirs a courgette pesto through garganelli pasta with almonds with juicy prawns and cherry tomatoes .
- Selma from Selma’s Table makes a different kind of fritter combining sweet potato, courgette and paneer in baked fritters. Great vegetarian option at a barbecue.
- Frittatas are a favourite in my kitchen and yours it seems. Sarah of Tales From a Kitchen Shed browned the top of her swiss chard, mushroom and potato frittata with a blow torch. Such a lovely picture in her flower-strewn garden.
- These Cheddar and spring onion courgette fritters are smaller and less eggy but equally tasty thanks to Laura of I’d Much Rather Bake Than…
- My Mum used to serve up hearty food on the warmest days and we wolfed it down, and that’s exactly what Jen’s “slightly veg-phobic man in his mid 30s” does with this turkey and chickpea curry (on Blue Kitchen Bakes).
- The other alternative to warm days is to head out for the barbecue – it can be a bit of afaff though. Not so when you put your
Barbie-tastic Dinner on a Stick. Such a great idea by Louisa of Eat your Veg.
- I finally found some rice paper wrappers before I left Dubai so these crab and avocado Vietnamese summer rolls on Franglais Kitchen are well and truly bookmarked. So pretty – thanks to Nazima and Pierre.
Strawberry fields forever
And if it’s summer in the UK there must be strawberries… lots of ripe juicy ones…
- I’ve never wanted to try an ice cream soda until seeing this Strawberry & Rose Ice Cream Soda by Vanesther of Bangers and Mash. How many other uses can you think of for strawberry and rose syrup?
- … how about raspberry, strawberry and rose millefuille? A summer show stopper also entered by Vanesther.
- Open my Nigella cook book at the old-fashioned chocolate cake recipe and you’ll see how much use it’s had by the smears and splats. Ros gives it a summery twist with a large helping of strawberries and honey-laced ganache with this chocolate and strawberry cake recipe.
- Grab a slice of Coconut and Strawberry Jam Loaf cake and read a childhood story about being let loose in a cake shop is by Solange on Pebble Soup.
- This beautiful pink strawberry mousse from Jasmine on Self Sufficient Cafe is made with only three ingredients and no cream.
- Shaheen of A Seasonal Veg Table tempted her niece to eat more fruit my making these magnificent strawberry cream cheese brownies.
- Giving Lucy my vote for the prettiest cake decoration with her strawberries and cream naked cake over on Supergolden bakes.
- This recipe by Lauren of Lovely for strawberry crisp had me searching for the difference between a crisp and a crumble (answer: they are very similar but both are good with custard).
Beautiful berries and more
July is the month for an abundance of other seasonal fruit too…
- Helen of Family-friends-food loves gooseberries and gin. I’d like to meet her as I think we’d get along well. I’ve bookmarked this vegan gin and gooseberry jelly recipe to make for my daughter.
- Fresh raspberries play a starring role in this giant cupcake that Caroline Makes.
- An honest nine year old prevented Emma from shoplifting an apricot by accident. She paid for it and then went back later to buy more apricots which she baked into this glorious apricot and bailoni tarte tatin over on A Bavarian Sojourn.
- Hidden veg are teamed with delicious ripe cherries to make these courgette & cherry cupcakes (gluten free) with cherry cream cheese frosting by Kate of The Gluten Free Alchemist.
- If you are able to tear yourself away from eating all your cherries raw, a claufoutis is the next best thing in my book. Linda of La Petite Paniere has a gorgeous Clafoutis aux Cerises recipe for you to try.
- Louisa whips up a gooseberry fool in minutes on Eat Your Veg. There was a delicious fool using pink gooseberries at a recent barbecue. Divine.
- Ripe red gooseberries also pop up in the middle of these pretty little red gooseberry cakes baked by Choclette on Chocolate Log Blog.
- My childhood summer hols were spent in our garden and we trawled it for anything edible; currant bushes yielded little jewels and have a soft spot in my heart. Delighted to see blackcurrant frozen yoghurt from Corina of Searching for Spice…
- … and this simple to make rhubarb and redcurrant cheesecake by Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker.
- Quince is season in the Southern Hemisphere. I’m bookmarking this caramelised quince and almond cake for when they appear in Dubai; this recipe baked by The Quirk and the Cool for a chilly Sydney winter, is totally up my street.
- Peach Streusel Kuchen Traybake also sounds very warm and comforting – another entry from Sarah of Tales From a Kitchen Shed…
- who also produced a refreshing frozen peach yoghurt and oatmeal recipe to cool off after a curry.
- This lemon, lavender and almond cake (which is also gluten-free) would also end a meal nicely or stand alone for afternoon tea. Thank again to Helen of Family-friends-food.
- Like the sound of fresh raspberries balanced on a Cointreau custard in a chocolate shell? Me too… and you can find how to make raspberry Cointreau tarts from Alexandra – The Lass in the apron.
- ‘Caroline Makes’ something really unique – a Watermelon Fake Cake. I was expecting some carved up coloured sponge cake from the title but she produces something much more surprising, healthy, refreshing and seasonal.
And for all those barbecues (if you are in the Northern Hemisphere in July) something to drink and something to spice up your grills.
- At the beginning of July you might still find just enough elderflower blossoms to make this aromatic Elderflower Mint Cordial submitted by Ema from De Tout Coeur Limousin. She also submitted Imam Bayildi and roasted apricots with lemon thyme recipes.
- Laura from How to Cook Good Food says that chilli sauce is like tomato sauce to her for versatility and appeal. Try her Chipotle Chilli Sauce recipe.
- Take a peep into Ginger and Bread’s garden and pick up a scrumptious recipe for Chancho en Piedra aka Chilean Tomato Salsa which you can slather on bread, crudites, burgers….
- And talking of slathering on bread, Tandy made this lovely homemade grapefruit curd which she transformed into grapefruit meringue tartlets over on Lavender and Lime.
If somehow I’ve missed you off the list email/tweet/message me immediately. It was quite a task compiling this delectable collection. If you want to enter the current round (August) it can be found over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary here.
Thanks to Ren for entrusting her precious event to my hands for a month and massive thank you to every who sent their recipes.