As you know, at Brabantialife we simply love home cooking and food is the best way to bring together our friends and family. August should be the perfect month for eating al fresco, so make the most of those long summer days (fingers tightly crossed) with some simple dishes that celebrate the very best of the wonderful seasonal produce.
This is the perfect time of year for fresh scallops, those temptingly sweet morsels from the sea with their satisfyingly meaty yet delicate texture. Simply steam or grill them, or perhaps fry in a little butter and olive oil. But take care not to overcook – they just take a few minutes. They work well with robust ingredients such as bacon or black pudding and we also adore them with Oriental flavours such as steamed scallops with ginger and lemongrass.
Figs are a glorious end-of-summer fruit, bringing back memories of holidays in the Mediterranean, devouring juicy figs straight from the tree. They are so good drizzled with honey and thyme and a sprinkling of pistachios, then roasted and served with creamy mascarpone. Or how about this scrumptious chicken with figs?
As we move towards autumn, the flavour of the lamb available intensifies. A roast leg of lamb with olives and garlic would make an ideal Sunday roast at this time of year, or if you’re in the mood for a barbecue, we recommend these spicy lamb burgers with coriander and yoghurt relish.
This is the time of year when you’re likely to have a glut of courgettes (zucchini) on your hands. But fear not, as they are such a versatile vegetable and there are so many lovely ways to use – from the humble ratatouille and simple pasta to tasty chutney and even courgette cake!
Did you know the peach tree is related to the rose? Perhaps that’s why peaches have such a floral, perfumed flavour when they are at their ripest in late summer. For us, the classic peach melba will never go out of fashion and who can resist a Bellini cocktail? For a more contemporary take on the peach, this peach, prosciutto and rocket salad is a real winner.
So what dishes are you serving up this month? And what foods bring back your own memories of long, hot summers?