Thinking about all we love about the summer, one of our favourite things has to be embracing a more informal way of eating. BBQs, picnics, sharing platters – all alfresco with delicious fresh ingredients and a great big dollop of sunshine.
If you’re packing up a picnic, why not make a contemporary twist on everyone’s favourite – the humble scotch egg. Guaranteed to surprise and delight, these thai-spiced scotch eggs are not only easy to make, but chicken’s eggs can be replaced with quail’s eggs for a more dainty and genteel version. Delish.
Something else your fellow picnickers won’t be expecting is a yummy gazpacho shot. Perfect for a hot sunny day, this refreshingly chilled soup-cum-cocktail tastes even better if it’s made from tomatoes harvested from your own garden.
We reckon there’s something special about sharing a platter with friends. This summer, forget the traditional cheese or charcuterie board and go fishy, with a tasty mix of smoked salmon, mackerel, and trout. The spiced cucumber salad with this recipe, courtesy of BBC Good Food, is a fantastic accompaniment, cutting through the richness of all this beautiful fish. An easy summer recipe and one to be enjoyed when looking out to sea.
Keeping on a fishy theme, why not make Rick Stein’s tasty sardines the star turn of your next BBQ?
Packed full of flavour, sardines are sustainable and a great alternative more expensive fish. When marinated as Rick suggests with lemon zest, rosemary, garlic, olives and capers, these will have everyone coming back for more.
And then for a summer desert. This was really hard to choose, so we’ve opted for two: a deliciously subtle elderflower cheesecake and sunshine on a stick, in the form of a Pimm’s ice lolly. Perhaps it would be rude to choose between the two.
Enjoy the doing
Let us know which of these tasty recipes you will be sampling this summer?
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