Summer Recipes

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

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Sun-blushed tomato and feta salad

A wonderfully simple side salad that still delivers on flavour. Make sure to use good quality feta - it's worth it.

Greek-style chicken traybake

Everyone needs a chicken traybake recipe handy for an easy dinner. The Hairy Bikers deliver.

Blackberry and cream ripple ice pops

For this recipe, you will need 8 x 100ml/3½fl oz ice lolly moulds or 10 reusable ice pop moulds. You will also need wooden ice lolly sticks if the ice lolly moulds do not come with sticks.

Chargrilled summer vegetables with ricotta and charred lemon

Barbecuing vegetables gives them a delicately smoky flavour, which compliments the lemony, herby ricotta and gooey garlic dressing.

Lunchbox chorizo frittata

A thick slice of Spanish omelette, packed with chorizo, peas and potatoes, can be enjoyed hot or cold. Keep a few slices handy in the fridge for lunches or a speedy midweek tea.

Banana choc ices

Blended banana and yoghurt makes a naturally good inner layer for these classy choc ices, topped with mixed nuts, coconut flakes or freeze-dried raspberries. 

Pasta with almond, basil and pecorino pesto (pesto alla Trapanese)

Homemade pesto is such a treat. This version comes from Trapani in Sicily, and uses almonds and tomatoes instead of pine nuts.

Slow cooker chicken shawarma

This recipe features smoky, charred onions, grilled quickly at the end to serve with the spiced, slow-cooked chicken. The onions are a clever way to add a charred flavour that you might be missing from the meat.

Eton mess cheesecake

While I love a baked cheesecake, I also love the ease of making a cheesecake that sets in the fridge – like this one, which I jazz up with beautiful mini meringues and dehydrated strawberries. It’s the kind of dessert recipe I enjoy most, where the cake itself is easy to make, so I can spend lots of time creating the decorations.

Thai coconut-chilli prawns

The strident summery flavours of this quick and easy recipe make it an absolute winner for a barbecue or party.

Easy halloumi burgers

An easy smoky halloumi burger that will make you rethink burgers for ever. Whip this up for a veggie barbecue or a quick Friday dinner.

Lemon meringue ice cream with lemon balm

Lemon balm gives a gentle citrus tang to this impressive but easy ice cream. Try serving it with a raspberry coulis or summer berries.

Crispy cod wraps with salsa and harissa lime mayo

These fish wraps are a delight. Throw in sweet potato, za’atar and garlic chips, salsa and a spicy lime mayo and you have a tasty family dinner.

Aubergines in tamarind sauce with baked halloumi and saffron rice

A fantastic, decadent Middle Eastern feast, perfect if you're feeding a large crowd!

No-churn rum and raisin ice cream with glazed pineapple

Sweet, naughty and delicious, Mary Berry's no-churn rum and raisin ice cream is gorgeously smooth and so easy to make at home. Serve with the quick glazed pineapple for a relaxed summer dessert that's perfect for barbecues.

Few Drink Ideas 

Bramble

This classic cocktail, created by Dick Bradsell, puts a simple twist on a gin sour with crème de mûre, a blackberry liqueur, hence the name bramble.

Appletini

The appletini is a popular, fun and approachable alternative to the martini. If vodka isn’t your thing, try gin or calvados as an alternative.

Sangria

Mix an ice-cold jug of this traditional Spanish sangria recipe: a perfect cocktail for hot summer days.

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