Summer is a wonderful time for British produce, with many tasty fruit and veggies at their very best. If you’re stuck for inspiration over what to do with what, here are a few quick and easy ideas.
Rhubarb: Most of us have horrible memories from our childhood involving eating unripe too-sharp rhubarb, but if you use it when it’s bright pink you shouldn’t have to sweeten it too much. My simple rhubarb fool or chilled crumble will take you just a few minutes to prepare.
Berries: Everyone loves strawberries and cream, but how about doing something a little different? Chocolate pots are super easy and always go down a storm. (to serve four) melt 200g good quality dark chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir in 200ml double cream, divide into bowls or glasses and leave to cool in the fridge. Once you are ready to serve top with a layer of freshly chopped strawberries or raspberries. Or try my free from recipe.
Make the most of all the lovely lettuce that’s around by having salads for lunch instead of sandwiches. Top with British tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and leftover roasted meat or veg. Make a delicious dressing with extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon, apple cider vinegar and a dash of local honey.
Marrow: don’t be afraid, these are just extra large courgettes. Dice them up with some onions and aubergines, season, drizzle with olive oil and roast them in a pre-heated oven for half an hour. Add to curries, stir fries or your lunchtime salad. Or try making these grain free pancakes.
Spinach: I love the green stuff and cannot get enough of it, but I know not everyone shares my enthusiasm. Add a handful to your banana smoothie next time you’re in the mood for one to give it a massive iron boost. For pure indulgence add a tbsp cocoa powder and a tsp honey and have yourself a fab thick shake. Test it out on the kids, I bet they have no idea!
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