High summer gives us lots of choices for quick, easy and locally sourced produce.
This month, you will want to be including aubergines (eggplant), courgettes (zucchini), basil, peach, apricots and blackberries if you are in the UK – check out this useful seasonality table from the BBC.
Here are some ideas of what we are doing.
Monday. Why not go for a meatless Monday? Try this pizza primavera. Make up some pizza dough this evening. Leave it to slowly rise in the refrigerator- if you have something else in mind for tomorrow, this dough will last several days, and continue develop a mild sourdough flavour. Top up with seasonal zucchini (courgettes). If you have a barbecue and the weather remains compliant, then you could cook your pizza on the grill.
Tuesday. Grab a loaf of crusty bread on the way home and use it to scoop up some foil baked feta and roasted summer vegetables. Chop up seasonal vegetables, add a drizzle of good olive oil, some balsamic and season.
Grab a piece of fillet steak and put it in the freezer – we are making Bulgogi beef for Thursday.
Wednesday. In need of some comfort food? We have noticed some blackberries ready for the picking on our walks around town. Gather them up and make this healthy but tasty fruit crumble with some plump figs. The soft fruit make for a sweet, floral jammy treat with quinoa adding a nice wholegrain flavour to the crispy crumble topping.
Before bed, make up the marinade for your bulgogi beef, slice the frozen beef and put it into the marinade to tenderise and flavourise overnight in the refrigerator.
Thursday: You can either barbecue or pan sear that super tender beef for dinner. Some rice, sesame flecked stir fried green vegetables and mushrooms and some bibimbap sauce if you have it make this bulgogi beef a great family meal.
On the other hand if you don’t want red meat, or have not prepped the marinade, this souffle omelette is a light and easy meal to use up the remains of that crusty bread from Tuesday.
Friday: We have some ideas for weekend bakes and more involved cooking coming up. So this quick and easy crab stir fry makes for a fuss free dinner to start the weekend. We keep a dish of udon noodles in our kitchen. We love this kind of spicy, slurpy noodle dish. It is low fat and healthy too. A great way to offset weekend feasting.
So there you have it, some midweek ideas for you. We will have some more ideas through the week to tempt you and some great baking projects for next weekend.