Summer is one of our favourite times of year for many reasons, but one of the best has to be the ripened June produce, perfect for experimenting with new recipes! Here at Cooking Marvellous we’ve thought up a few ideas you can try with the best of the seasonal food….
Strawberries are at the top of our summer favourites as the simple, British classic. This summer instead of tossing your strawberries in a fruit salad, try the new craze – with sour cream and brown sugar! Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it, the combination of extra sweet and sour compliments the in-season fruit, and is the perfect excuse to serve a tasty, hassle-free pudding. To make this even easier for you, try using our Strawberry Huller and Knife, removing the stalk from the strawberry quickly and safely.
Healthy eating this summer? Green beans are a great seasonal product, perfect in meals designed for healthy eating and diets. For a quick lunch, slice a handful of string beans up, using our handy Bean Slicer, and fry up in a hot pan with a drizzle of low fat oil. Add a little water, about 2 tbsp, and then sprinkle over your seasoning of choice, cook for 2 – 3 minutes more, and you’re ready to serve! Our favourite seasonings to add are chives and lemon zest, which you can make yourself with our useful Lemon Zester.
Quiche is a great summer dish that’s nice to eat hot or cold, perfect to take on a picnic. We love quiche at Cooking Marvellous so it’s no surprise we have a wide range of quiche dishes suitable to cook and keep quiche in. Our current favourite seasonal quiche is goat’s cheese and watercress!
Summer is the perfect time to have a go at making ice cream with seasonal fruit flavours. One of our favourite flavours is tangy cherry, a choice the whole family loves. Cherry carries its strong flavour in to ice cream, without being sickly sweet like strawberry can be. We help make it that bit easier with our handy Cherry Stoner, so you don’t spoil the fruit while removing the stone (also can be used for olive stones). Ice cream can be made whether you have an ice cream maker or not – as long as you have a freezer there’s no excuse not to try it.
Asparagus is not only tasty but also very versatile. You can use asparagus in your starters or mains, have it as the centre of your meal, or a colourful side dish! This summer, lock in the flavour by serving your asparagus steamed with our asparagus steamer.
For a starter you can team your steamed greens with Parma ham and melted mozzarella, or if you prefer them in your main, they compliment any white fish.
From the Cooking Marvellous Team