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Summer food ideas

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by JU3fromLeics, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. JU3fromLeics

    JU3fromLeics Occasional commenter

    I'm sure everyone's making the most of the warm weather.

    Salad potatoes with salad cream are a definite favourite as part of a main meal.

    What Summer food is everyone enjoying at the moment?
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  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I do a lot of salads, but with a dressing. So
    Tomato salad
    Cucumber salad
    Courgette salad
    Mushroom salad.
    I too do a warm potato salad.

    barbecue food because that can be cooked outside.
  3. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Rocket slaw
    Caesar salad
    Tomato, pesto and mozarella salad
    Strawberries and cream
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  4. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    Definitely Middle Eastern food here, Tabbouleh, Fattoush, Kibbeh, Kofta Falafel etc.
  5. cosmosinfrance

    cosmosinfrance Star commenter

    Salade Nicoise

    Plus what everyone else has said so far
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  6. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Salad Nicoise.....................perfect! Might do that for lunch tomorrow as got a good friend popping in!
  7. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    My favourite food - ice cream!
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  8. landaise

    landaise Occasional commenter

    Barbecue : love sardines or gambas simply grilled
    Greek salad, Panzanella, tomato salad, Chicken caesar salad
    Paella, often finish cooking mine on the barbecue as my paellera is too big for the hob
    Watermelon, have a whole one prepared in my fridge atm
    Fougasse, perfect for apéritif
  9. JU3fromLeics

    JU3fromLeics Occasional commenter

    Ice cream goes well with strawberries.
    They somehow taste better if they are home grown.
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  10. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

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  11. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Doh! Now why didn't I read this sooner.?:oops:

    Got fish this evening and we could have had paella if only I'd thought of it sooner.:(

    My 'success' rate with rice has not been great over the years, so I tended to avoid any rice dishes. Well cooked by me anyway.;) However having read a couple of threads on here and doing a bit of research how to get fluffy rice I was thinking of trying again sometime.
    Will have to write myself a big memo.

    Wanders off to find if I can find that whiteboard. . . . .
  12. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    For paella you want creamy rice, achieved by using arborio rice (or similar) and stirring all the time like for a risotto. Fluffy savoury rice dishes are pilafs.
    I love risottos and paella and am thinking of getting one of those gas fired outdoors paella pans.
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  13. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Thanks for the info Belle.
    I'm generally no good with rice full stop - creamy or otherwise. :(:oops: - No I tell an untruth! I can make rice pudding, but that's because you just stick it in the oven and leave it.;)
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  14. JU3fromLeics

    JU3fromLeics Occasional commenter

    Spanish food !
    Tortilla served with salad.
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  15. Valen

    Valen New commenter

    Ice cream. Lots of it.
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  16. sagesund

    sagesund Occasional commenter

    Fresh fruit salad; salmon fillets with home grown rocket.
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  17. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Beautiful big, tender lettuces (don't like cos) and sweet tomatoes that have been grown in soil. Ditto strawberries. Ditto new potatoes. Fresh peas that are young and sweet. Broad beans that are so young they don't need to have their internal shells removed. Runner beans picked while still tender and fragrant.

    Chicken with lemon and garlic, Greek style. Grilled sardines or, even better, pilchards.

    Ah, summer...
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  18. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    I discovered tabbouleh when I had a glut of flat leaf parsley and googled for recipes. It has become a family favourite and reason for growing bulk herbs - though I use walnuts and leave out the bulgar wheat as it's a bit bland.

    Salads leaves with 1/3rd each of curly lettuce, baby chard leaves and baby sorel - fresh oregano and chives to add flavour.

    I love chard, it's a bit bitter on it's own but great steamed with another vegetable such as leeks, broccoli or peas. I've also discovered that the unopened flower buds are good too when it starts to bolt, similar to sprouting broccoli.

    Courgettes on their way soon and I'm going to try stuffed flowers too.
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  19. JU3fromLeics

    JU3fromLeics Occasional commenter

    Courgettes keep getting added to pasta dishes and salad.
    Growing plenty of salad leaves as well including rocket.
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  20. JU3fromLeics

    JU3fromLeics Occasional commenter

    I've been growing plenty of peas. They fresh ones always taste better somehow. Young broad beans are definitely worth the effort.

    Both work well with salad potatoes.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2016
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