So, it seems that rhubarb, wild garlic and asparagus were more or less the ingredients of the month in May as seen in the first part of the round up for Simple and in Season. Now it’s time for part two!
Simple and in Season June is also in full swing and you can enter here and also be in with a chance of winning a copy of The Green Kitchen.
26. Just over the half way mark, came an entry from Edible Things with a story from Mel about harvesting her own asparagus and also making an Asparagus Mousse for friends.
27. Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes made a vegetarian Broccoli and Celery Soup for her continuing 5:2 fast diet. I’m hearing great things about the plan and am going to try it soon, so this soup is bookmarked.
Jacqueline also writes for Baby Centre and very kindly included one of my summer salads into her recent post called Top 10 BBQ Salads – so if you are looking for salad inspiration, pop over and take a look.
28. Next came a stunning Asparagus and Gruyere Tart from Louisa at Chez Foti – a great champion of Simple and in Season!
29. Ooh strawberries next from Caroline Makes with her lovely Fraisier Strawberry and Cream Cake – (strawberries are fraise, in French) and the cake is made of two thin layers of Genoise sponge and then filled with creme patissiere with strawberries around the edge – perfect for a summer birthday party or celebration.
30. And then we were graced with another lovely summer cake, this time from Lottie’s World of Cakes and Bakes with a White Chocolate, Blueberry and Lemon Layer Cake. I adore the stenciling, Lottie.
31. Next, an exciting post from Chocolette at the Chocolate Log Blog who made Dandelion Honey – a mixture of dandelions, sugar and lemon juice which then turns into/tastes like honey! Thanks for sharing Choclette.
32. More summer sweetness, this time from Urvashi, The Botanical Baker who made Strawberries on Hazelnut Shortbread as a midweek treat or even for Wimbledon watching!
33. Meanwhile, Nazima at Franglais Kitchen made a tasty brunch of Asparagus and Potato Hash with Poached Eggs – delicious!
34. Michelle at Utterly Scrummy came back to us this time with an Asparagus Quiche to follow her glut of rhubarb – thanks Michelle.
35. Next, a recipe from Reneé at Ren’s Recipes who made a gluten-free and dairy free Chilled Apple and Rhubarb Crumble – thank you!
36. Vanesther at Banger’s and Mash also came back and made an Asparagus, Ham and Parmesan Tart - a really great family recipe.
37. Back to the rhubarb and this time Camilla from Fab Food 4 All made a simple yet impressive Rhubarb & Ginger Cake
38. Alida at My Little Italian Kitchen also came back to us again with some Strawberry Mini Tarts or Italian Pasticcini alle fragole – which I sampled plenty of in Italy!
39. Another yummy recipe from Kellie at Food to Glow – this time Spring Ricotta Gnocchi with Asparagus and a Lemon Thyme Butter and Caper Sauce - stunning.
40. Vanestha had a busy month and also baked this Rhubarb Cinnamon Cake sweetened with splenda.
41. A nice family-friendly entry from Coombe Mill with Chicken and Ham with Wild Garlic - with wild garlic from the farm – thank you!
42. Gluts and Gluttons joined us and made something very unusual – a Lovage Cordial which induced a snooze! An alcoholic cordial, what a good idea…! Thank you for joining in.
43. Quiches and tarts were definitely popular this month. Cakes, Photos, Life sent across a Chicken, Mushroom and Asparagus Quiche.
(Sorry, I can’t seem to share the photo)
44. Another great idea from Edible Things, this time a Rhubarb Vinaigrette to go with lots of things, including fish.
45. Spices Galore joined us, too and made Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes with fresh strawberry puree – thank you.
46. Katie at Feeding Boys and a Firefighter also squeezed in another post, this time with her Chard and Sunkiss Tomato Pesto – made in her Vitamix with rainbow chard from a new local veg box scheme. Very inventive, Katie!
47. Nicole Bremmer who writes a lovely blog made these Rhubarb Fairy Cakes with Edible Pansies – perfect for a summer picnic.
48. Ros, The More Than Occasional Baker, also made some cupcakes, this time Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes. Thank you Ros!
50. Sarah from Maison Cupcake sent across a really tasty and simple recipe for Rhubarb Quark Crumble – a new summer favourite!
51. And our final entry taking us over the 50 entries mark was Choclette’s Mini Chocolate and Rhubarb Pavlovas – how lovely!
Which leads me to announce that the winner for the month of may was….
Vanesther at Bangers and Mash for her Spiced Rhubarb and Lemon Sorbet (served with Cinnamon Biscuits) – because I don’t think it would ever have occurred to me to make a rhubarb sorbet and yet the recipe is simple with just rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice, water and a few spices. Well done Vanesther – a copy of the Yeo Valley Farmhouse Cookbook is on its way!
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in May to mark Simple and in Season’s second birthday!