Hello there! Ready for more?! This is second half of July’s Simple and in Season round-up as there were simply too many to get through in one stint. Obviously, I didn’t do what everyone told me to do, which was add the entries to a draft post each time they were linked-up. There’s always a next time!
A huge congrtulations to Karen from Lavendar and Lovage who wins with her Vanilla and Cream Terrine with a Compote of Mixed Summer Berries – see this and more posts below.
At the half way mark, A Trifle Rushed joined us with her seasonal treat. Quite apart from the food, I love the name of this blog and this month I enjoyed seeing the process of Apricot and Lavender Jam being made from a 5kg box of apricots from Brittany. I love the fact that the first thing A Trifle Rushed thought about when reaching France was what to cook and this box of apricots made a huge amount of jam – perfect with a fresh baguette!
Next, an entry from Cooking in Westchester, a blog based in a county of New York called Westchester. A lovely post entitled “The Blue Banner of Summer” shared an even lovelier recipe for Blueberry Buckle – a cake made with fresh seasonal blueberries and a streusel/crumble topping. Looks delicious!
The lovely Helen from Fuss Free Flavours shared a really tasty recipe for Rice and Peas called Risi & Bisi. Helen was babysitting a gerbil and came across a book on the shelf called ‘A Feast for the Eyes’ in which she found the recipe for a risotto-like dish flavoured with Parma ham and fresh seasonal peas. Thanks Helen for entering – this looks like the perfect seasonal supper.
More seasonal blueberries….Dancing Veggies shared a recipe for a Rustic Blueberry Apple Pie. The apples were picked from an orchard and blueberries from the farmer’s market for this pie, though Dancing Veggies says that almost any seasonal fruit could be used, such as peaches.
Another two entries from The Taste Space followed (see part one for six more seasonal recipes from The Taste Space team). This time we have 15-Minute Zippy Garlic-Basil Marinara with Zucchini Noodles. Zucchini or Courgettes as they are know in England are definitely in season here too and this is a great twist on a classic spaghetti dish. I really like the fresh and healthy look of this dish.
This was followed by an Asparagus Ribbon Salad with Mosto Cotto and Almonds. Mosto Cotto is an aged condensed Balsamic vinegar which makes a simple dressing for any salad. Here The Taste Space used local asparagus.
Next, a great post from Kate’s Cakes and Bakes called “Cake Disaster Management: Strawberry Tiramisu Cake” which Kate says involved “13% inspiration, 32% perspiration, 10% cursing inanimate objects and 45% disaster management” after her two sponge cakes collapsed in the oven. I love recipes that happen because of a failed incident of some kind or other and this one is a perfect example of how to rescue an otherwise failed baking attempt! Great work Kate. I also love the fact that one of the comments on the post is from someone called ‘The Caked Crusader’ – what a great name. The finished product looks delicious to me; I love Mascarpone cheese and this is another great twist on an Italian classic. Disaster averted!
Now, Karen from Lavender and Lovage is a huge inspiration to me. Karen shared a recipe for a Vanilla and Cream Terrine with a Compote of Mixed Summer Berries, inspired by Delia Smith’s Summer Cookbook with the berry compote as her own addition. This entry, for me, is summer on a plate – making Karen this month’s winner!
I love the little sprigs of lavender creeping into the photo and the vibrant green mint contrasting the wonderful mix of berries. Underneath I can just imagine scooping up the creamy vanilla terrine….just perfect!
But wait…there are more seasonal treats in store from Karen at Lavender and Lovage in her garden in South West France. This time, a recipe for Berry Beautiful English Summer Fruit Pies, which was a recipe that Karen herself, as a Food Writer, had once submitted to Country Kitchen magazine. Thank you Karen for sharing!
More garden berries over at Lavender and Lovage inspired this lovely Mixed Currant and Lavender Jelly, a wonderful recipe to go with cheese, charcuterie or cold cuts on a summer afternoon. Amazing that all these recipes should come from one crop of fruit bushes in the garden!
Karen from Lavender and Lovage also held a Summer Tea Party and invited us all to share her Devon Cream Tea with Strawberry Jam. Karen’s a post includes two recipes – a family jam recipe and a scone recipe – both combining to make a quintessential British summer treat. I think if Karen hadn’t won with her Vanilla Cream Terrine recipe, she would have won with this one – it was a close call!
Onto more summer strawberries, Paula from Sweet Hearts Cakes and Bakes joined us for the first time with her recipe for Strawberry Cream Cupcakes adding fresh seasonal strawberries into the cupcake batter and topping them with a swirl of fresh cream and a slice of strawberry. Strawberries are my favourite summer fruit too, so I will definitely be giving these a try! Welcome Paula.
Another new entrant, this time Equal Opportunity Kitchen a mother and daughter team from Otawa made No Sugar Raspberry Jam. This recipe was inspired by a pick-your-own berry trip and the ‘no sugar’ element requires ‘No Sugar Needed Pectin’ and Agave Nectar or honey to sweeten. This is a really clever jam recipe with easy step-by-step instructions.
Next, another recipe from me! I made homemade Granola or Honey Nut Toasted Oats with a Ribena Berry Sauce made from ‘in season’ blackcurrants. It was delicious, even if I do say so myself!
Karen from Lavender and Lovage came back to us, this time with a savoury dish called Summer Herb and Wild Salmon with Fresh Garden Peas inspiring a picnic at the bottom of the garden. Look at the beautiful decoration on this pie!
The Taste Space team also came back with one more, this time a Millet Bowl with Spinach, Leek and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. Definitely one I will be trying – looks so healthy!
And last, but by no means least, Laura from How to Cook Good Food shared her Cherry, Almond and Polenta Crumble Cake, which looks amazing. I too am always torn between cherries and plums and I really love cakes with crumble toppings so I’m off to make this now!
THANK YOU so much to everyone who entered Simple and in Season July! I’m looking forward to next month’s seasonal treats already!