The summer sunshine is finally upon us, bringing with it pleasant balmy temperatures that are perfect for mellowing the sweeter summer treats. August is the delectable season of all things succulent and fruity, as well as green vegetable favourites.
August sees the ripening of luscious raspberries, apricots, apples, blackberries, nectarines, and peaches. These fruits are a great source of natural antioxidants, and keep your immune system and body healthy. The beauty of these fruits is that they can be whipped up into ice cream and lollies, cakes, cheesecakes, tarts, and more! Why not try making vanilla and blackberry ice cream, and pair it with some yummy granola?
Fresh August fruit also makes for delicious smoothies when you’re in need of a cool down, and the combinations are endless: from avocado and strawberry, to blackberry and beetroot. These are the ultimate refreshers after a lazy day lounging in the sun!
Vegetables such as broccoli, beetroot, aubergines, courgettes, cucumber, peas, rocket and spinach are in their prime during August. Cucumber can be made into an array of soups and dips (and is a good source of vitamin C), aubergines can be roasted and stuffed with feta cheese (and are a good antioxidant), and peppery rocket is the perfect side accompaniment for any light meal.
Surprisingly, the summer season is perfect for roast lamb. Step out of the kitchen and instead grill the lamb on the BBQ! Grilled lamb tastes delicious when paired with a goat’s cheese salad, as does roasted lamb with aubergines. Sticky ribs are also a firm summer favourite, and can be cooked in both the oven or on the BBQ.
The warm weather also sees seafood such as salmon, crab and cod at the their best due to the warmer waters. Add a touch of spicy zest to your tastebuds with a crab linguine seasoned with chilli and parsley. If you are after something sweeter, don’t be afraid to grill mackerel on your BBQ and infuse it with fresh orange and basil.
Sweet and savoury
August produce is extremely versatile, and can be fashioned into an array of light starters, main courses and desserts. The summer fruits and vegetables can of course be amalgamated to cultivate a unique palette of flavours, from peach and ham salad to cucumber, watermelon & feta salad.
To get the most out of the summer, try and shop locally for your summer groceries (try local markets, greengrocers etc), as not only are they more fresh, delicious and healthier for you, but they’re also healthier for your local economy.
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