We’re looking forward to those long summer months where the days are long and stretch out into warm, easy evenings. But when the weather heats up a notch and we want to spend more time lazing in the sun, cooking big, hearty dinners in the kitchen is no longer quite so appealing.
So, we’re switching the menu up. We’ve picked some simple recipes, full of freshness and flavour, to savour on your summer evenings. From fruity seafood skewers that’ll remind you of cocktails on the beach, to a delicious roast chicken that’ll fill your home with the smell of summer, here are the dinners we’ll definitely be making this season.
Prawn and pineapple skewers
Whether you pop them on the grill or your garden barbecue, these juicy prawn and pineapple kebabs will be ready in under 20 minutes. Dining with someone who just won’t hear of putting fruit in food? Martha Stewart’s recipe also works great with chunks of avocado. Either way, we recommend serving with coconut rice and a crunchy slaw.
Roasted vegetable, quinoa and halloumi salad
This colourful grain salad is as delicious and filling as it is lovely to look at. Roast chunks of beetroot, squash, garlic and red onion, toss with quinoa or any other grain that takes your fancy, and top with griddled halloumi and a honey and lemon dressing. It’s a rainbow of summery, nutritious ingredients.
Slow roasted garlic and lemon chicken
Part of the joy of cooking is when you find a recipe that makes your whole house smell amazing. For a gorgeous, easy meal that welcomes in the scents of thyme and lemon, tuck into Nigella’s sumptuous roast chicken. The method is simple: fill a roasting tin with chicken pieces, chunks of lemon, garlic cloves and thyme, mix together with oil and seasoning and let your oven take care of the rest. And for a true taste of summer, Nigella even suggests eating the caramelised chunks of lemon, too.
Pasta Puttanesca reminds us of long and lazy summer afternoons in Italy. We adore how the heat of the chilli complements the saltiness of the capers, olives and anchovies. Delia’s recipe is one of our favourites, not least because she delights in calling it “Tart’s spaghetti,” as per its literal translation. If you’re vegetarian, simply swap the anchovies for another heap of capers and veggie Parmesan.
Summer vegetable coconut curry
We know that, for some, curry doesn’t exactly cry summer. But lemongrass and coconut thai curries are light, fresh and taste delicious with any of your favourite seasonal vegetables. To make this recipe from Bon Appétit, simply leave out the meat and swap chicken stock for vegetable. Then, serve with lime wedges and steamed rice (or have a go at making your own roti for dipping and scooping).