As soon as the weather warms up, and for this year it's so far so good, my cooking becomes simpler, lighter and fresher with plenty of salads. So on my #CookBlogShare round up this week , I am sharing recipes from the bloggers who linked up last week with #CookBlogShare sensational summer recipes that I think fit my way of thinking perfectly.
Busy Busy Busy
The last few weeks since I hosted #CookBlogShare have been pretty manic. If you have been following Recipes Made Easy at all recently then you will know that my small allotment plot where I grow mostly soft fruits has been demanding a lot of my time. I have been super busy in the kitchen making dishes from all those lovely berries such as Blackcurrant Jam, Raspberry and Redcurrant Jam, Raspberry and Hazelnut Crumble Cake, Gooseberry Pudding, and Blackcurrant Cordial and if the recipe isn't on the blog yet it soon will be.
My son moving back home after 4 years at university added to the work load. I had to give back his bedroom which I had rather selfishly commandeered as a larger more spacious office than my box room office which I share with Mr B, and which is really not much bigger than a cupboard. The hardest part was relocating my extensive cookbook collection for a second time, which now finds itself in our bedroom and at the furthest point away from the kitchen. I live in a tall and narrow house so I guess I will keep fit having to keep running up and down all those stairs when I want to get my hands on a certain book.
Then in addition to that I have had to attend rehearsals for Popchoir, which I joined last October as we prepared for a big gig last week. It was just the most fun, although I can not begin to tell you how tired I felt the following day. I have not been on a stage since secondary school and joining the choir was a move way out of my comfort zone but I am so glad I did.
I am sure I am not the only busy one and we are all looking for quick and easy dishes to make. While there were some fabulous sweet dishes linked up to #CookBlogShare last week such as The Baking Explorers Peaches and Cream Tart with Fresh Mint which really caught my eye, I thought this week I would pick some savoury dishes for the round up as Recipes Made Easy is a bit sweet recipe heavy at the moment.
#CookBlogShare Sensational Summer Recipes
All the dishes I have chosen for this round up are fresh tasting and simple to make summer dishes which are ideal for anyone time stretched who doesn't want to spend too much time in the kitchen.
Sirloin with lemon grass infused marinade
Lost in Food linked up this Delicious looking Sirloin with lemon grass infused marinade I took one look and it's straight on the list to make. "The steaks are marinated in lemongrass, garlic, ginger and chilli, for a real Asian influence, but with a very light touch". Sounds perfect to me, I'm kicking myself for not buying some steaks from my local butchers in Suffolk last weekend but I will be making this soon. I'm thinking it would make a fabulous summer starter.
Easy Salmon Salad
Kirsty from Hijacked by Twins linked up this Easy salmon salad made with ready prepared cooked salmon (although it would take not much longer to cook your own if you preferred). She has teamed it up with spinach, cucumber, avocado and feta, tossed in a dill and honey flavoured dressing. Now that's what I call a perfect summer dish. Kirsty suggests serving with some non-alcoholic beer but as I'm not a beer fan (although I do use it to cook with) so I would opt for a nice cool glass of Australian Riesling.
Cauliflower Bulgar Wheat, Honey and Chicken
This recipe for cauliflower bulgar wheat with chicken and peaches from Everyday Healthy Recipes " The combination of bulgur, some basic spices and cauliflower (which after 30 minutes in the oven still retains some crunch) all coated in a semi-creamy zesty lemon sauce makes this bulgur wheat mixture an ideal base for the spicy, crispy honey chicken". Monika suggests this as a great midweek meal and it is easy enough to be so, but it looks too good to keep just to yourself and I think it would make a great dinner party dish too.
Meals and Makes, Green Hummus a dip made with fresh or frozen broad beans and creme fraiche would be a perfect summer snack or would be great to serve along side a barbecue or picnic.