I guess its part of being a Brit that makes me like many others slightly obsessed with the weather, but it would appear that we are finally seeing some warm sunny days here in the UK and I am loving it. It is amazing how a little sunshine lifts our spirits especially after what has been a long wet winter. It also makes me excited for all the lovely lighter fresh summery dishes to come. I'm clearly not the only one judging by the recipes linked up to #CookBlogShare last week. As a result, I have chosen recipes suitable for a picnic or alfresco eating for this weeks round-up.
Homemade Quiche Lorraine With Tortilla Crust
This Quiche Lorraine from Louise at A Strong Cup of Coffee is made using tortillas for the crust which saves time and effort as you don't need to make a pastry crust. I'm rather liking that idea.
Who can resist a good Potato Salad like this one from Jenny at Apply To Face Blog, It is an ideal dish to take on a picnic.
Orange Feta and Olive Salad
This Salad from Anna at Once Upon a Food Blog looks so colourful it would brighten up any picnic even if the weather was on the dull side.
Rhubarb and Ginger Cooler with Mint and Lemon
Then you could wash it down with this delicious sounding Rhubarb and Ginger Cooler from Jo at Jo's Kitchen Larder. It is certainly on my list to make as the rhubarb on my allotment is going a little wild at the moment so I have lots to use and I don't want to waste it.
If you will excuse blatant self promotion you might also like to try my own Seared Salmon with Watercress Sauce which is as delicious served cold as it is hot, making it an ideal alfresco or picnic dish. As always there were lots of other lovely dishes linked up including more rhubarb recipes and you can check them out here.
On the subject of the Great British Weather, the last time I hosted #CookBlogShare the weather was fine and I told you how I was staying in Suffolk renovating the front garden of one of my holiday cottages. A few people commented they would like to see updates on the works. So here's a couple of pictures of how it was looking by the end of that week. Hopefully, in a month or so with some more warm weather and a few wet days (but not too many please) the plants that I transplanted will have survived and there we will have a bit more colour in the borders from some new planting. Watch this space for a further update.