I absolutely love fresh lemonade – and if you’ve never made it yourself before then why not? It’s an absolute doddle. But limeade somehow, tastes even better – maybe because it feels just a little bit more grown up, especially with plenty of fresh mint. If you’re planning a late summer BBQ or picnic then you can’t go wrong with a ready made iced pitcher of the stuff – and you’ll be pleased to know it takes less than twenty minutes to make up.
When it comes to summer cakes, you just can’t beat the basic (but beautiful) Victoria Sandwich. To paraphrase the famous glutton MrJoey Tribbiani, what’s not to like? Cream, good! Jam, gooooood! And in cake form? Even better. It’s a classic; the kind of cake that’ll please everyone if you turn up with it at a picnic or at your Mum’s front door on a sunny Sunday afternoon. I mean you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t like a plain sponge cake, sweet cream and strawberry jam. Better yet, it’s very easy to make – even if you’re a bit of a baking noob.
This (kind of Wimbledon-inspired!) Strawberry and Gruyere Summer Salad is really easy to make and really hits the spot served up for an al fresco lunch or alongside a barbecue. Fresh, sweet and creamy – with a sour, zingy edge thanks to the added raspberry vinaigrette – the strawberries really steal the show on this one, provided you pick the best of the season…
This ice cream recipe? It’s EASY. Too easy, in fact. All you’ll need is some double cream and condensed milk, and with some restrained whipping you’ll have yourself a simple ice cream base that freezes like a dream (no need to break your wrist when it comes to scooping!) and can be flavoured any way you like it. Since the weather’s been a bit… autumnal, I added some marshmallow fluff and toasted marshmallows to mine to make this Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream. 🙂
These Strawberry Frosés are kind of like an adult Slush Puppy (remember those?) – minus the blue tongue – and would be perfect served up at a barbecue or summery wedding. The base recipe is also super-adaptable; if you’re not a fan of strawberries then swap them out for raspberries or peaches – yum! And, the best thing? They’re really easy to make – especially if you prep the night before. All you need is a strong-bladed blender and you’re good to go. 🙂