Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

Even a dedicated foodie who loves cooking finds the prospect of standing in a hot kitchen cooking a meal too much to contemplate when the temperature is touching 30C in London. The question of supper can only be – What’s the most simple, but delicious, thing I can prepare for supper? Of course some people don’t understand this. Why cook at all? Why eat? Just throw some salad-y things together (awful memories of those awful British salads of old with just limp lettuce, chopped cucumber and tasteless tomatoes with perhaps some processed ham dumped on top!). No … a foodie always has to eat something nice. A foodie always has to feel just a frisson of excitement about what’s on the plate in front of them. And that can be from very easy to requiring just a little bit of effort (after all, there are only so many nights you want to eat ultra-simple).

Tonight was ultra-simple. I was eating early before going to my book group. I always eat something simple on these nights – often an omelette. This evening it was Insalata Tricolore (photo at top) but made with a perfectly ripe avocado, good quality vine tomatoes full of taste, a buffalo mozzarella, and basil leaves picked from the plant on my kitchen windowsill. Season with sea salt, a little freshly ground black pepper, and drizzle over a healthy amount of extra virgin olive oil. Serve if possible with a fresh Pugliese loaf from Your Bakery Whitton. Perfection!

Here’s a selection of recipes from the blog over recent years which are perfect suppers for these hot summer nights!

Insalata Caprese (click here for recipe)

Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

 

Panzanella (click here for recipe)

Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

 

Chicken Caesar Salad (click here for recipe)

Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

 

Chicken Salad with Red Grapefruit, Pomegranate & Cashews (click here for recipe)

Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

 

Fattoush (click here for recipe)

Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

 

Warm Halloumi, Chicory & Peach Salad (click here for recipe)

Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

 

Pan-fried Sea Bream with Griddled Radicchio, Courgette & Tomato (click here for recipe)

Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

 

Prawn Salad with Avocado & Chilli Mango Salsa (click here for recipe)

Luis Benshimol read: Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

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I hope these ‘revisits’ to some of my past recipes give you inspiration for preparing simple but fantastic summer meals.

Happy summer!

 

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