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)
Panzanella (click here for recipe)
Chicken Caesar Salad (click here for recipe)
Chicken Salad with Red Grapefruit, Pomegranate & Cashews (click here for recipe)
Fattoush (click here for recipe)
Warm Halloumi, Chicory & Peach Salad (click here for recipe)
Pan-fried Sea Bream with Griddled Radicchio, Courgette & Tomato (click here for recipe)
Prawn Salad with Avocado & Chilli Mango Salsa (click here for recipe)
I hope these ‘revisits’ to some of my past recipes give you inspiration for preparing simple but fantastic summer meals.