Summer may be officially over, but we can always try to recreate the taste and feel of summer with a good recipe. With all the photos coming in from Milan Fashion Week (especially those from the colourful Dolce & Gabbana show) I’m personally craving the taste of Italy, and so I wanted to share a pasta dish that a friend of mine once cooked for me and that always brings back my memories of the Tuscan sun even when I’m in (rainy) London. Click here for the recipe!
The weather is getting better and better which means that the time for summer salads is upon us again. I recently tried this salad with peach and prosciutto and this will definitely go on my favourites list. I absolutely love summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and peaches because it’s so easy to make great dishes with them. They are perfect for smoothies or cakes and when you combine them with cheese, herbs or prosciutto (like in this recipe) they make for a delicious salad. You can eat this salad for lunch or even for dinner, but you might want to add some ciabatta for some extra filling. The ingredients you need for approximately two servings are the following:
- 120 gr. mixed leaf salad
- almonds, about a small handful
- 3 peaches
- 120 gr. goats’ cheese
- prosciutto, about 6 strips
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp mustard
- optional: ciabatta
These are the quantities I used, but you can adapt them to your personal preference.
- Cook the prosciutto for 2-3 minutes or just before it gets crispy. Let it cool down and cut it into small pieces.
- Peel the peaches and slice them.
- Chop the almonds, and cut the goats’ cheese.
- Then mix the almonds, peaches, prosciutto and goats’ cheese with the mixed leaf salad.
- Whisk the olive oil with the vinegar, honey, and mustard and drizzle over the salad.
I have been to Italy a lot of times, but this was the first time that I went all the way to the south, to Puglia. My first impression of Puglia was that it is very different from Tuscany, Umbria and other areas further north. In fact, it reminded me a bit of Greece, with its turquoise sea and white city, Ostuni. But Puglia is very Italian when it comes to the delicious food, coffee and friendly people. Some of the highlights of my summer in Puglia were definitely the sandy beaches at Torre Guaceto and Pilone, the trulli village Alberobello, Monopoli, Martina Franca, and the fantastic food shop Eataly in Bari.
The harbour of Monopoli
Strawberries are definitely among my favourite summer fruits. A bowl full of red shining ‘zomerkoninkjes’, little summer kings as the Dutch sometimes call them, can brighten up my day in an instant. That’s also why I love trying out recipes with strawberries. I recently came across this lentil salad trough http://www.healthyfans.com, and it was absolutely delish.
All you need for a one person portion is:
- two hands full of parsley
- 100 grams of feta
- 10 strawberries
- a hand full of rucola or corn salad
- a tin of lentils
- one small red onion
- a third of a cucumber
- some pepper and salt
One of my old time favourite strawberry recipes is Eton mess. It is originally served at the cricket game of Eton College and Harrow and is very easily made. The only thing you have to do is mix strawberries, meringues and cream and you’re ready to enjoy a lovely dessert!
Of course, strawberries cannot only be eaten but are also fantastic in drinks. This little red fruit can spice up any smoothie, juice or cocktail. The Dutch liquor house Bols has several delicious cocktail recipes with strawberries, such as this strawberry ‘n balsamic martini:
I can’t wait to make these and more recipes. It’s definitely going to be a strawberry filled summer!