Summer is one of the easiest times of the year for cooking as there is simply so much to choose from with so many lovely fruits, vegetables, salads in season.
A summer is a variable beast; rain one day a heatwave the next, but food in summer is exciting, light and bright. Summer recipes make the best of seasonal produce and can be enjoyed outdoors when the weather allows.
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Soups, tarts, and salads are synonymous with summer dining. All are usually quick to put together and great for alfresco eating. So get packing that picnic.
Some soups are good hot, and if the temperatures go up, can be served cold as well. All of these soups work really well as starters, for a dinner or lunch. Plus, all of them also are good for outdoor eating, picnics, and barbecues. Pop them in a Thermos flask and away you go.
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Tarts make a wonderful summer food as not only are they good for a supper or lunch dish, they also will pack well for an impromptu picnic or party. Serve them on their own, or make a lovely salad to go alongside. All will work well when made as a large tart, or make several small ones if you want them for a party, picnic, or a lunchbox.
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Salads is the backbone of summer food and much more than the traditional lettuce, tomato, and cucumber of yesterday. Though salads are good year round, they come into their own as the weather warms up. Make the most of all the fabulous fruits, vegetables and salad leaves available in the summer. Most are furiously fast to make, some take a little longer to prepare but all are worth the effort.