Simple and In Season July Round Up
What fun I have had hosting Simple and in Season this month. Such a stunning range of entires which just goes to prove that eating in season does not have to limit your creativity in the kitchen. I have LOVED looking at all the entry posts. It is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine and I can quite often be found taking the ipad to bed to read blog posts rather than a book. A big thank you to Ren for allowing me to host and also to everyone who sent a blog post in. It’s been a blast!
To start us off I’m going to tell you about this Cinnamon Raspberry Cake from Cake of the Week blog. It is covered with swiss meringue buttercream which has fresh raspberries mixed in. The piping is very clever and flavour combination of raspberry and cinnamon sounds like a real winner too.
Lovely recipe from My Froley blog now who entered their Quinoa With Grilled Tuna & Tofu dish. I have seen quinoa quite a bit lately in recipes and it has made me intrigued to try it. I love the look of this dish, but the best bit for me is a picture at the bottom which shows My Froley’s daughter eating this with what looks like a big thumbs up. So cute, especially as my children are no where near as adventurous!
Next is another wonderful looking chocolate cake with raspberry cream. Having seen two cakes now which feature raspberries mixed into cream/frosting I feel I would be missing out if I did not make one. Lottie’s World of Cake’s and Bakes made this cake for a BBQ that she was going to, and I think that is the perfect occasion for this cake too.
A lovely entry from Laura Loves Cakes next, and this time she has created a white chocolate and cherry loaf cake. Laura talks about having too much batter and the cherries sinking to the bottom, but I think it looks amazing (sign of a fabulous baker) and I would never have noticed. It’s a lovely idea to use fresh cherries in a cake on only something that you can do this time of year.
You can always count on Karen from Lavender and Lovage to come up with something really special. This time she has created a double chocolate and summer berries truffle slice. It looks just how one might imagine it. Chocolately, moist and berrytastic.
Michelle from Utterly Scrummy and I each have 3 children and I love to pop onto her blog every now and again to get some inspiration for feeding my tribe without spending a fortune, which is what she does very well with her family. This month Michelle sent in a rhubarb and raspberry yoghurt cake which makes the perfect family dessert using produce from her garden.
Jen from Blue Kitchen Bake has made me smile too as her recipe for smoked salmon & watercress soufflés look pretty impressive, and I’m always on the look out for recipes to make as part of the Come Dine With Me dinner parties that my husband and I do with a bunch of friends. Jen’s soufflé looks incredible. It would be fab if I could recreate that.
Sweet potato and pear soup is a completely new flavour to me, but do you know what, I think this would totally work. I’ve made apple and pumpkin before and I suspect this would be similiar. So thanks Sharky Oven Gloves (love the name of that blog) for the inspiration.
Another inspiring combination of sweet and savoury, and the second amazing entry from The Taste Space is this lovely sounding strawberry, avocado and mint salad with a chocolate balsamic vinaigrette. Strawberries and chocolate in a salad, I would never have been brave enough to try it on my own, but now I have a recipe I’m totally there. This blog is one to follow for some ‘break all the rules’ ideas.
More stunning summery soup from Linzi who writes Lancashire Food blog. This green garden soup incorporating veges that you might be growing in your garden is a healthy and tasty way to use up your own produce. Make double if you can, freeze a portion and enjoy over winter for that rare taste of summer when you desperately crave it.
Back to cakes and what an impressive one too. Chocolate… tick, berries…tick, cream (with basil)…double tick! Working London Mummy combines new flavours and sophistication with absolute ease. These wee chocolate victoria sponge cakes with black fruits and basil cream, would not look out of place at a 5* hotel.
More conserve making inspiration here with a blackcurrant jelly to tickle your tastebuds. I’m thinking this would be gorgeous on crumpets, in cakes, at the bottom of a trifle, mixed into cheesecake…the list goes on. Thanks to Made by Jayne for sending this over.
How sweet is this next entry? A heart shaped Venetian Risi e Bisi (rice dish) to show your other half how much you love them? Such a lovely idea and I hope Alida’s partner from My Little Italian was grateful from her thoughtfulness (I’m sure they were).
The lovely Laura from How to Cook Good Food (who hosted last month’s Simple and in Season, see round up here) has entered an easy family tea of tomato gratin now that her 3 children are on their summer holiday. Same for me here so this recipe is one that I will be trying. Looks child friendly and would be perfect served with a chunk of fresh bread to wipe up the juice at the end.
Karen from Lavender and Lovage enters her second recipe here and it is the delightful sounding stuffed tomatoes with herbs & oats (Gluten Free). Karen tell us that this is good value and it’s a recipe that she has been using for years. Two great qualities if you ask me.
I’m really pleased to see some bread in this month’s round up, so thank you Helen from Fuss Free Flavours for making some. You can’t beat homemade bread and these tomato chutney rolls look perfect! Just the job for a nice summer lunch. Think I would have to butter mine up and add a slice of cheddar or blue cheese.
More tempatation now with a white chocolate, blackcurrant and apricot cake sent over by Cake, Crumbs and Cooking. A beautifully moist looking cake which I am sure wont have lasted long. It reminds me a bit of a panattone looks wise.
A second entry from Ren who as most of you know writes the beautiful Fabulicious Food blog. This time Ren inspires us again with a classic fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad. I think this picture says it all…YUM!
These British cherry cupcakes and British strawberry cupcakes appeal to the baker in me. Lovely innovative use of seasonal fruit and I think the photos in this post are stunning. Thanks to Kitchen Delights for sending it in.
Another recipe using those plentiful courgettes was sent in by Chris from Cooking Around The World. This rosemary and courgette quiche sounds like a really nice match of flavours, and I just love the picture of Chris in his cowboy hat on the blog post!!
And last but not least, more tomato and basil from Jen at Blue Kitchen Bake in the form of a tomato and basil tart. Super for the summer and stunning with all those colours. You can’t beat fresh basil to finish off a dish with style and flavour.