It's summer here in Australia and while the land is baking it is often too hot to bake, so fresh summer fruits and salads served simply with minimal preparation and cooking is the way to go.
Where I live in the south west of Western Australia we have an abundance of fresh summer fruits this time of year - apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines - as well as grapes, cherries, strawberries, mangoes, pomegranates - the list goes on. It is absolutely my favourite time of year for fresh fruit, just waiting to be quickly prepared and served fresh and juicy.
How about fresh fruit with musli for breakfast on the patio? I don't know why I don't have this more often. So delicious. Just chop, layer, serve and enjoy!
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How about a fresh tossed salad for lunch? Pomegranate adds a yummy zing.
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Or a simple summer vegetable stir fry. This one has cashews and honey in it.
I used carrots, cauliflower, asparagus spears, garlic, snow peas, zucchini and capsicum. Whatever you have or like really. Slice, chop and stir fry for about 3-5 minutes, then add (depending on your quantity of vegetables) 2 tablespoons orange juice, 2 tablespoons light soy sauce, 2 teaspoons honey. Stir fry for another couple of minutes and throw in some toasted cashew nuts. Delicious!
You can add pasta to make a more hearty meal.
I struggled with the light on my patio in the first pic. The second one was taken inside, with window light - perhaps there is a message there.
Or try a cold Mediterranean pasta salad, or turkish bread, or just salad rolled into a wrap.
Or perhaps you might go out to lunch with friends..... These are corn and zucchini fritters with a Mediterranean salad and salsa that I had in a cafe last week. My banana smoothy came in a jar!
Doesn't this glass dish of cherries look luxurious? You could marinate them and enjoy with a dollop of cream or panna-cotta.
Or in the afternoon you might just want to sit on the patio with a book and a cooling iced drink and a sliced peach.
Languid summer days - too hot to cook - but perfect for relaxing and smelling the flowers.
Do you have some favourite easy to prepare summer recipes?
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