Summer Cookin’ Is Summer Lovin’

We’re well into the thick of it now, summer is pounding along. The UK is especially being gifted or cursed, depending on your viewpoint, with a hot flash. Trouble is, this hot flash or heatwave has been going on for more than 30 days. So it looks like it will be the similar pattern for the rest of the summer. Maybe it’s not even fun anymore as cries of ‘it’s too hot’ are ringing out around the country. Even the Met Office has warned people to try and stay indoors and away from direct sunlight. Fair enough, that’s sound advice, but it doesn’t mean summer enjoyment has to stop. Food glorious food, comes to the rescue. Summer is a brilliant time to make some wacky and fun recipes for children. If you’re short on creative ideas, you’ve come to the right place.

Chilled juices

With this heat, you’re probably wishing you had a juicer because who doesn’t love a glass of chilled fruit juice in temperatures above 30 degree Celsius!? If you have one, you’re in luck, because there’s a plethora of summer juice recipes that you can make for the kids. Try out this watermelon and mint mixture, with little black currants thrown in the mix. The flesh of the watermelon can be used as pulp. Throw in some ice cubes and a funky-coloured paper straw and the children will gladly be consuming one or more of their five-a-day. If they want a spike of natural sugar, then juicing strawberries, grapes and apples into one juice concoction, with some ice cubes is going to quench their energy thirst. Get experimental, make some new recipes yourself!


A hint of the Mediterranean

When we picture an image of summer, barbecues immediately spring to mind. The modern versions are so easy to use. Gas barbecues especially need not have skilled grillers manning the helm. They function just like a normal stove does. You can get tall and slim versions if you’re not looking to spend a lot or heavyset wider variants. Either way, it’s time to make some Mediterranean food! Maybe here in the UK it doesn’t come across but the Med is known for its culture of fast-fire-cooked food. Try out this lemon and yogurt flatbread recipe that uses the acidic flavour of the lemon, together with a little spice to create a classic Greek-style snack. For something a little simpler but perhaps even more scrumptious, try out some chopped and charred chorizo, sat on a bed of creamy salad.


Coffee milkshake

Making a milkshake is easy. For some reason people have got it in their heads that it’s complicated, so they don’t go near it. Here are two simple styles. Take a teaspoon of coffee granules. Melt them in some lukewarm water. Pour the coffee into a blender that’s been half-filled with milk. Take a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and slide it into the blender. Blend the ingredients up to where the mixture becomes slushy. You still want it to be of a thick consistency and not watery. Now, enjoy!

Is summer food the best kind? It’s a time where you get to make recipes that wouldn’t feel right at any other time of the year. Grilled meats, mixed with cold salads, cold juices and colder milkshakes, don’t just taste great but cool you off in the process too.


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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