One of the loveliest things about summer is eating outside. Here are 4 Perfect Recipes for Al Fresco Dining plus the linky for Week 31 of #CookBlogShare!
Hoorah – the summer holidays have arrived! And whilst I have to admit it is a bit of a juggle trying to work at home round the kids, it is lovely to be able to spend some real quality time with them and do all the things we normally don’t have time for.
Last time I hosted #CookBlogShare, I told you of my plan to make my summer less stressful this year – the idea was firstly to blog less over the summer holidays (I was aiming for just 1 blog post per week – pahahaha) and secondly to upload and schedule all my summer posts during the last two weeks of July, so all I had to do over the summer was a bit of social media and linky action.
Well, I sort of did it guys!! I totally failed at the first part as most weeks have 2 or 3 posts planned, buuut I am feeling super smug that I have all my posts scheduled for the WHOLE OF SUMMER – whoop whoop!! (well, apart from #CookBlogShare, which I obviously can’t do in advance!) I can’t tell you how good that feels…
It did admittedly make the last few weeks of term super stressful, but it is so nice to have a much lighter workload over the summer and to be able to spend some quality time with my children. The rest I can juggle round them (hoorah for TV!). But most importantly it means I can have some proper time to rest and recharge…I have been working so hard recently that I really, really need it!
4 Perfect Recipes for Al Fresco Dining
Not only is summer a time to rest and recharge (in theory at least!!!), but it is also a time when we can eat outside a little more – I love eating outside in the fresh air, whether it’s a picnic, a BBQ or just deciding to transport our normal dinner out to enjoy it sitting at our little picnic table in the garden…it really feels like summer has arrived when you are eating al fresco.
And it seems the other #CookBlogShare bloggers are definitely on the same wavelength as me this week…there were so many lovely recipes, that would be just perfect for al fresco eating, so I’ve picked out a few of my faves to showcase for you this week. 🙂
If you are not a #CookBlogShare regular and are wondering what an earth I am going on about, #CookBlogShare is a place for bloggers to share their recipes. If you are a blogger and have a recipe to share, you can link up your post by following the instructions below. If you are not a blogger, but love food and cooking, do check out the recipes that will be appearing below. If this week is as good as they usually are you will find some awesome recipes – the #CookBlogShare bloggers are very good at what they do!
First up are these gorgeous Halloumi & Sweet Summer Veg BBQ Kebabs from Kate over at The Gluten Free Alchemist. This is exactly the kind of food I love to cook on the BBQ. Sure I love burgers, sausages and meaty kebabs too, but I like it when a BBQ is a balanced affair, with some lovely vegetable dishes too – and these colourful kebabs of sweet peppers, soft and squirty cherry tomatoes and crunchy red onions, perfectly offset by the saltiness of the ‘squeaky’, slightly chewy Halloumi cheese (Kate’s wonderfully evocative description) are exactly the kind of thing I crave at BBQs to offset the meat overload – they are also a great option for those following a gluten free, egg free, soy free or vegetarian diet.
Next, and still on the barbecue theme, we have these awesome Persian Ground Lamb Kababs from Balvinder at Simple Gluten Free Kitchen. As you know I am mad about lamb and also Persian flavours, so this kind of meal is just so up my street. And these kebabs are so wonderfully simple to make – simply combine lamb mince, grated onion, garlic, sumac and saffron, shape it round the skewers and then barbecue for about 5 minutes – my kind of easy peasy meal. Balvinder also gives lots of helpful hints and tips about how to ensure your kebabs come out perfect every time (and don’t fall off the skewers into the BBQ!!!) – these are really worth reading, for anyone planning on making this kind of kebab – I learnt loads!
Next up. we have this delicious sounding Chicken and Asparagus Caesar Salad from Jacqui, over at Recipes Made Easy. I love Caesar salad, but Jacqui really takes this classic salad to the next level by adding strips of chargrilled chicken and barbecued asparagus, together with her rustic style homemade croutons. She tops it all off with her own homemade Classic Caesar Salad Dressing – a brilliant recipe, with super helpful step by step instructions and photos. And, if the weather is a bit iffy, this salad can also be done inside, in a griddle pan.
Finally, I just had to share this gorgeous Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté from Jo at Jo’s Kitchen Larder…This recipe combines smoked mackerel and horseradish, a combination which Jo is a big fan of (not tried it, but I love the idea) and turns it into a delicious, but super simple pate by adding mayonnaise, lemon juice and spring onions – so simple, but it looks really impressive and I can only imagine it must taste fantastic. This would be perfect for a lovely al fresco starter, with some crudités or pitta breads to dunk in it and equally lovely taken on a picnic, as Jo suggests, with some of her lovely Asparagus and Parma Ham Twists with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Turkey Rolls – now that sounds like a pretty incredible picnic don’t you think?
#CookBlogShare Linky Week 31
And so we come to this week’s linky. You can link up any foodie post that you have – both old and new posts are welcome. All you need to do is:
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions.
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!) and / or add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (you can find the code below).
- Comment on some of the other recipes linked up here and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
If you wish, you can tweet a link to your recipe to me @easypeasyfoodie and also (if you have room on the tweet!) my co-hosts Kirsty @k_phillipson, Jacqui @jacdotbee and Monika @MonikasRecipes, using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will retweet them. You can also post your recipe on the Cook Blog Share Facebook Page.
I will comment on all the posts this week and pin them all to the Cook Blog Share Pinterest Board. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been making!
Just to remind you, by joining in you are giving the #CookBlogShare hosts permission to use your pictures in a round up and on social media, if your recipe is selected as one of our favourites!
Next week #CookBlogShare will be hosted by Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy 🙂