Breakfast & Brunch
Guiltless Breakfast Cake
Fat free, sugar free, gluten free (depending on the ingredients you use obviously...). Quick, healthy, easy and fully customisable cake for breakfast perfect with an iced coffee. You're not going to believe me...
30-second Sunshine Smoothies
Bursting with fresh zingy citrus, these are light, nutritious and scrumptious. Substitute your favourite fruits or whatever you have on hand.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothies
When I saw that you can make a smoothie out of pumpkin puree (canned or homemade) I had to get out my smoothie maker and have a try. I made a couple of amendments to it; adding Oats to it to make it into more of a breakfast item, adding more Cinnamon and Nutmeg and substitute ice cubes, as I didn't have any, for frozen Mango Chunks.
There is something luscious about the crisp exterior, the soft internal structure then the tidbits of creamed Sweetcorn that make my mouthwater.
Lunch & Dinner
Especially on lazy weekends, lunch and dinner become hazily interchangeable. Often taken in the sunshine, we decamp to the backyard or our favorite parks armed with a picnic blanket, glass of something crisp wet and cool, and a selection of our favourite cold and hot treats. Our meals usually feature a touch of everything in the fridge, improvised Ploughman's Platters; cheese, pickles, beetroot, salad leaves, dips, cold meat, boiled eggs, vegetable crudite, a couple of slices of quiche and pie, and the odd scotch egg.
This is a quick recipe, great for slimmers, summer picnics, gluten-free bods and, well, me. We love to slice it up and to take it to work for lunch and picnics - much to the envy of my colleagues eating their dry shop-made ham sandwiches.
Bacon and Egg Pie
One of my childhood loves is Bacon and Egg pie. Oh it is so good. All the stuff that is bad for you: puff pastry, bacon, eggs and tomatoes. Traditionally, I'm told, this is made for farmers to be eaten cold at the back of the farm - it's full of energy giving fats and a slice of a well-cooked pie can be easily held in one hand (much like the crust on Cornish Pasties).
Creamy Pumpkin, Chestnut & Bason Pasta
Perfect for an hot or cold, this dish is quick and light, but refreshing and filling - and not too bad on the calorie front.
When we're really organised we crank out the BBQ and armed with a few beers we get all prehistoric with good meat covered in all sorts of glazes, jacket potatoes buried in the coals, coleslaw and a couple of our favourite sides. Speaking of which, the next time you roll out the BBQ - chuck on a couple of halved and seeded capsicums (peppers) - the smoke and heat brings out a wonderful sweetness, and as you sit down to eat your BBQ feast, pop on a couple of honey glazed, halved peaches to cook. They are heavenly served with a scoop of two of ice cream...
Stuffed Butternut Squash
The soft sweetness of the pumpkin goes really well with the salty bacon, tomatoes and plum sauce, followed by the crisp cheese & breadcrumbs. Most of the ingredients can be swapped out for what you have on hand or tastes you prefer.
Mediterranean Vegetable Bake
Draped in slices of melted halloumi, seasoned with your favourite herbs, and packed full of as many vegetables as you can slip in, it's full of everything that's good.
|Undressed Vege bake, with a corner serving or two of Chicken Breast|
Desserts & Afters
Afghans, Jaffa Slice, Ginger Crunch Slice, Melting Moments and Lolly Cake
My New Zealand childhood summarised in 11 words and a few couple of baking trays...
Absolutely Guilt Free Ice-Cream
It is simplicity within itself. As with most of my recipes and cooking, it's fully customisable - I'd add bashed fruit (strawberry, kiwifruit, banana, orange, lemon, cherries...) to add a few vitamins, flavourings (I personally love peppermint essence, vanilla, coffee melted in a touch of hot water...) or anything you have in your cupboards (coconut, nuts - though watch your teeth, raisins, smooth peanut butter...) The results are only as limited as your imagination.
Homemade cocktails can be really easy, and really fun to make - Mojitos don't even need a cocktail Shaker. Another bonus is you can personalise them to how you like drinking them; more Lime, less Mint, a touch more Sugar. Summer in a glass...
What are your favourite Summer recipes?