We tend to have lighter appetites in warmer weather, so you can switch hearty dinners for tasty sharing plates and adventurous salads.
If you’re not confident about cooking live shellfish, get frozen raw king prawns, langoustine and scallops which can all be pan fried with a little oil in just a few minutes when you want them. (With langoustine, add fresh herbs, garlic, chili and a little salt, to taste.) Make a feast of it with tasty accompaniments. Make sure seafood is thoroughly defrosted before cooking.
Salmon with grilled courgette
This salmon recipe is wonderfully tasty served with a crisp green salad and is colourful too!
Vegetable quiche with asparagus
Vegetarian recipes are great for the summer and provide a lighter alternative to meat-based dishes. Big thick slices of quiche make a wonderful centerpiece alongside side bowls of salad, coleslaw and pickles.
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