With summer comes fresh produce. From the allotment, strawberries, broad beans, spinach. From the no dig garden beds rocket, mizuna, pak choi, lettuce in 6 different varieties, basil, thyme, parsley, mint. Inspiration for summer meals. The living is easy.
We ate the salad yesterday and today, we made a rice and spinach dish, the spinach steamed for a couple of minutes and then stirred through cooked rice, with toasted pinenuts, lots of salt and pepper and a grating of nutmeg. Chopped chorizo was added by the carnivore, the vegetarian was satisfied. That was a Nigel Slater recipe for June in the Kitchen Diaries cookbook. To follow was another from the same source, a strawberry and Mascarpone cheesecake, using soft cream cheese instead because it was late on a Sunday and locally there was no Mascarpone- but there was Philadelphia. On a biscuit crumb base. We’re talking Hobnobs here. Delicious. And all washed down with pear cider.