Summertime is a great time of year for finding and using produce found in your own back garden. Now in mid-summer, there are a variety of wild and cultivated vegetables which are great for salads and other healthy recipes.
Recipe ideas made from fresh produce from your garden
With an abundance of nettles in the garden, these tasty little vitamin c stores make amazingly flavoursome pesto. Just take a healthy bunch of nettles, wear some gloves to pick them. Then wash thoroughly and mash up in a food processor, add some pine nuts and give it a whizz to thoroughly process. Add a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil, black pepper, salt and a sprig of parsley and process again for 30 seconds. Once you’re happy with the texture and flavour of the pesto, you can then decant it into your favourite pesto jars and have them sitting on your Worktop Express Floating Shelves looking good!
Southwestern Chopped Salad
Southwestern chopped salad with cilantro dressing. This vegan gluten free recipe is perfect for a summers day. You can add whatever salad ingredients you want, from avocados to tomatoes, peppers, boiled eggs and even boiled rice. The secret flavour is in the tasty cilantro lime dressing. For the dressing, you need a healthy bunch of cilantro, garlic, lime juice, olive oil and white wine vinegar with salt and pepper to taste. Process all of the ingredients in a food processor and decant into your favourite Kilner jar and stack on your beautiful worktop shelf. Use over your favourite salad and add some raisins nuts or olives for a Moroccan or Mediterranean flavour.
If you’ve got an abundance of raspberries to use up, there’s no better recipe to have in your store cupboard for a winter’s day than a raspberry cordial. Raspberries are filled with vitamin c antioxidants which are great for when your immune system is a bit low and you need a bit of a boost. Raspberries are known to strengthen the immune system and lower the risk of obesity. Add some brown sugar or honey to about 4.5 cups of fresh organic raspberries. Bring all the ingredients to the boil in a double boiler. A simple pot of boiling water with a pot above it is sufficient. Pour the ingredients through a sieve once they’ve cooled to remove seeds. Then add the cordial back to the pan once more and stir in some lemon juice. You can then add in some mint leaves, puree and then decant the cordial into a Kilner bottle and store for a rainy winter’s day to give you a hint of summer. Use on ice cream or drinks or add to ice cubes for the perfect pick me up.
What recipes do you use for making the most from the fresh produce in your garden?