Warm weather is making its way back into these isles again slowly and gently and with coy, flirtatious looks back the way it came. But make no mistake – summer is coming – and with it a whole host of opportunities for new fun and activities that the weather has previously prohibited. We’ve been trying to focus on the season in our latest posts, and today is no exception. Today we’re talking through some of our favourite summery foods and recipes. As with all of our candles, we were thrilled to be able to quality control all of the recipes mentioned here at the office, and whilst it’s not quite the weather for them just yet, we can guarantee that these are some delicious dishes even when you have to eat them inside. Without further ado.
Homemade Ice Cream
A classic for the summertime, we’ve decided to leave the flavourings up to you, so make whatever flavour you want to make! The trick – just like candle making – is making sure that you add whatever flavour you want to add at the right time to make sure it diffuses into the ice cream properly. Generally, spices and vanilla pods and other ‘hard’ ingredient should be simmered into the cream, whilst simple edible ingredients like lemon rind or chocolate should be frozen, crushed, and added to the mixture at the last moment just before it’s left to set. Whatever you do, don’t be too worried – it’s never going to taste awful and you can always try again!
- 400mL full-fat milk
- 300mL double cream
- 4 large egg yolks
- 140g caster sugar
Pour the milk and cream into a pan and heat until almost boiling. Leave to simmer with whatever spices you want in your ice cream mixture for about 15 minutes. Strain the liquid and discard the spices/pods/whatever. Then whisk the raw yolks with the sugar until thick and pale. Return the cream to a pan and bring it back up to almost-boiling temperature, then carefully add the egg and sugar mixture whilst stirring off of the heat. Thicken over a low heat for about 5 minutes, then mix in whatever additional ingredients you want to add and stir whilst the mixture cools down. Put the mixture in a freezer, leave overnight, and enjoy your creation the next morning!
Summery Lamb Kebabs
Perfect for a simple meal prepared over the barbeque or – if you really want to test yourself – over a bonfire – this simple meal is a perfect meaty accompaniment to summer, and the quality hinges on two simple things; the lamb itself (and so the word of your butcher) and the fresh parsley that goes over the top. Spend a little more and you’ll wow friends and family with this trusty Moroccan-inspired favourite. Serve with a side-salad of your choosing and if your guests are hungry then beef up the salad with pre-cooked rice and extra garlic and chilli.
- 500g good-quality lamb; ask your butcher
- Harissa-style spices; cumin, garlic, chilli, paprika, coriander seeds, whatever else you feel like.
- A small pinch of sugar; natural sugars like palm or cane are better if you have them
- A large bunch of fresh parsley
- A generous pinch of salt
Take the raw lamb and evenly cover with the sugar and salt. Use as little sugar as possible whilst ensuring an even covering – it’s not there for the flavour but instead should caramelise around the spices, locking in their flavour. Then add the crushed spices and coat generously. Skewer the lamb and leave over a fire, turning regularly, until the lamb is red-brown on the outside and juicy on the inside. Serve immediately on a bed of parsley, freshly chopped.
Lemon and Sugar Pancakes
Perfect for a sunny morning-after, these pancakes will shine in the sun and smell almost as good as they taste. Simple and delicious and packed full of honest flavour and scent, just like the stuff we sell here at LoveAroma.
For about 8 thin pancakes:
- 125g plain flour
- 250mL whole milk
- 2 medium eggs
- Unsalted butter
- Lemon and sugar
- Fresh mint, for serving
First, mix the eggs and flour slowly until you have a thick, difficult-to-stir mixture. Then gently add the milk a little at a time whist stirring until you get a light, fluffy batter. Make sure to mix at an angle to get air into the batter – there should be bubbles forming at the top when you add the batter to a pan. Heat a heavy pan very hot with a knob of butter until the butter is smoking, then add a ladle of pancake mixture. Flip whenever the moment’s right with as much showmanship as you think you can handle, then serve onto a plate, add a teaspoon of sugar and a squirt of lemon and roll the pancake up. Here’s where your presentation skills come to the fore – a sprig of mint on top makes all the difference.
This lovely, simple dish packs a punch and is a great dish to have waiting on your table for guests or for an easy middle-of-the-day summer snack. The ‘gunpowder’ is a fun twist to a dish that’s been enjoyed by people from all walks of life for years and years. In our experience pineapple works the best for this recipe, but feel free to try other fruits to see check for good results. Try it out and please let us know what you think! Happy eating at LoveAroma!
- 1 pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon of just-crushed good black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of good crushed chilli flakes
- 1 teaspoon of good sea salt
Marinate the pineapple chunks with the lime juice in the fridge until service, and serve with a dipping plate containing the pepper, chilli and salt. Taste for the gunpowder ‘bang!’ in your palate.
And so, there you have it – four great recipes for the summer that we hope you’ll try! Let us know what you think and of course feel free to have a browse for summery candles to go with your summery meal.