Before winter takes hold, it’s nice to celebrate the last of the summer sun – and what better way than enjoying some beautifully light summer dishes in the warm evening sunshine? Inspired by our destinations across the world, we’ve put together our ideal summer menu…
Magnificent Mediterranean bruschetta
They know how to do light summer food in the med, but you don’t have to be on one of Club Med’s luxury holidays to get a taste of the Mediterranean. A simple bruschetta dish is incredibly easy to prepare and can be a really tasty treat, enjoyed either as a starter to an evening meal or as part of a light lunch.
Simply cut a large loaf of sourdough bread into thin slices and toast it. Rub it gently with a clove of garlic before drizzling over olive oil and adding a touch of salt and pepper. Next, add your diced tomatoes and a bit of chopped basil. You could even add onion, mushrooms – whatever you fancy!
Colourful Caribbean fish
Tray-baked and packed with flavour, the inspiration for this tasty fish dish hails from the Caribbean. For the marinade, simply mix some salt and pepper, a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme, two scotch bonnet chillies, a clove of crushed garlic, one onion and a dash of sugar and honey.
Next, score your fish with a knife about three times, so that the juices can work their way through the fish. Pour on the marinade at least an hour before cooking and place in the fridge.
You can then lay your fish in a shallow baking tray and place in your preheated oven (220°C) to cook for around 15-20 minutes. You can then serve your fish either with a side salad or a scoop of salsa.
Tip: If you aren’t a big fish fan, why not use this marinade on chicken or pork?
All-American banana split
So, it might not be the lightest of treats, but there’s plenty of fruit, so it’s certainly making the cut when it comes to an ideal summer menu. Simply peel your bananas and lay them down on serving plates. Place two scoops of vanilla ice cream over the banana, and place a handful of raspberries and strawberries on top. Separately, melt 25g of dark chocolate and mix in two tablespoons of cream. Stir a crushed digestive biscuit into the mixture, and drizzle it over the dessert. Finish it all off with a single cherry or a sprinkling or icing sugar.
So why not start inviting friends and family around for your summer dinner party, and see the summer out with the above range of gastronomic delights?