Posted 5th July 2013 by Tara King
July is my favourite month. It’s officially summer and at last we can all enjoy the long sunny days (fingers-crossed), picnics in the parks and day trips to the seaside and countryside. I love shopping for food in the summer too. The fruit and veg aisles have never looked so colourful and there’s an abundance of choice. With summer fruits and an array of crunchy fresh vegetables in season, July is one of the best month’s of the year to load up on fresh produce. Here’s our top picks for the month.
Treat yourself to juicy sweet peaches and nectarines
Nothing spells summer to me as much as biting into my first peach or nectarine of the year. These sweet, juicy fruits have a relatively short season so do grab the chance to enjoy them this month. Peaches have a dusky, fuzzy skin texture whereas nectarines are smooth. Some people say peaches are sweeter but it’s all down to individual taste. We love this summery nectarine and blue cheese salad.
Or for pudding who can resist poached nectarines with fresh vanilla cream?
Love shellfish? Make sure you try scallops this month. This delicate white shellfish is delicious lightly fried and served with a squeeze of fresh lemon. Our recipe for barbecued scallops and bacon is perfect for entertaining and a welcome addition to the menu of your barbecue party.
Peas and radishes are in season and are lovely to eat as a snack, side dish or try adding them to summer salads. This radish and pea salad is one of our summer side dish staples. Serve with cold roast beef or grilled chicken for a fresh and healthy summer meal.
The quintessential summer berry is in peak season this month and no picnic should be without a tub. We love serving strawberries for pudding. Keep it simple with bowls of strawberries and cream or push the boat out and try making a heart-shaped strawberry tart.
If the temperature rises then cool down with our delicious strawberry and ice cream lollies and a refreshing glass of cloudy lemonade.
What will you be cooking and eating this month? I’d love to hear your comments below, or you can tweet me @TescoRealFood
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