Finally summer! Finally, the weather that we can enjoy outside from morning to night: sun on our skin, wind in our hair – wonderful! On a perfect summer day, of course, you can dine under a blue sky. We have put together delicious summer recipes for light dishes and cooling drinks that you can prepare yourself quickly and with fresh ingredients from the garden. Here we go!
Summer is too short in our part of the world to not enjoy it to the fullest. Anyone who spends the whole day in the garden naturally wants to eat and drink there too. That is why we have put together 12 summer recipes for you – sorted by meals. These are easy to prepare and digestible; summer dishes with and without meat/fish as well as cold and warm can be served. You will also receive recipes for refreshing summer drinks. But the best thing is: at least one ingredient per recipe comes from your garden!
Summer for breakfast
It is well known that tastes are different at breakfast: While some prefer sweet things in the morning, others prefer to start the day on the hearty, hearty taste bar. Our summer breakfast recipes have something delicious for both flavors:
Baked porridge with berries from the garden
For a baking dish of fully baked oatmeal, you need the following ingredients according to the recipe by Christine from the blog Apple of my Eye :
- 2 cups of fresh berries (the recipe also works if you use frozen berries) from the garden, for example, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, currants (white, red, and black)
- 2 organic eggs
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 2 cups instant oat flakes (normal oat flakes extend the baking time)
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 pinch of salt
- ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup nuts (pecans or similar)
- 1.5 tablespoons butter or vegetarian alternatives
- 2 cups of low-fat milk or vegetarian alternatives
And this is how the porridge is baked:
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Then mix the dry ingredients: oatmeal; Baking powder, cinnamon and sugar, salt
- Next, mix the milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and butter.
- Layer half of the berries in a flat baking dish. This is followed by the dry mix of ingredients made from oat flakes & Co. Pour the milk mixture over it. The second half of the berries are placed on top and spread the chopped nuts over them.
- The whole thing goes in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the oatmeal has soaked up the liquid. With normal oatmeal, it takes around 35 to 40 minutes.
Our tip: The casserole tastes delicious hot and cold. You can also bake it in the evening and serve it cold in the morning!
Garden herb butter with feta cheese
For the wonderfully fragrant garden herb butter you need the following ingredients according to the recipe by Birgit from the blog EmmaBee :
- 125 grams of soft butter or vegetarian alternatives
- 100 grams of sheep cheese
- 2 spring onions
- 1 clove of garlic
- Herbs of your choice from the garden
- Pepper salt
- Lemon juice
The preparation of the garden herb butter is very simple:
Beat the butter and sheep cheese with the mixer until frothy. Then add onions, garlic and garden herbs – all finely chopped – and stir in. Finally, season the garden herb butter with salt, pepper and lemon juice. It tastes good on hearty dark bread as well as on a warm baguette and you don’t need any additional toppings, guaranteed!
Our tip: If there is any garden herb butter leftover from breakfast, you can serve it for dinner or a barbecue.
Detoxifying ginger-lemon water with cucumber and fresh mint from the garden
A refreshing and detoxifying summer drink is the ginger-lemon water with cucumber and mint according to the recipe from deceptivelydelicious.com. It not only quenches thirst but also stimulates fat burning and thus helps you lose weight. For maximum aroma, it is best to prepare the drink, also known as detox water or infused water, in the evening: cut a medium-sized cucumber from your garden into fine slices. Likewise an organic lemon and a thumb-sized piece of organic ginger root. Put both ingredients in a carafe and pour water over them. A handful of young mint leaves from your herb bed provide a fresh taste. Let the water cool overnight and enjoy it in the morning with its aromatic freshness.
Our tip: drunk three days before each meal, the ginger-lemon water with cucumber and mint more than lives up to its nickname “slim water” as part of a summer diet. Try it!
Summer at noon
Lunch in summer should above all be easy to digest and digestible. We have therefore selected two classic summer recipes for you, one for a crispy, colorful potato salad without mayonnaise that you can enjoy lukewarm or cold, and one for a one-pot pasta with spinach and smoked salmon.
Colorful garden potato salad
For the potato salad according to a recipe from the housewife’s side, you need the following ingredients in addition to two kilograms of waxy potatoes:
- 3 peppers, preferably colorful
- 1 cucumber
- 1 onion
- 2 sour apples
- 5 spring onions
- 1 bunch of radishes
- 3 large tomatoes
- a handful of garden herbs, finely chopped
- some hot vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons of mustard
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- 1 natural yogurt (150 g) or vegetarian alternatives
- Salt and pepper, possibly garlic
Boil, peel, and slice the first potatoes from your garden. Then stir the vegetable stock with hot water and pour it over the potatoes. Then chop the vegetables and fruit into bite-sized pieces. Mix together the mustard, yogurt and oil and season the mix with pepper and salt. The dressing comes over the potatoes. Then fold in the vegetables.
Our tip: For an “animal” variant of the colorful garden potato salad, you can add smoked salmon, sausages, or garlic salami (in cubes or slices).
Quick one-pot pasta with smoked salmon
For the quick one-pot pasta made to a recipe from Stern you need:
- 1 finely diced onion
- 250 grams of pasta
- 300 milliliters of vegetable broth
- 100 milliliters of cream or vegetarian alternatives
- 150-gram handful of spinach
- 200 grams of smoked salmon in fine strips
- 1 to two cloves of garlic
- if no children eat: 100 milliliters of white wine
- Salt pepper
The preparation of the one-pot pasta is very quick: peel the onion, cut it in half and finely chop it. Likewise the garlic. Then put the onion, garlic, pasta, vegetable broth, cream, possibly white wine and parmesan in a saucepan. Let the whole thing boil. While doing this, stir regularly. Then let the whole thing simmer for about six minutes with the lid closed on medium heat. Wash the spinach and add it to the pan with the smoked salmon. After simmering for another minute or two, the spinach will have collapsed. Season the one-pot pasta with salt and pepper.
Our tip: The leftovers of this creamy pasta also taste as good cold as a pasta salad!
Refreshing apple iced tea with cinnamon
For the apple iced tea, simply change the recipe for homemade apple and cinnamon tea from Hannah. Instead of serving hot, the tea is served iced, which means that you should prepare it in the evening. Throw two apples cut into pieces, two sticks of organic cinnamon, broken if necessary, and a piece of chopped ginger in a liter of boiling water. Let the brew briefly boil and then steep for a quarter of an hour. Chill the tea overnight and serve it on ice, preferably with a slice of apple in it.
Our tip: You can also freeze the tea as an ice cube and serve it in a glass, where it slowly melts in the summer heat.
Summer for coffee
We think: A pastry with freshly harvested rhubarb should go with the summer coffee in the garden. Because its pleasant acidity combines inimitably with the sweetness of the dough. We will also serve you a recipe for a quick ice cream (without an ice machine) made from the fruits of your garden.
Blackberry ice cream in a lemon (without egg and without ice machine)
What would summer be without delicious ice cream ?! We found a great ice cream recipe on Jenny’s blog Sugar, Cinnamon, and Love that you can prepare without an egg or ice cream machine and serve in lemon peel. The ingredients you need for this are:
- 4 organic lemons
- 375 grams of fresh blackberries from your garden
- Zest of half an organic lemon
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 can (400 grams) of sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter or vegetarian substitute
- 500 grams of whipped cream or vegetarian substitute
And this is how you get a little closer to the (garden) homemade ice cream heaven: Cut the organic lemons in half lengthways, remove the pulp (do not throw away, you can throw it in the iced tea or detox water, for example!). Mix blackberries, lemon zest and honey very finely with the blender or puree. Mix the berry puree with sweetened condensed milk and melted butter. Whip the cream until stiff. Pour the cream into the blackberry mixture. Then fill the finished ice cream into the lemon halves. Leave them in the freezer for at least four hours.
Our tip: If you have more ice than can fit into the hollowed-out lemon halves, put it in a lockable container and also in the freezer compartment. Then you can even refill the empty lemon peel.
Watermelon smoothie with coconut and fresh garden mint
No summer day without a watermelon – that much is certain for us. We deliver the colorful fruit to your coffee as a smoothie, pepped up with mint from your herb garden according to the recipe. In addition to a quarter watermelon, you also need fresh mint leaves and 150 milliliters of coconut drink. The melon must be peeled and pitted. Then put it in the blender with the washed mint and coconut drink. It is served well chilled.
Our tip: If you leave the smoothie mixture in the ice-cream compartment longer, you will get a delicious sorbet.
Summer for dinner
Summer evenings are mild and long. Just right for convivial meals with family and friends. One dish should not be missing: mozzarella with freshly harvested garden tomatoes and homemade basil pesto. This goes well with a slice of black bread with spicy herb butter (see above) or with grilled vegetables. We also serve you a recipe for a quick garden tarte flambée.
Mozzarella with garden tomatoes (on a stick) and homemade basil pesto
For our starter, the photo above provided the idea. All you need is small tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, olive oil, pepper, salt, basil leaves, and commercially available skewers.
The pesto made from a recipe by Saskia on the blog food likers is what you do:
- Basil leaves (2 pots),
- roasted pine nuts (30 grams),
- Olive oil (80 milliliters),
- Parmesan (50 grams),
- and a clove of fresh garlic from the garden.
Mix all the ingredients in the blender or with the hand blender until you have a creamy sauce: the basil pesto à la Genovese.
Serve the tomatoes with mozzarella on a skewer with a pile of pesto in between with your garden dinner. You can dust the whole thing with homemade herbal salt and freshly ground pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil.
Our tip: Assorted on a baking sheet, the mozzarella tomato skewers can also be briefly baked in the oven. The delicious aroma is intensified many times over.
Tarte flambée with leek
A tarte flambée is a light summer dish that can be prepared quickly and even on the grill. Our garden tarte flambée based on a Springlane recipe has the following ingredients:
- 1 leek from your garden
- 5 grams of fresh rosemary from your garden
- 1 ready-made tarte flambée batter
- 75 grams of sour cream
- 100 grams of grated mozzarella
- olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter or vegetarian alternatives
- Salt pepper
Halve the leek stick, wash it, and cut only the white and light green part into fine strips. Pluck the rosemary needles from the stem and finely chop them. In the meantime, the oven can be preheated (20 degrees Celsius top/bottom heat). Then put some olive oil and the butter in a pan and fry the leeks and rosemary for 10 minutes over low heat, until the leeks are soft.
Roll out the tarte flambée batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush it evenly with sour cream and spread the leek on top. Season with salt and pepper. Then the mozzarella is sprinkled over it. The tarte flambée should bake for 15 minutes on the middle rack.
Our tip: For a particularly crispy tarte flambée, you can first bake the dough solo, then top it and bake it again.
As a drink for dinner, we serve you gherkin lassi based on a Severin recipe. For this you need:
- 350 milliliters of natural yogurt
- ½ cucumber from your garden
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- some freshly grated ginger
- about 1 pinch of wasabi paste
- 1 pinch of cumin
- 1 pinch of salt
Peel the cucumber and cut it into pieces. It is then pureed with the yogurt and seasoned with lemon juice, ginger, wasabi paste, cumin, and salt.
Our tip: If the lassi is too thick, you can dilute it with cold water or milk.
You have 12 recipes for summer dishes for a summer day in the garden – made from many ingredients you harvest yourself. It remains for us to wish you bon appetit and plenty of suns! Or are you more hungry for a spring-like recipe?
Are you looking for additional inspiration for recipes from the garden? Have a look on our Pinterest board for summer recipes: Hello sun drop by. There we have put together a multitude of great ideas for all things summer.
Superfoods for Winter Skincare
You do not feel thirsty in winter; Therefore, you don’t drink a lot of water. You need to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized in winters. You’re also probably not eating enough skin-friendly foods. Your diet can also protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) sun damage, dryness and reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging on the skin, and promote glowing and smooth skin.
Beetroot is a great source of vitamin C. By fighting free radical activity, vitamin C helps delay aging and makes your skin youthful and glowing. Either you can eat it in salad or make juice out of it. It make a great addition to your diet.
Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene which is a skin-friendly nutrient that gets converted into vitamin A inside the body. Along with vitamins, carrots are also loaded with vitamin C. Carrots have antioxidant properties that protect your skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. The lycopene in carrots protects your skin from UV damage.
Avocado contains loads of nutrients like vitamins A, C and E. They also contain monounsaturated fats, which help the skin gain and retain moisture. Avocado is also a storehouse of minerals that are essential for healthy skin.
Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables that is good for your skin. It is rich in Vitamin A and C to keep the skin healthy and reduce scars and maintain collagen production. Broccoli contains vitamin B that helps reduce dry patches on the skin.
Olive oil is good for the skin, mostly during the winter season when the skin becomes dry. Foods rich in vitamins A and E and many other natural fatty acids and minerals help hydrate the skin to maintain its suppleness and elasticity.
It also prevents skin aging, when fine lines and wrinkles appear, and it protects the skin from damage caused by free radicals.
Green tea is one of the best foods available on the planet, and it’s no wonder it’s full of antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals and prevent flaky skin. It also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Chamomile is widely used in cosmetics. The mesmerizing scent of chamomile is a stress-buster. Chamomile oil can be applied for skin irritations. Simply brew some chamomile tea and use it as a facial water or as a base for your cream to get the best results. Chamomile is very effective to get rid of the problem of pigmentation, acne or to treat your dry skin.
Spinach, fenugreek or fenugreek leaves, carom seeds are now available in abundance. Add these to your dal, snacks or salads daily. Not only rich in iron but also rich in micro minerals that are vital for your skin.
They not only release good hormones but also contain antioxidants which are very good for your skin. Dark chocolate is one of the best foods to keep your skin beautiful and beautiful. It contains flavonoids which help in making the skin glow even in the cold winter. It also provides natural protection to your skin from the sun. Dark chocolate can be bought in many forms such as chocolates, cupcakes, brownies or online cake delivery in Bhubaneswar or wherever you reside.
During the winter months, you need lots of fatty acids to nourish the body. Including salmon and other seafood in your winter diet helps. It contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids that nourish the skin from within. It helps in restoring the moisture and plumpness of the skin instead of drying it out. Also, a mineral called selenium protects the skin from UV rays while zinc stimulates the production of new skin cells.
It is very beneficial in the winter season. It works wonders for skin care in winters, combating many problems like dry skin and flaky patches. It is a good source of vitamins that nourish the skin and protect it from the harmful UV rays of the sun. It also has anti-aging properties that reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Pomegranates have a high water content, which means they help hydrate your skin better. Pomegranates contain vitamin C and a variety of antioxidants that help combat free-radical activity, which is responsible for deteriorating skin-health.
Water is very important even in winters as it not only helps in removing dehydration from inside but also keeps your skin moisturized. You can drink water in the form of green tea or other healthy concoction
Giving your freshly baked cake the additional “Oomph”
Can you imagine a celebration without some fantastic and delicious cake? You probably cannot! Cakes are these super tasty snacks that are present in a number of occasions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and many other events. Naturally, these terrific snacks, AKA cakes, need to be tastefully done so that they can enhance the theme of the occasion and people can enjoy cutting and relishing it. There is no need of having a plain and boring cake as there are several ways that a person can use to give them a great new look that will upgrade the taste and appeal of the cake:
The use of various cake decorating accessories to enhance its appearance:
This can either be edible or inedible, depending on the preference of the individual, the type of texture wanted and for purely artistic integrity. There are different types of cake decoration accessories that a person can use to come up with a great end product depending on the said occasion. For instance, one can use icing either hard or soft (though, this should be evenly spread on the cake using a butter knife). Also, an additional tip, make sure you use the icing which is of room temperature to avoid any disappointments such as uneven spread.
Cake beads- These are usually not edible decorative pieces, but they give your freshly baked cake a great look. These beads for topping are available in different colours where you can pick the one that compliments your cake theme or outlook the best. Try and get an out of this world pattern to use with these beads and come up with a unique design which will increase the interest of your guests.
Candy toppings- A cake can be made sweeter by decorating it with small dollops of the icing of your choice. Adding colourful pop chocolates like Gems, chocolate kisses drops, peanut butter cup licorice or any other candy that you would love to complete the cake with can add so much vibrancy and aesthetics to your cake. Try and get candy which is differently coloured from the cake to make them stand out from the rest of the toppings. You can also have a ganache of cream or glaze chocolate or any other flavour around and top of it to make your cake look more classic.
Various designs- Forget about the round tiers of cake that people normally have as there are multiple designs that a person can use to get a beautiful cake ready. For instance, if it is your boyfriend’s birthday, prepare a cake shaped like a ball with his favorite team logo cut out of a fondant at the top, get cartoon characters for children, dress designs for ladies and so forth. Now this is advanced cake designs and may get ruined if a first time baker takes up such challenges. Thus, it is best to seek professional guidance while baking such cakes or to simply order a cake from Bakingo cake delivery in Delhi service.
Some of the essential tools that are needed to make decorative designer cakes include:
- A serrated knife that is used to shape and carve the cake. Always make sure to get a high quality one if you want a good job done.
- Piping bags are used to squeeze out the icing especially while writing a message or name on the cake. These are available in various designs as well.
- One also needs food coloring liquids which will help achieve the exact hue and look that is needed. Of course, it is usually better to use gel colouring agents, which are more effective than the other colouring materials found in the market.
Browse the internet to get different cake decoration ideas and pieces that can be used to make the cake as interesting as possible. You can also find an encyclopedia worth of cake recipes to bake and prepare for different occasions. So that there is always a different concoction of flavours for your taste buds. The best way to decorate cakes is to let your imagination overflow with inspirations and the continual practice in this crafty art. So, now that you have all the details, head to the pantry and whip up a cake!
The History of Italian Pizza
When you think of pizza, what comes to mind? Most picture a crispy round pie, laden with grease, cheese, and bright red tomato sauce. Like man and machine, the humble pizza pie has come a long way since its invention many years ago!
We all know that pizza originated in Italy, but do you know how this beloved delicacy got its start? What did the first Italian Pizza look like, and would you even recognize it today?
If you’re curious about the origins of pizza, read on to learn the history of everyone’s Friday night favorite! You might even learn some rustic pizza recipes to prepare the next time you have company!
Pizza has been around in one form or another since antiquity. Not all of the earliest pizzas looked like the pizzas you might order today. Many of them resembled flatbreads, more like open-faced sandwiches with sweet and savory toppings.
Darius the Great of Persia was cooking up flatbread-style pizza as early as the sixth century BC. The Persians topped their pizza with cheese and dates. Without woodfired pizza ovens, they had to bake their pizzas on the shields that they used in battle!
You can even find something like pizza mentioned in Ancient Greek literature. If you read The Aeneid in school, you might have noticed that the characters enjoyed eating a meal of pitas topped with vegetables. This early pizza was even significant to the plot, as it appeared in a prophecy earlier in the epic poem!
Some of pizza’s earliest ancestors still exist today, only with different names. Have you had focaccia, pita bread, lepinja, or coca? If so, you have already experienced a piece of pizza history pre-dating the Italian pizza!
The Early Italian Pizza
Think about the best pizza you’ve ever had. It probably wasn’t a pile of vegetables on top of a pita! The pizza you know today was probably derived from the Italian pizza, which began its life in sixteenth century Naples.
A lot of us use pizza as a survival food while living in college dorms. In the sixteenth century, pizza was food for the poor. It was a “street food,” resembling a galette, and was rarely prepared in the kitchen like a proper meal.
Tomatoes wouldn’t become part of pizza history until after Europeans had come into contact with the plant in the Americas. These tomatoes, along with oil and fish, would top the galette crust.
Believe it or not, the earliest Italians thought that tomatoes were a poisonous plant and would not cook with them! The poorest Italians were the first to take a risk, and that risk certainly paid off. The rumors of the dish were enough to bring tourists into the poorest parts of Naples to sample the delicacy!
It wouldn’t be until about the nineteenth century that all of the components of our favorite modern pizza would combine. Although apocryphal, the first Margherita pizza was supposedly prepared in honor of Margherita of Savory. She was a beloved Italian queen.
The chef responsible was Raffaele Esposito. He decorated the pizza with red sauce, white cheese, and green basil to represent the flag of Italy. The popularity of the monarchy would lead to the popularity of the dish, cementing these toppings as the “default.”
In many pizzerias, you can order a Margherita Pizza by name, even today! It is a simple, rustic slice – and a piece of pizza history!
During the 19th century, there were already about 120 operational pizzerias in Naples. They employed both pizza makers and pizza sellers. The pizza sellers worked on the street, as it was still a street food for many years.
Pizza Sweet Pizza
Even until the early 20th century, pizza looked and tasted different than you might expect. In fact, it was a sweet dish rather than a savory one! Today, “dessert pizza” is a novel specialty, but it used to be the most common iteration of our cheesy favorite!
The first mention of the Neopolitan pizza, the round, cheesy pizza we enjoy today, would be in a cookbook in 1911. The author described Pizza alla Napoletana as a pizza crust topped with mozzarella, tomato, mushrooms, and sardines.
True Neopolitan Pizza and Pizza Today
Did you know that there are strict standards for what we call Neopolitan Pizza today? The True Neapolitan Pizza Association was founded in 1984 to declare specific rules regarding what could be considered authentic pizza.
The rules state that authentic pizza must be baked in a domed, woodfired pizza oven. The dough must be kneaded by hand, without the aid of any technology, including a rolling pin! An authentic pizza also cannot be larger in diameter than 35 centimeters.
Given those strict standards, even the biggest pizza fans may have never enjoyed a “True Neopolitan Pizza.” Some pizzerias are even stricter in their standards. They may only use one specific kind of tomato, or dictate the direction that sauce and oil can be added to the crust!
The thickness and texture of the crust varies regionally. The famous Chicago Deep Dish would not be considered a true Neopolitan, nor would the massive slices served up in your average New York City pizza joint!
Today, you can frequently get a pizza delivered from the oven to your door in thirty minutes or less. On websites like https://wiseguypizzapie.com/, you can even order your pizza online, without speaking to a single human soul! Pizza has come a long way, and it has taken about seven thousand years to get here!
From Antiquity to the Freezer Aisle
No true pizza fan would deny that the Italian pizza has come a long way from its origins in the Mediterranean. Today, you can pick up a frozen pizza from the supermarket and have a hot slice ready in just a few minutes. Pizza is a beloved, accessible food, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon!
Did this article make you hungry? Put your pizza in the oven and then check out the rest of the blog while it’s cooking. You’ll find plenty of articles about all of the foods you love!
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