Our weather this year has seen bees and koalas dying in the heat, and tiny fruit forming drop from the trees. It has been a wicked Summer. For the first time ever I am without coriander leaves as they have burnt to a crisp.
In the heat of the Summer one of our favourite coolers is a pineapple based drink with citrus and strawberries, finished off with cooling coconut milk. I like it in the evenings with a touch of alcohol too. We rarely drink alcohol, it is just our preference, but this is one drink that will tempt me on a 40C+ day.
Similar drinks include Tamarind Summer Cooler, Roasted Green Mango Drink, and Ginger Cooler.
Browse all of our Coolers and all of our Drinks. Or explore our Late Summer recipes.
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Summer time and strawberries. The scent of fresh strawberries is intoxicating – have you noticed? We tend to eat them fresh, make Strawberry Icecream, we might bake them, they might go into a salad, or we blitz them into a lassi or frappe or smoothie. Occasionally we make strawberry jam.
But today we are having a special breakfast, making an Indian version of French Toast (no eggs involved), that is topped with slightly baked strawberries. The toast is encased in a sweet, cinnamon flavoured, chickpea flour batter, and is topped with baked strawberries. You can make the same French Toast and serve with strawberry jam – that is pretty good too.
Similar recipes include Baked Strawberries, Strawberries with Lemon, and Strawberries with Sticky Balsamic.
Browse all of our Strawberry recipes, and all of our Toasties. Or explore our easy Early Summer dishes.
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There are two camps in jam making. One camp insists that the fruit should be simmered with the acid (usually lemon juice) until the liquid is reduced and the fruit is soft, before adding the sugar. This softens the fruit and makes a fairly smooth jam.
The other camp likes to macerate the fruit in sugar to extract the juices for a more flavoursome jam where the fruit is not as tender and thus the jam is more chunky style.
I don’t mind either style, and it depends on the fruit and my mood of the day. The first way is definitely quicker – no overnight or day-long soaking – but I also quite love a chunky jam.
For this recipe we are using the maceration method. It is Rhubarb season and thus we are putting it to good use. I have written before about my previous aversion to rhubarb, but recently fell in love with it after making a simple, sweet dessert.
In this jam I used some lavender sugar – about half and half with plain sugar. You can add your own flavourings, should you care to. I do love a Strawberry and Black Pepper Jam.
Looking for something to have with the jam? Try Scones, Griddle Cakes or Crumpets.
Similar recipes include Strawberry Jam, Crab Apple Jelly, and Fig Jam with Black Pepper.
Browse all of our Jam recipes and all of our Rhubarb dishes. Or explore our Late Winter recipes.
We use Australian measurements: 1 tspn = 5ml; 1 Tblspn = 20ml; 1 cup = 250ml.
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Strawberries are very very cheap at the moment, and it is the perfect time to make a few strawberry dishes. Here we are marinating them in Kewra Water and Rosewater, and they will be served with a thick, drained and sweetened yoghurt. It is a delicious Summer dessert. Pop the colours further with a few blueberries and a couple of basil leaves or shreds of kaffir lime leaf.
The drained yoghurt is delicious and can be used in so many ways. Leftovers will keep a few days in the fridge. Read more about making it here. There are ideas on how to use them here.
Similar recipes include Baked Plums with Marsala or Port, Green Tea, Mint and Strawberry Cooler, Strawberries with Lemon, and Strawberries with Mint Raspberry Sauce. Also try our Sweet Orange Star Anise Sauce.
Browse all of our Strawberry recipes, and all of our Desserts. Or explore our Mid Summer dishes.
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Man, it is hot, and that sound is the sound of records breaking. As I write it is mind numbingly “warm”. Although it is such a slow start to Summer, these first days of heat are some of the hottest recorded. And people say climate change is not real.
So the rhythms of the kitchen change, and first thing in the morning we decide what to pop into the fridge for late-afternoon-on-the-deck cool sipping. There are quite a few recipes around for Apple Green Tea iced drink, and I tissied them up a bit, to suit our tastes and the items on my kitchen bench this morning. I do hope you enjoy it!
You might also like to try Ultimate Pineapple Juice and Coconut Cooler, Strawberry and Blueberry Juices, Ginger Cooler, Watermelon Juice with Mint and Ginger, Balinese Ginger and Lemongrass Tea (which can be iced) and a Strawberry Frappe.
Browse our Juice Collections:
Have a look at our Summer Cooler Suggestions – or browse all of our coolers here. Are you looking for Tea recipes? Try here. Or Juice suggestions? Look here. Or simply explore our Early Summer recipes here.
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An unusual salad indeed! The sweet and tart strawberries with the creamy avocados and the fresh herbs, together with the onion-walnut oil dressing, it is simply delicious!
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Black Bean and Avocado Salad with Green Tomatoes, Tomato and Strawberry Salad, Cucumber and Avocado Salad, and Baked Strawberries.
You might like to browse our Strawberry recipes and our Avocado dishes. And check out our many exciting Salads. Or explore our Mid Autumn dishes for even more inspiration.
This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2005. Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series.
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Strawberries! It is Wimbledon time, and great strawberries are still available in our greengrocers, so we mix them up with some lemon or lime juice and munch while we watch replays.
We have some similar recipes. Try Strawberries with Mint and Raspberry Sauce, Strawberries with Sticky Balsamic, and Baked Strawberries.
Or browse all of our Strawberry recipes, and all of our Desserts. And explore all of our Mid Summer dishes for more inspiration.
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This time, a yoghurt drink that borrows from the smoothie culture of current times. I call it a Lassi, but perhaps it is not a traditional lassi. It combines the best of the sub Continent and the West.
I have always wondered why Banana Lassi is not popular in India, as bananas are so readily available in the South of India. Perhaps it is that the ancient science of Ayurveda does not recommend the combination of dairy and banana. Today, we break that rule for a delicious Lassi smoothie. We have also used honey, but feel free to replace that with jaggery if you prefer to avoid honey with milk.
Yoghurt is so cooling in the heat.
Are you looking for other Lassi recipes? Try Rose Lassi, Strawberry and Peach Lassi, Sweet and Tangy Lassi, Mango Lassi and Chilli and Coriander Lassi.
Are you looking for Banana recipes? Try Pomegranate and Banana Salad, Banana Halwa, or Flattened Rice with Bananas and Honey.
You might like to browse all of our Lassi drinks, all of our Yoghurt Drinks, or all of our Drink recipes. Explore our Mid Summer recipes. Or perhaps you are looking for our Banana, Blueberry or Strawberry recipes.
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You know what? In hot weather I love a lassi, particularly a fruit lassi, for breakfast. Indian in origin, fruit lassi drinks mix yoghurt with fruit, spices and jaggery or sugar.
Today, there were peaches on the kitchen bench, strawberries in the fridge and basil in the garden. A beautiful breakfast was born in the shape of a lassi.
Why not also try our Mango Lassi and our Black Grape Lassi? Also try Ultimate Pineapple Juice and Coconut Cooler, and Rose Strawberries with Sweetened Yoghurt Cream.
We have a range of sweet, fruit and salt lassi recipes for you to browse. You can explore all of our Yoghurt recipes here and here. The Drinks recipes are here and here. Or be inspired by our Early Summer recipes.
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Nigel Slater with a dessert of strawberries and raspberries.
I love Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries II and perhaps it is even better than the first volume. While browsing through the June recipes (ie those suitable for December in Australia), it was his pairing of strawberries and raspberries that grabbed my attention. The festive season is notoriously hot in many parts and it is beach and BBQ weather every day. Berries are prolifically available in Australia at this time, and their gorgeous colours and flavours suit the season well.
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