The Gousto Calendar: August
As the seasons change, so does the food we eat. In winter everyone loves hearty, warming casseroles and fruity crumbles, whereas, in the summer we’re all looking forward to flavoursome salads and fresh berries.
Summer’s in full swing now, but it won’t be long before the days start getting shorter again. Fortunately, we still have enough time to savour some of the best produce the season has to offer.
Berries are at their best right now. This includes strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries and blackberries. Berries aren’t just great for adding to fruit tarts, muffins, pavlovas, smoothies and berry compotes, they’re also good for you, packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Nowadays, supermarkets stock berries all year round, but don’t be fooled: the best British berries can only be enjoyed whilst they are in season during the summer months.
Green veg such as cucumbers, courgettes and peas are all delicately sweet vegetables that are perfect for summer. So it should come as no surprise that this is when they’re likely to be at their peak of flavour and freshness. Peas are great added into summer salads or made into soup. Our favourite recipe for summer soup comes from a combination of peas, courgettes, onion and mint. It’s fresh, light and very healthy.
Peashoot salad with peas, mint, pistachios, caramelised onion and feta is another vibrant and tasty summer salad. Served with roast lamb marinated in Moroccan spices, this salad brings a hint of sunshine to a traditional roast dinner. An ideal dressing can be made out of honey, Dijon mustard, oil and red wine vinegar.
It might seem a little odd to think that fish come in and out of season just like vegetables, but August really is considered to be the time of year when mackerel and sea bass are at their best! This is great news as mackerel is fantastic when cooked on the barbecue. The skin goes deliciously crispy and the smoky charcoal flavour of the fish mean there is little need for rubs or marinades. You can cook sea bass in the oven or pan fry it with some fresh flavours like lemon and a little splash of white wine.
Summer food is all about lightness, simplicity and using a few choice ingredients. Anything that can be picked up by hand, cooked on the BBQ or wrapped up and taken on a picnic is also likely to make excellent summer fare. Whatever you eat before the clocks turn back though, make sure it’s seasonal if you want to make the very best of it.
Hannah, The Greedy Archive