July and we’re into holiday season, thunder storms, Wimbledon and the Tour de France.
Why does the weather always break just as the schools break up? This year we have had some spectacular, noisy thunder storms, the weather has turned cooler and my shorts are back in the wardrobe! Fingers crossed it warms back up later in the month.
As well as tomatoes and courgettes, raspberries are at their peak this month, along with crab (I must get some), broad beans, green beans and new potatoes. Green beans are a personal favourite, as well as steaming them as a vegetable, I toss them in a salad still warm from the pot.
In June, we had the first Jersey Royal new potatoes, now it’s the turn of the Ayrshire Earlies. Grown in Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland, these are new potatoes, 15 to 70mm in diameter, round or oval in shape with a distinctive earthy, nutty flavour and creamy texture. There are a few different varieties grown, but Epicure is one of the traditional ones if you can get it. My mother used to toss them in a bit of oatmeal once cooked, they were absolutely delicious with a bit of butter!
Here’s what I have been making in July…
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