Picnic loaf

A summer seasonal feast- put an end to your food rut for good

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Are you in a food rut?

Are you bored of your same old rotation of meals?

Does dinner time feel like more of a chore than a pleasure?

I SO know that feeling.  It’s kind of like writer’s block for cooks.  You’re sitting, pen in hand and surrounded by recipe books, trying to plan your week’s meals but completely without inspiration. Or worse still, you’re stuck in supermarket hell – no list, no plan, no clue – and no escape until you’ve managed to fill your trolley with ingredients for the next seven days. 


You end up with the same old tried and tested meals week in and week out. You make them in auto-pilot while absent-mindedly reliving a conversation with some idiot who annoyed you earlier in the day (only this time giving them a much wittier and more cutting response).  Then you and the family sit down and eat the meal without really noticing it as you all gaze at the telly letting yet another repeat of The Simpsons wash over you…

Well no more I say, NO MORE!

In this new monthly post, I hope that I can help you to keep things fresh (literally and metaphorically) by keeping them seasonal.  

courgette and cheese tart

I’m a big fan of seasonal eating and in today’s world of ‘natural’ this and ‘free from’ that, then what could make more sense than planning your meals around foods that are local, fresh and at their cheapest and most delicious?

Regular readers of my blog (I love you all – thank you!) will know that I post a monthly summary of the foods that are coming into season along with a few suggestions on what recipes you could make with them.

Plus this month I did this guest post with three great seasonal recipes for July!

In these new seasonal feast posts, I will combine two of my favourite foodie topics – eating seasonally, and turning mealtimes from something functional and habit driven into an occasion to savour and take pleasure from.


Summer Seasonal Feast

Here’s a quick re-cap of what’s in season this month...

This is when we hit the peak of British summertime (although admittedly it can sometimes be hard to believe. I write this as the rain beats down outside…)

Ideally it’s a time when we can make the most of our outside spaces, whether they be gardens, local parks or beaches.  So why not grab a basket, cool box and a few blankets and surprise you family with an impromptu picnic one evening instead of the usual TV dinner?

It doesn’t need to be fancy, elaborate or time consuming – you don’t even need to go further than your own back lawn if you don’t want to! Just get out there, chat about your day, laugh about that annoying idiot from earlier, and savour the tastes of the summer!

picnic loaf

Here are some great seasonal picnic ideas to get you started…

Pesto, chicken, sweet pepper & mozzarella picnic loaf

Caramelised onion, courgette & cheese tarts

Homemade Lemonade

My Perfect Sangria

Banana & Custard Loaf

Very British Frozen Strawberries & Cream

Or some other picnic related reading for you picneek-geeks (sorry..)

10 awesome sandwiches you should definitely try

The Baptism Picnic

Colette Broomhead

I am a 30 something mother of 2 little boys and I live with them and my husband in Nottingham. My passions are my family and friends, my kitchen, my cookery books and all things food and drink!

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