The Easy Food Summer Special is always one of our favourite issues of the year. Packed with colourful, fresh recipes and smart ideas for spending as much time outside as possible, it’s your ideal companion for the sunny months. Read on to find out what’s in store…
1. Sunshine foods
It’s finally, properly, undeniably summer! We’re wasting no time in firing up the barbecue, with some stunning flame-grilled recipes that take you from brunch through to dinner.
We’ve also been busy packing up the beach picnic of your dreams, from sandwiches, pies and mini quiches to homemade biccies and creamy parfait pots.
2. All-Irish all-stars
This month’s special recipe feature is a bumper one, featuring light summer meal ideas from a host of icons ranging from Darina Allen and Donal Skehan to Susan Jane White and the GastroGays! These are some of our favourite faces from the Irish food scene, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing what they’ll be eating this season.
3. Everyday barbie
Our butcher pal Michael Fleming shares his top tips for getting the most out of your barbecue, any day of the week — no special occasion required!
4. Cold as ice
Cool off with one of Food Stylist Shannon’s fantastic frozen desserts, from grown-ups-only mojito ice pops to these highly addictive malted cookie ice cream sambos.
5. Churn, churn, churn
Indulge in some luxurious homemade ice cream — with a range of flavour ideas, there’s something for everyone. Just look at this stunning raspberry ripple!
6. Fresh to death
During the summer months, we are all about that seasonal produce! Keep it green with our quick and healthy midweek meals.
7. Colour and crunch
Find the best salads to complement that al fresco meal, or simply to enjoy as a tasty midweek lunch.
8. Things can only get pepper
We’re celebrating summery, in-season peppers — whether stuffed with spiced couscous or used as a sweet match for slow-cooked steak, every bite is a taste of sunshine.
9. Healthy summer foods
As if that wasn’t enough veg, we’ve also included some extra healthy dinners, sides and drinks designed for good weather, making it even easier for you to nourish your body from the inside out.
12. Feeling sheepish
Deputy Editor Jocelyn has been exploring Ireland’s only sheep’s milk yoghurt in her Eat Ireland column… and using it to create the lightest, fluffiest cake of the summer.
11. Eat well, every day
We know the summer can be a bit nuts for the parents out there, so be sure to lean on our weekly menu planner for a week’s worth of family meals without the fuss. We’ve also included some sweet potato muffins the kids can bake themselves, which should keep them in healthy snacks for at least 10 minutes!
The Easy Food Summer Special is in shops from June 12th, ready for your tastiest summer yet — make sure you don’t miss out!