With little else going on in our lives these days, the meals, snacks and treats we’re making have become even more important than usual. That’s why we’ve made sure to pack the May-June issue of Easy Food with a combination of tempting treats, healthy options and fun projects — everything you need to make these days at home delicious.
1. Fighting fit
Never before have we been so aware of our immune systems! We’ve created a selection of tasty recipes using foods known for their immunity boosting properties, from a superhero shot packed with ginger and turmeric to this Mediterranean barley and broccoli bowl.
2. Dinner with Derval
Speaking of healthy foods, Olympian Derval O’Rourke is (virtually!) in the Test Kitchen with her best recipes and tips for staying fit and well.
3. Strawberry beret
One of our absolute favourite things about the start of the summer is welcoming sweet, fragrant Irish strawberries back into our kitchens. Their season may be short, but their flavour is unrivalled. These recipes are sure to get your summery vibes flowing; just take a look at this absolutely stunning tart, for starters.
4. Grow your own
Strawberries aren’t the only thing in season, and we know plenty of you have recently been tempted to start growing your own fruit and veggies — so we’ve put together a handy guide on what you can plant out this month.
5. Go bananas!
Creating these sweet treats using bananas was plenty of fun. Eating them? Even better. Just check out this mouthwatering banana cobbler.
6. Treat yourself
Feeling extra-indulgent? We’ve got the cure for that — a seriously decadent chocolate brownie mousse sundae. You are welcome.
7. Pasta perfection
As much as we love spuds — we LOVE THEM — pasta is often our midweek go-to, as it’s incredibly quick to prepare and oh-so-versatile. We’ve been dreaming up some clever new ways to make the best possible use of this pantry staple, such as this Thai pesto pasta.
8. Be your own bartender
Quarantinis have become all the rage on social media, from Meryl Streep’s fabulous dressing gown martini to Ina Garten’s absolutely massive cosmopolitan. What do you do if you’re limited to what’s in the house? Make one of these creative cocktails using storecupboard staples, of course! (You will need a bottle or two of booze, though — we can’t help you there.)
9. Challenge yourself
If you’ve ever wanted to make your own focaccia, now’s your chance, with our so-simple recipe for this garlic and rosemary version. The hardest part will be finding a bag of flour in the shops!
10. From the butcher’s block
Our butcher pal Michael Fleming shares his best advice for one-trip shopping, and why it’s so smart to organise your weekly food plan.
11. Feeling fancy
Food Stylist Shannon is bringing a touch of French elegance to your kitchen with a step-by-step guide to making picture-perfect pastel macarons in a variety of flavours.
12. Eating Ireland at home
Deputy Editor Jocelyn has been figuring out how to support small-scale Irish producers during these difficult times and rounding up just some of the fabulous artisan Irish food and drink available online right now. Internet shopping has never felt so noble.
The May-June issue of Easy Food is on sale next Tuesday 12th of May — be sure to pick up your copy!