14 ways Easy Food will make your summer delicious

    Caramelised pineapple skewers Easy Food front cover summer July August 2020 issue 149
    Summer’s well underway – not ony that, but now we can actually go out and enjoy it! We’ve been busy bees crafting a gorgeous issue to see you through the rest of the summer months, packed with loads of dinner ideas, sweet treats and spreads designed for al fresco fun.


    1. Fire it up!

    We Irish love a good barbecue, even if the weather isn’t holding up its end of the bargain. From irresistible babyback ribs to our ridiculously tasty cheesy stuffed mushroom burgers, this is sure to be the best barbecue feast of the summer!

    Easy Cheesy Mushroom Burger Easy Food
    Cheesy stuffed mushroom burgers
    2. An eclectic picnic

    Grab your basket, find that perfect picnic spot and get ready to EAT! With Scotch eggs, sausage rolls both meat and veggie, stunning sambos and all the salads and sauces you need, our picnic spread will put a smile on everyone’s face.

    Picnic spread Easy Food
    What a spread!
    3. Welcoming the GastroGays

    We’ve been fangirling pretty hard over Patrick and Russell of Chew The Fat podcast fame for years, and we’ve finally got them in the Easy Food kitchen (virtually speaking, at least). We were instantly obsessed with every mouthwatering recipe they’ve shared with us this issue — and we guarantee you will be, too.

    GastroGays Chew The Fat Easy Food guest editors July August 2020
    Photo by Philip Doyle
    4. Fruity fixes

    Our selection of beautiful fruit-inspired bakes (including the insane pavlova we couldn’t resist putting on the front cover!) is pure temptation. Go on, treat yourself.

    Strawberry meringue kisses Easy Food
    Strawberry meringue kisses
    5. Ice ice baby

    Speaking of desserts, Food Stylist Shannon is breaking down the different types of icings from royal to Swiss meringue buttercream, what they’re good for and how to make each one perfectly every time.

    Icings cupcakes Easy Food
    Every type of icing you could need.
    6. You say tomato

    Ripe, sweet tomatoes give us the taste of summer we wait for all year long. Make your own cherry tomato jam; slow-cook tomatoes with butter and ginger for a truly decadent toast topping; or make the freshest-ever tomato spaghetti for a real taste of sunshine that’s ready in minutes.

    Fresh Pasta Tomato Spaghetti Easy Food
    The freshest tomato spaghetti
    7. Pasta perfection

    If you fancy a challenge, why not make your own homemade pasta to bring that tomato dish to the next level? Our step-by-step guide makes it easier than you might think.

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    Homemade pasta, made easy.
    8. Cheers, darling

    Raise a glass in style with our refreshing summer drinks menu. Each recipe is suitable for kids and non-drinkers, with the option to add a little splash of something boozy for those in the mood.

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    Summer cocktails and mocktails
    9. Easy peasy midweek meals

    It can be hard to motivate yourself to head into the kitchen when the sun is shining, but our quick and easy dinner ideas are ready in a flash. Just convince someone else to do the washing up, and you’re sorted.

    Cheesy Tomato Stuffed Aubergines Easy Food
    Cheesy tomato stuffed aubergines
    10. Five ingredient fix

    In addition to our usual complement of easy meals, we’ve also created a selection that need only five ingredients, keeping your weekly shopping list to a minimum.

    Buffalo Chicken Sliders Easy Food
    Buffalo chicken sliders
    11. From the butcher’s block

    Our butcher pal Michael Fleming explains some commonly used terms you may hear in the butcher’s shop.

    12. In the postbox

    Deputy Editor Jocelyn has been reaping the benefits of home delivery, exploring the fabulous new Letterbox Larder kits available from Burren Balsamics.

    Prawn summer skewers Eat Ireland Jocelyn Doyle Easy Food
    Moroccan prawn skewers
    13. Surf’s up, grub’s up

    Chef, surfer and cookbook author Finn Ní Fhaoláin shares some of the healthy dishes that keep her energy levels high all summer long.

    14. Respect your elders

    Elderflowers are in season, and are one of the easiest wild foods to find and forage. Let the kids help you pick them and use them to make our lovely elderflower cordial or creamy homemade ice cream.

    Elderflower ice cream Easy Food
    Elderflower ice cream
    The late summer special of Easy Food hits shops Friday, July 3rd. Be sure to pick up your copy!


    Easy Food issue 149 summer July August 2020 front cover