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HANDPICKED BERRIES, HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS & HOT CHOCOLATES

Something I've wanted to do for a while is to go to a pick your own farm. I didn't get a chance to go in the summer but we decided to check out the Ansty Farm for my Mum's birthday just to have a wander around and see what was left. The Ansty PYO and Farm Shop is only 10 minutes down the road from us and I really don't know why we've not been before!

As it's October I knew there wouldn't be a massive choice of things to pick, however, the main thing I wanted to find were raspberries and luckily there were still some about. Due to the recent bad weather, the people working there weren't sure if there would be much to pick but after having a walk around we actually managed to find some really nice raspberries.

We also were able to get some golden raspberries, which I'd never had before but was definitely intrigued. It was quite strange to see yellow raspberries but they tasted pretty similar to the usual ones and I'm surprised you don't seem …

SUMMER RECIPE IDEAS

Magazines used in photo: Ocado Life, Tesco, Homemaker

I feel like we're having a proper summer here in England this year, (though typically it's been raining today) and when it's hot out I always like to have foods that are full of flavour, colour and are pretty easy to make. However, I often find myself eating the same things so I've made a Pinterest board with recipes I want to try out and thought I'd share some of my favourites!

Breakfast

So to start off the day I've gone for something that you probably shouldn't have every day but if you paired it with some fruit then it would make a delicious breakfast to wake up to! This recipe is for Nutella Brioche which just sounds great, doesn't it and it's something that lots of people can eat. It does take a while to prepare but the cook time is only 40 minutes, which I think is totally worth it! 

Credit to Dina from Simply Home Cooked for the recipe and image


Lunch

Instead of a conventional sandwich, I thought I'd pick something a bit different for lunch, these Grilled Bruschetta Skewers would be a perfect addition to a picnic or even a barbeque! I'm obsessed with pesto at the moment and this seems like a great idea to have it in a more interesting way so I'll definitely be trying these out. They are super quick and easy to make, plus the recipe produces 20 skewers which is ideal for a family or friends gathering and you could definitely adapt it if you wanted to add different things! 

Credit to Annalise from Completely Delicious for the recipe and image

Dinner

When I hear summer I automatically think of barbecues so a burger is an obvious choice for dinner, however, this particular one caught my eye as it's a bit different from your classic, simple one! When I found this recipe for a Cheesy Salsa Burger I knew it would be right up my street and really want to try it out now, I love how a few additions can completely transform a dish. I'm actually not a fan of avocado (controversial, I know) so I probably would leave that out but other than that it looks delicious! As a side dish I thought that these Parmesan Garlic Fries looked so good and are really simple too, which is ideal when you don't want to be cooking for too long. 

Credit to Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny for the burger recipe and image
Credit to London from Evolving Table for the fries recipe and image

Dessert

There were so many dessert recipes that looked amazing but I picked out two items that include some of my favourite summer flavours. Firstly are these Lemon & Raspberry Cupcakes, which just look so good, I mean who wouldn't be proud to serve these! Lemon cakes are probably one of my favourites and these only take around an hour to make so what's not to like?! Secondly I've gone with this Mango Sorbet, its light, refreshing and mango is definitely one of my go-to summer fruits!

Credit to Ashley from Baker by Nature for the recipe and image
Credit to Sandhya from Sandhya's Kitchen for the recipe and image

Snack

Everyone needs something they can grab as a snack at some point during the day don't they! Now snacks can come in many forms so I've chosen something savoury, something sweet and then something a bit healthier! Firstly are these Cheese & Pesto Whirls which would be perfect for a mid-morning snack and just look delicious! Alternatively, if you fancy something sweet then why not try this Cinnamon Pretzel recipe, it's so simple but the cinnamon sugar is just the best and makes for a great little treat. However, if you're looking for something a bit healthier then why not go for a Fruit Salad, which screams summer. This particular one combines some of my favourite fruits with a citrus-honey dressing and fresh mint, it would be the perfect snack on a hot day!

Credit to Cassie from BBC Good Food for the pesto recipe and image
Credit to Debbie from One Little Project for the pretzel recipe and image
Credit to Ingrid from The Cozy Apron for the fruit recipe and image


Drink 

Now I couldn't make a summer recipe post without adding a bit about drinks! When it's hot out, all you want to do is have a refreshing drink on hand and fruity flavours are definitely my first choice. This first recipe is for a Raspberry Peach Lemonade which just sounds so amazing and would be the perfect thing to drink on a summers day. It's also a great thing to make if you've got guests and is something a bit different from normal lemonade! I also love to drink smoothies at this time of the year, I love that there are so many variations and you can be really creative. However, my favourite has to be a Tropical Smoothie, this particular one includes 4 fruits: pineapple, mango, orange and banana which is definitely a combination I like but you could also add in whatever you fancy!

Credit to Amanda from The Chunky Chef for the lemonade recipe and image
Credit to Ali from Gimme Some Oven for the smoothie recipe and image

I hope to try out all of these recipes as they all sound amazing, be sure to let me know if you make any! Or if you'd like to check out my Pinterest board, where I've saved lots more recipes, then please head on over. I've organised it into sections so hopefully, it's pretty easy to find everything! 

Comments

  1. I am digging all of these delicious foods! Oh man, the nutella brioche sounds so good - Maybe if I have just once slice :P. The grilled bruschetta skewers look so fancy! I know I'd appreciate that as a finger food. Oh man, those garlic fries are to love for!!! I am a total fan of the raspberry peach lemonade - maybe a bigger fan if I spike it up XD. Thanks for sharing these!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. I know it all looks so delicious doesn’t it, totally agree about the bruschetta skewers - they’re so simple but fancy at the same time! Haha yeah I like the sound of that!! Thanks for reading xx

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  2. This post has made me so hungry! I love it! The nutella brioche looks and sounds amazing! Ooh and the lemon and raspberry cupcake looks dreamy, I have such a sweet tooth! Thank you for sharing Lorna <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. I was so hungry whilst writing it haha! The cupcakes are so pretty aren’t they, I bet they’re amazing! Thanks for reading xxx

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  3. All the food looks so good in the pictures! I definitely love the look of the lemon and raspberry cupcake, haha. That one is definitely something I would like to try! A fruit salad is also perfect choice for the summer weather, although as you said, it has been raining the past few days, but it's not as bad as it's nice with it being quite a bit cooler!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

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    1. Yeah I love a fruit salad when it’s hot out, it’s perfect for the summer! It definitely is quite nice to have some cooler weather isn’t it! Thanks for reading x

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  4. I've been looking for some summer recipes so this is incredibly well timed! Those grilled bruschetta skewers sound absolutely amazing, will definitely be giving those a try!

    Jas xx

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    1. Haha let me know if you do give them a go! Thanks for reading xx

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  5. The Nutella Brioche looks amazing! You could prepare the night before if you were trying to save time! I'm mad to do an extra bit of cooking, and learn a few extra recipes over the Summer, so this post will come in handy!!

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    1. Yeah it would be great to wake up knowing you had that to say in the morning! Ooh let me know if you make any!x

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  6. These all look like amazing recipes, especially the cheesy salsa burger and the cinnamon pretzel. Right now I am trying to start eating healthier and cleaner, so maybe I'll find some alternatives.

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    1. Yeah I’m trying to eat better but sometimes it’s definitely nice to treat yourself isn’t it! Thanks for reading!

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