After the wettest June on record the energy seems to have gone out of summer cooking but it can’t last forever (can it?). Let’s try and stay vaguely optimistic and look ahead to some sunnier days in July
Holidays are on the horizon and whether you’re self catering, camping, glamping or relaxing at home there always seems to be more time in the summer. Lots of customers have mentioned over the years how they like to take a recipe kit or a spicebox on holiday with them (I know it sounds a bit weird written like that but we do have some very dedicated customers!) as they have more time and energy to cook different meals during the summer. Obviously this is something we thoroughly approve of so if you’ve got more time to cook this summer, why not try a new recipe?
The new range of summer recipe kits is something we’re really proud of and some highlights include Cajun Jambalaya, Paella, Moussaka, Browndown Chicken and many more. You can now combine any of these with one of the dessert kits such as Peach Cobbler, Mango Saffron Kulfi to make a fantastic summer meal on the new Summer Box page.
Some really good blends to have on hand this time of year include Chermoula – a Moroccan blend with lots of cumin, garlic and herbs. It’s really good mixed to a thick paste with lemon juice and a splash of olive oil then you can use it as a marinade for chicken, lamb or fish – really coat it on fairly generously. You can then make a dressing using the same blend of chermoula, lemon juice and more olive oil to make a thinner mix to drizzle over a salad – it’s very family friendly and full of flavour without any heat.
On that subject, Za’atar is also a great mix to have in the kitchen now. It’s a middle eastern blend of thyme, sesame and sumac which makes it nice and herby, nutty and tangy – very good sprinkled on anything you grill (particularly vegetables), tomato salads or even have a little bowl of it with a separate bowl of olive oil to use as a dip for flatbreads.
I had a trip to Memphis recently to try the real deal bbq pork and fried chicken and our kits (both the Memphis Barbeque Pork and the BBQ King blend) stood comparison really well. I’ll be starting a new blog about our spice travels soon so keep an eye out for that!