Hi and welcome back.
I hope you enjoyed Thursday blog post where I shared another in my How to Make: series; the gluten free Strawberry and Cream Tarts. As I am writing this, I am enjoy yet another one of those bite sized treats. I just can’t seem to get enough of them. I love summer, and now the weather finally feels like the season, I thought it was time to share my Summer Essentials for this year. I hope you enjoy. Let me know in the comments below what your Summer Essentials are. C. -x-
There is nothing that sceams summer to me more than the humble picnic. I love getting out and about in the summer and enjoying my favourite treats away from home. I am obsessed with the Schar gluten free baguettes with chicken and avocado or even the traditional egg and cress. It always feel so much more of a treat if you enjoy food in the middle of a forest of at the beach. If you want other gluten free options for picnic food, you can check out my blog post My Picnic Essentials for more inspiration. There are also added bonuses of bringing your own food; number 1 you have food you can eat and 2 you know it isn’t cross-contaminated.
2. Meeting up with friends and family
I love meeting up with friends and family at any time of the year but find there is no better way to spend an afternoon then in the garden catching up. Last weekend, we celebrated a family meet up in Cambridge and spent a very lazy Saturday evening in a beer garden with a refreshing drink and tasty nibbles. A blog post is coming at the end of the month on Eating Out at this pub, so stay tuned for more amazing gluten free food finds.
3. Visit Somewhere new
This is something I am trying to include more in my Summer bucket list this year. It doesn’t have to be abroad, and if the prices of holidays is out of your budget like me this year, why not visit places close to you? There are so many places you can go to without spending a fortune. Why not visit the National History Museum in London or even your local park? Taking a picnic of your favourite food will make the experience feel like a holiday. Or why not visit friends and family and have a sleepover in the garden?
4. Visiting National Trust Sites
Being a member of the National Trust has given me the opportunity to indulge in one of my favourite past time; exploring old stately houses and gardens. I love getting lost at National Trust sites and imaging what life would have been like for the families and staff who used to live there. Last weekend we visited Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill which is just beautfiul – particularly in the summer time. The house I could have happily spent days just wandering around and it was a fight for my family to get me to leave the library (#bookworm through and through). However, the gardens just took my breath away. So many beautiful flowers – though my favourite will always be the roses. If you are looking for food, my blog post Eating Out: National Trust is good place to look for gluten free options that you can enjoy at any time of the year.
5. Creating new twists on favourite recipes
Now it might just be me but June- August can become almost as expensive as Christmas for me; so many members of my family and friends have birthdays over the summer so each weekend we are celebrating a birthday. The traditional Victoria Sponge and Chocolate Cake can get a bit repetitive if you are eating a slice every weekend (not that you can ever have too much cake!) I decided to create a twist to my classic Banana Bread recipe for a friend’s 30th birthday recently by decorating it with peanut butter icing and she loved it. I simply mixed 150g peanut butter with 50g icing sugar and added a teaspoon milk for a smoother consistency. It turned out to be a great treat for everyone and became a talking point at the party. If you feel like you are stuck in a rut with birthday cakes, why not try a twist to a classic recipe?
6. Enjoy a treat
If you are like me with birthdays over the summer (see last point) it can be difficult to find money in the budge for a treat. However, I find it a great way to truly enjoy yourself this summer. Personally, I am trying to live in a more sustainable way so have just treated myself to some beesewax wraps for my lunches. It might not sound like much, and it didn’t cost me a fortune, but it is something that makes me smile every morning when I am making my lunch. Now, I am not saying you need to spend a fortune this summer, but even a small treat that puts a smile on your face will make the season go by in a much more relaxed way.
And there you have it; my Summer Essentials for 2019. If you have any summer essentials, please let me know in the comments below. Speak to you next Thursday.