Sizzling Summer Delights: Exploring Outdoor Eating in the UK
- 4 minute read
- Jul 3rd, 2023
As summer embraces the lush green of our gardens and parks beckon us to explore the great outdoors. The warm breeze, longer days, and vibrant sunshine provide the perfect backdrop for indulging in the joys of summer cooking. From outdoor kitchens and picnics to traditional barbecues, let’s embark on a culinary adventure that celebrates the flavours of the season.
Indoor / Outdoor :
What better way to enjoy the summer than by taking your culinary skills outside. Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular in the UK, providing a fantastic opportunity to cook and entertain in the open air. Imagine preparing a feast in your garden with a dedicated cooking space equipped with grills, worktops, sinks, and even pizza ovens. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply enjoying a family meal, connecting the indoor with the outside adds a new level to your summer cooking experience.
Nothing captures the essence of a British summer quite like a cheeky picnic in the countryside. Pack a basket filled with crusty bread, artisan cheeses, fresh fruits, and a chilled bottle of sparkling elderflower or lemonade (or even the perfect summer Rose). Whether you’re in a city park, by the river, or on a sandy beach, bringing a picnic is a sure sign of summer.
When it comes to summer cooking, barbecues are the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Experience the sizzle and smoky aromas of barbecues that have always been a popular choice in the UK. Transform basic burgers, chicken breasts and sausages by exploring the world of flavours by experimenting with various marinades, rubs, and glazes. And let’s not forget the side dishes—grilled vegetables, corn on the cob, and tangy coleslaws and pickles such as kimchi add a fresh and vibrant touch to any barbecue spread. With the right combination of delicious food, good company, and a sunny day, you’re onto a winner with a BBQ.
Summer is a season of abundance, with a wide variety of fresh produce flourishing across the UK. Celebrate the vibrant flavours of the season by incorporating locally grown fruits and vegetables into your summer cooking adventures. Visit farmers’ markets or ‘pick-your-own’ farms to gather an array of juicy berries, fragrant herbs, and crisp salad greens. From succulent strawberries and ripe tomatoes to fragrant basil and tangy rhubarb, the possibilities are endless. Supporting local farmers not only ensures the freshest ingredients but also contributes to a sustainable and eco-friendly approach to cooking.
Sweet Summer Treats:
No summer cooking journey is complete without a touch of sweetness. As the temperature rises, indulge in delightful desserts that provide a refreshing respite from the heat. From luscious ice creams and sorbets to fruit tarts and pavlovas adorned with summer berries, there’s a treat to suit every palate. Try your hand at homemade popsicles using a medley of fresh fruit juices, or whip up a classic Eton mess with meringue, whipped cream, and juicy strawberries. And to cool down quickly with a sweet treat, frozen juicy orange segments or frozen grapes offers a simple and refreshing treat. Let your creativity soar as you create desserts that capture the essence of the season.
Summer in the UK is a time of culinary exploration, where outdoor cooking, picnics, and barbecues take centre stage. With the abundance of fresh produce and picturesque landscapes, there’s no better time to embrace the joys of alfresco dining. So, fire up the grill, pack your picnic basket, and embark on a gastronomic adventure that celebrates the flavours of summer. From the sizzling delights of outdoor cooking to the simple pleasures of a picnic blanket, let your taste buds dance with the vibrant and delicious offerings of the season. Happy summer cooking!
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