My summertime eats tend to be dramatically different from my wintertime fare.
Gone are the days of rich hearty soups and creamy pastas. They’ve politely stepped aside, or maybe they dropped a shoulder and threw an unexpected elbow to make room for a bounty of salads, a mountain of diced veggies, a big bowl of fruit, and a simple snack platter. The idea of firing up the oven or spending hours laboring over the stove just isn’t appealing right now. Instead, I’m craving all things light and preferably refreshing. Hello Sangria.
It’s easy to tailor our eats to the weather when it’s just the Hubby and I. Giant green salads for dinner, not to be confused with the jolly green giant, although in this house that legume will likely make an appearance at one point or another. Carrots, bell peppers and piles of hummus for lunch: sounds perfect. Smoothies for first breakfast: sign me up. It’s much harder to eat this way though when you have company in town, the kind who might want to ingest full meals, especially after a day of water sports and rigorous tennis playing, and by rigorous I mean we brought Starbucks to the court. So what’s a girl to do?
Wait, are you looking to me for an answer? That’s probably a bad idea, although I am going to share what I fed the Hubby and my house guests on Sunday, especially because one of them told me WIAW’s are her favorite posts so I thought it might be nice to choose a day she actually got to experience. See it, live it, love it or something to that effect.
Here we go:
Sunday breakfast turned into Sunday lunch because it took me a long time to make it. I was moving rather slowly and to be honest, recipe testing requires work and measurements and then writing down said measurements. I’m telling ya, that last step is fairly important, especially if you want to remember what you did. In any event, I fed them my first draft of a Lightened Up Stuffed French Toast with fresh Strawberry Puree. It’s possible I need to work on my drizzling skills.
We skipped a traditional lunch because I didn’t make one, and instead snacked on some Castel olives, which melt in your mouth like butter; not that I would know what melted butter tastes like (cough, cough). We also split a dragon fruit, some Roasted Candied Almonds, and iced coffee from Starbucks before hitting the tennis courts.
Dinner was a picnic plate full of food, which involved a green salad with blueberries, banana chips and blue cheese, alongside some brown rice, veggie stir fry, Savory Butternut Squash Muffins and a Sweet Potato Chickpea Burger with a Creamy Cilantro Sauce. I might have eaten two of the muffins, and by ‘might have,” I mean I definitely did.
While dinner was absolutely delicious, the food wasn’t the best part. Instead, it was the view and of course the company, but that goes without saying.
Dessert was a bowl of vanilla ice cream, topped with fresh figs which we roasted in the oven with butter, honey and cinnamon. It was the perfect ending to a lovely day.
What do your summertime eats look like? Is it the same as when you have company?