December 04, 2011

Seasonal Recipe Guide - Summer

Here's the seasonal recipe guide for summer, as promised! Most of you are probably thinking of Christmas by now and summer is the last thing on your mind, but here in Australia we are somehow combining the two. Truth be told, I still haven't really learned how to manage that, but I've been told it'll get easier with time. 

My favourite thing about summer is, of course, the abundance of fresh produce. I love visiting the farmers markets and picking up a huge basket full of fresh veggies, then coming home and unloading them on my kitchen bench and thinking of all the possible ways to use them up. 

Past summers I've been gorging myself with summer fruit like mangoes, cherries, nectarines and berries, but this summer I'll be concentrating on veggies instead. My juicer has been churning almost daily lately and I've been making fresh vegetable juices of all imaginable combinations - celery, cucumber and ginger has been my favourite so far, but I've also been adding in some spinach, fresh herbs, whatever greens I've happened to have at hand. My new Vitamix has proven to be the best purchase yet, and even my fiance is now enjoying a glass of almond milk daily! Rhubarb and almond milk shakes have been my favourite. I add a healthy touch of cinnamon in the mix and it's just perfect. 

Here are just a few of my favourite recipes from past summer. I am looking forward to spending this summer in our new home, inspired by the new scenery, new kitchen and of course the fresh produce.


Light vegetarian meals and salads

Spelt linguine and zucchini with walnut pesto

Pea and avocado soup with watercress and snow pea sprouts

Paradise pear and kamut couscous salad

Rye and wheat with beets, carrots and goat cheese

Grilled peaches and haloumi salad

Cherry salad with feta and macadamias

Spelt couscous salad with grilled eggplant

Thyme, pine nuts and feta muffins 

Fig and goat cheese tart

Desserts and other treats

Blackberry pancake tart

The ultimate Scandi pancake cake

Summer dessert

Cranberry frozen yoghurt with crisp rye and cocoa granola

Rhubarb and strawberry frozen yoghurt

Strawberry-cocoa soy smoothie


  1. I love the summery feel of this post! Too bad it's cold and wintry here in Utah!

  2. This must be my favourite post of yours so far :) ! Summer almost explodes as one scrolls down, with promises of fabulous green recipes and the glorious photo of spring flowers at the end! Thank you and I do hope you will be very happy in your new home!

  3. here in singapore it's summer all year, so i've never really known christmas any other way. hope you'll grow to love summery australian christmases (:

    new commenter here, but have been an avid follower for a long time. thank you for your amazing recipes, especially those sugar-frees!

  4. Wonderful pictures and delicious food <3

  5. Haha with the weekend weather being cold, I'll be looking for some of your soups. Hopefully its hot again though, all these summer dishes look fab!

  6. Wow what a gorgeous mix of summer recipes. You have such a talent Maria.

  7. If I close my eyes I can actually SMELL the gorgeous early Summer in Australia. How I used to love this time of the year.. the salty skin, the first mangoes, the explosion of colours in the garden.. A vivid memory now, treasured close to my heart.
    Christmas.. yes, it is hard. Especially for you who is from the polar extreme. Literally!
    It took me the full 12 years to learn to muster up some version of Christmas.. I think it took me having the kids before I managed, but then it was easy! You will get the hang of it - especially after you move into your new house!

    Darling, your recipes are lovely. That walnut pesto sounds yum!
    I think I too need a Vitamix. You are the second person in the span of a couple of weeks that rave about them. I think it is a sign.. Santa are you listening?!?

    Your post is up. I hope you approve. I loved having you and hope you enjoyed the writing.

    x Charlotta
    Space for Inspiration

  8. Love the photos!

  9. So many stunning recipes there and a few I've already bookmarked in the past but haven't had the chance to try yet. BUT I WILL!!! Love that last pic by the way, did you style that? Beautiful!

  10. Great recipe roundup! every thing looks so green, refreshing and summery!

  11. So many recipes to choose from! I need to bookmark this so when we have summer we can browse around to make something from here! I love the table setting!


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