I think we can all agree that England is currently roasting like a Christmas turkey basted in oil! Temperatures are reaching record highs this week and much of the country seems to have ground to a halt. As a country that isn’t designed for extreme heat, it is important to get creative with ways to keep your cool. Considering most houses in the UK do not have air conditioning, switching the oven on in this heat is not a desirable activity so we are sharing some of our favourite heat-free cooking ideas to help you keep your cool.
Starter: Caprese Salad
This salad is a classic that takes minimal ingredients, no cooking and is full of refreshing flavours. Pick out some beautiful, ripe tomatoes and serve them up with fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a cooling dish.
Main: Asian Noodle Salad
Pick up a packet of ready to go noodles and then accessorise with your favourite veggies. Use a spiraliser for easy shredding and add ribbons of carrots, courgette, red cabbage and red pepper. Bring some flavour with a simple dressing of soy sauce, ginger, honey, lime and rice vinegar and garnish with some coriander, edamame and chopped nuts.
Dessert: Homemade Ice Lollies
Making a batch of ice lollies is a fun activity to do with your kids or friends and they are a great way to cool off. Pick up an ice lolly mould and then let your imagination get carried away with the flavour combos. Use water, coconut water or yoghurt as the base and then add fresh fruit, vegetables or even a bit of alcohol for the adults! Some of our favourite combinations are: strawberry and yoghurt, pineapple and coconut water, berry smoothie and lime mojito.
Snack: Protein Balls
These are another dish that you really can get creative with the flavours. Most have a base of dates or honey and oats but beyond that just add what you fancy and roll in to balls! Try: peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, chocolate and coconut, pistachio, carrot cake or vanilla.