During the hot summer months, I like to travel with my husband, to go to the swimming pool, and to enjoy the outdoors. Therefore, I cook easy and fast recipes, but still delicious ones. Sandwiches, cold puddings, and cold pasta salads are only few of my favorites!
I baked homemade pecan bread, sliced it, and topped it with homemade mayonnaise, tomato slices, prosciutto di Parma, 79424 arugula, 4-minutes poached egg, and Hass avocado slices. A little bit of fleur de sal and freshly ground black pepper and voila! The best summer sandwish :)
|The 4-minutes poached egg sandwich with prosciutto and avocado|
|The egg is so soft, it is almost like a sauce for the crunchy pecan bread|
I baked homemade granola with regular oats, dried cranberries, apricots, dried plums, pecans, and almonds. The blend is mixed with a little bit of butter and wild honey. It is the perfect quick breakfast or afternoon snack. I serve it with shredded coconut and cold milk. But you can try it with Greek yogurt or on top of ice-cream. DELISH!
|Apricots, Plums, and Cranberries Homemade Granola|
|Almond and Pecan Fruit Granola topped with coconut|
For the hot weather, there is nothing better that grilled caponata, served with kalamata olives and honey-Dijon white balsamic dressing. The ingredients list is short: eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, and red bell peppers. But the flavors are big!
|Eggplant, pepper, and summer squash grilled caponata|
For dessert, a cold rice pudding with cinnamon! I fisrt boil the rice and then add some milk, sugar, and eggs to make it thick and rich. Sometimes I drizzle some honey on top for extra sweetness. Believe me, it is SOOO refreshing, smooth, and silky :)
|Rice pudding with cinnamon|
I like to bake savory muffins. For instance, my parmesan muffin is so buttery and salty, that it is great with soups and salad. I often prepare cold Greek salad with pepperoncini, because the cucumber is so refreshing and the fresh oregano reminds me of all delicious summer garden fresh herbs!
|Pepperoncini greek salad with Parmesan muffin|
|Parmesan muffin with fresh oregano|
For a make-ahead dinner, I filled chicken breast with sun-dried tomatoes, feta, and fresh thyme. Then, I placed them in aluminium foil packets. Later, I cooked some shallot-jasmine rice and baked the chicken. To serve it, I placed some homemade mayonnaise on the plate, topped it with the aromatic rice, the soft chicken and its accumulated juices. Some basil on top and you have a summer elegant dinner.
|Sun-dried tomatoes and feta stuffed chicken with jasmine rice|
My secret is that I also make ahead everything. I bake a big batch of brioche rolls. Once they are out of the oven, I brush them with some extra butter for a nice rich flavor and pretty look. Thus, these are the best buttery, packed with eggs dinner rolls. Then, I freeze them and summer lunch or dinner is always 1 step away!
|Brushed with some butter, brioche rolls are shiny and pretty|
There is so many ways to serve pasta, but during the summer, the most convenient way is to mix a cold pasta salad. Take some leftover grilled vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, green bell pepper, etc.), add whole wheat penne (which is really good for you), grilled chicken, feta cheese, balsamic-olive oil vinaigrette, and fresh herbs. To complete the lunch, I serve a hot brioche roll and enjoy the beautiful colors and unique flavors!