Recipes and menus for July

“The colour of July is gold. Gold now are the barley fields which cover much of Norfolk. Gold in the sheltered eyes of hares, the clambering harvest mice…gold the corn marigold blooms at the field’s edge, where spared the spray, gold on the back of probing hoverflies.”

Nick Acheson, Summer, ed Melissa Harrison

News upon news…none of it good. I travel throughout Europe and the British are universally viewed with a kind of unbelieving mix of pity and derision, as if we all, collectively, have against all odds achieved some kind of leming-proportions own goal.

If June is a month for smart picnics at races and operas, and August is the month of the seaside, July is a month for seeking solace from the external strife, in gardens; English country ones being still ideal…and if not in the garden, or the potager, then busying oneself in the kitchen, building with all the chopping and slicing a kind of protective canopy against the outside world.

Saucy Dressings aims to complete this post – four weeks’ menus and recipes, plus a few spare by the end of 2018. Every year an additional week’s menu, with the links to the individual recipes, is added.

For food in season in July, follow this link.

For music to listen to while cooking in July, follow this link.

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Week’s menu for July: number 1

food for a week in July
In July we have tennis…

Saturday lunch:

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OR

FOLLOWED BY

Sunday evening pasta:

AND

OR

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening chicken:

OR

WITH

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

Thank God it’s Friday cocktail:

and to nibble with it

Friday evening fish:


Week’s menu for July: number 2

painting paradise: the art of the garden
painting paradise: the art of the garden

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jewelled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”

Ada Louise Huxtable

In July we have the tennis at Wimbledon, and the rowing at Henley. But really it’s a month for lazing around in the garden. Hopefully it will be hot so there will be even less inclination to spend time indoors slaving over a hot stove. And if you think your garden could do with a bit of improvement and you’re in London I highly recommend spending a quiet hour or so at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace visiting the Painting Paradise: the art of the garden exhibition. This gem of a display, small, perfectly formed, and not heaving with taller-than-you craning others presents examples of representations of gardens in drawings and paintings, and also tapestries, ceramics, jewellery, seed catalogues and much else. There are exquisite Indian miniatures and da Vinci drawings, whisper thin porcelain roses, and sparkling Fabergé flowers and trees. Highly recommended.

All of the recipes for this week in July can be made quickly, and a couple of them come from hot steamy sorts of places (the jambalaya comes from New Orleans) so they’re perfect for warm evenings.

 

Saturday lunch:

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OR

FOLLOWED BY

OR

Sunday supper:

OR

  • Shakshuka – hearty north African breakfast, brunch, lunch… or supper – the everything meal

Monday evening meat:

OR

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening chicken:

OR

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

OR

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

and to nibble with it

Friday evening fish:

OR


Week’s menu for July: number 3

prawn and bacon recipe
Just back from Rio….

I’m just back from Rio (no, not the Olympics), so there are quite a few Brazilian-influenced dishes here. The temperatures here are broadly similar to there at the moment – these dishes are very appropriate for hot weather.

Saturday lunch:

OR

OR

FOLLOWED BY

Sunday evening supper:

WITH

OR

  • meatballs with fennel and small pasta in a tomato sauce

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

OR

FOLLOWED BY

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

Thank God It’s Friday Drink:

OR

WITH

Friday evening fish:

OR


Week’s menu for July: number 4

food for a week in July
July is a month to spend in the garden

Saturday lunch:

or

or

FOLLOWED BY

  • Jenny’s peanut butter cookies

Sunday supper:

OR

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • duck with cherries and port

OR

  • slightly more exotic za’atar chicken with cinnamon and orange and with a yoghurt sauce

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

….. and to eat with it:

  • meat treats for carnivores

Friday evening seafood:

OR


In this month of barbecues, listen to Robert Plant’s Carry Fire.

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