“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

grilled nectarines filled with a nut and shortbread biscuit mix

grilled nectarines filled with a nut and shortbread biscuit mix

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.

raspberry vinegar recipe

how to make raspberry vinegar

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 No 1

 

eton mess

eton mess, invented by a labrador…

Saturday lunch:

 

Sunday evening pasta:

 

Monday evening meat:

 

Tuesday evening:

  • night out!

 

Wednesday evening chicken:

 

chicken, raspberry and asparagus salad

good use for the last of the asparagus

Thursday evening dinner party:

 

Thank God it’s Friday cocktail:

Friday evening fish:

 

 


Week’s menu for July No 2

 

plate in the Royal collection

From the garden exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery

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.

 

pepper and corn recipe

yellow peppers stuffed with golden corn

Saturday lunch:

 

Sunday supper:

 

Monday evening meat:

 

gorgonzola millefeuille recipe

gorgeous gorgonzola millefeuille

Tuesday evening:

  • night out!

 

Wednesday evening chicken:

 

Thursday evening dinner party:

 

trout with mayonnaise recipe

trout with mayonnaise and braised, translucent vegetables

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

 

Friday evening fish:

 


 

Week’s menu for July No 3

 

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.

 

sweet cheese and apple cake recipe

sweet cheese and apple cake recipe

Saturday lunch:

 

Sunday evening supper:

 

tagliatelle with crab and coconut cream recipe

tagliatelle with fish and coconut cream

Monday evening meat:

 

Tuesday evening:

Night out!

 

Wednesday evening poultry:

 

brie, almond and hibiscus canape recipe

brie, almond and hibiscus canape recipe

Thursday evening dinner party:

 

Thank God It’s Friday Drink:

 

Friday evening fish:

 


 

Week’s menu for July No 4

 

recipe for lettuce soup

recipe for lettuce soup

Saturday lunch:

 

Sunday supper:

  • small pasta salad

 

Monday evening meat:

  • pork with prunes

 

all about langoustes

For heaven’s sake, buy them BIG!

Tuesday evening:

  • night out!

 

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • duck with cherries and port

 

Thursday evening dinner party:

  • with drinks: tortilla Española
  • starter: spinach gratin
  • main course: creamy chicken and ham and red onion pie
  • and cauliflower...“if the cauliflower looks back at you with a vigourous air, buy it; if it looks in need of a good night’s sleep, leave it where it is”  Jane Grigson
  • pudding:   Lebanese chocolate and apricot tart

 

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

  • Hugo spritz

….. and to eat with it:

  • meat treats for carnivores

 

Friday evening seafood:

 

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