Photography, Text & Recipes: © Anna Rubingh
Celebrate the beginning of summer. Outdoors, a nicely set table with fresh flowers from the garden and dishes made with all what's in season. As fresh as possible, picked from the garden or bought super fresh at a local farmer's market. Prepare your dishes in advance so there is loads of time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the moment.
A salad with colourful new beets, roasted in the oven and mixed with goat cheese and fresh pickled onion, topped with walnuts. A fresh garden salad with strawberries and edible flowers. And a quiche style tart with green asparagus and stem broccoli. And a new potato salad with broad beans and peas with fresh mint from the garden. For drinks there is homemade rhubarb lemonade. And for dessert a festive summer cake with berries. Let the summer begin!
Roasted Beetroot Salad with Goat Cheese, Pickled Onions & Walnuts
This is a beautiful simple salad, celebrating young, new beetroot. Roasted in the oven until soft, with a bite, their taste gets another dimension.
Mix with goat cheese, freshly pickled onions, and simple mustard dressing, topped with crunchy walnuts and some edible flowers. A perfect earthy, summer dish.
By the way, quick pickled onions also make a fantastic condiment, perfect also on a sandwich.
Quick Pickled Red Onion
This is a great condiment, fantastic in salads but also on sandwiches or a burger. And it makes a pretty jar on the table.
Nice to give as a homemade gift as well, instead of bringing flowers. If you properly sterilize the jar you can keep these onion rings for weeks in your fridge.
A Fresh Garden Salad with Strawberries & Edible Flowers
Strawberries work perfect with all sorts of sweet dishes, but also go surprisingly well in savoury dishes, like in a salad for example.
Decorate with a mix of edible flowers and you'll have summer on a plate.
A Quiche Style Tart with Asparagus & Stem Broccoli
This is a great tart to make in advance. And with asparagus being in season it's perfect for a summer feast,
or just on its own as a simple lunch or dinner with some fresh garden salad.
Stem broccoli goes very well with asparagus in this tart, but feel free to use any seasonal veg for this tart.
Scattered with edible flowers this tart looks festive and summery.
New Potato, Broad Bean & Garden Pea Salad
A salad that celebrates the best of the early summer veg garden. Broad beans and garden peas are just ready to harvest and as fresh as you can eat.
As are the first of the new potatoes. They all combine wonderfully well in this salad with mint, mustard, and lemon. Just perfect!
This dish goes also very well served warm with grilled lambchops.
Rhubarb Lemonade (and a festive cake with summer fruit)
Rhubarb cordial is easy to make and a great way to preserve the fresh taste of early summer rhubarb for the rest of the year.
As there are different varieties of rhubarb the colour may vary from red to pink and with some varieties the cordial has a less bright colour.
Mixed with water, as you drink it, the colour can vary from pinkish to a kind of colourless drink.
It tastes fresh, like summer and is great served with a fresh strawberry in it.
A Summer Cake with Berries
A perfect summer cake, sponge filled with creamy cheese & fluffy cream, fresh jam and richly topped with all the fruit that's in season.
A cake that doesn't only look festive but also taste fantastic. A perfect way to end a midsummer dinner party.