July July July. It means something different to all of us, be it mid-summer, mid-winter, your birthday (Happy birthday Luca xxx), a time for celebrations or commemorations, or the dreaded DRY JULY. For those who aren’t familiar with this term, this is the month you can opt in to opt out of drinking alcohol. A time when you can measure your daily tipple by how much you save in your bank balance at the end of each week. For those who enjoy a pre-dinner drink to get them in the mood to cook dinner, or to those who enjoy a snifter around the fire, it can be a cheerless month. Read how I managed, for 3 days at least. Yep, if you haven’t heard about it, I’m pleased to introduce you to SEEDLIP. I’m hooked and desperately worried about what I will do when the bottle runs dry. SEEDLIP
A couple of times every winter I get a yearning to tuck into roasted pork with a crunchy cap of crackling. I’ve cooked a piece of pork belly on aromatics in cider jus. Pretty tasty. Pork Belly with Cider
If you are unsure how to achieve great crackling, read up here All you need to know about roast pork and crackling.
In case you have leftover roast pork, whip up a batch of simple vegetable pickles, grab some super fabulous L’Authentique pâté or the best pâté in your hood, slather it on crunchy bread and fill with pork and pickles. Perhaps wait until Dry July is over, ‘cause you need a drink with this one! Bahn Mi
Split Pea Soup with Bacon Hock is a tummy-filler, toe-warmer and all-round satisfier. Here’s my version, with a few sneaky tips to keep it nice and green. Recipe here
Finally, it’s 4th July, so I had to include my fave burger. You’ll find links in the recipe taking you through to Oven-baked Smoked Paprika Fries, Tomato Ancho Salsa and Roasted Tomatoes. All good tucker to help celebrate with friends. Best Burger
Right, I’m outa here! Keep toastie, or slap on the sunscreen if you are far (very far) north.