… or, if you live in the northern hemisphere, the longest day! Whichever one is coming your way, it’s an excuse for a delicious feast, and with that in mind, I set about putting together a pack of menus that most likely you will save for the weekend when you have a bit more time to faff around in the kitchen, but feel free to kick up on 21st June if it suits you better.
The winter solstice occurs every year when the sun reaches its lowest point in the sky at midday, creating the shortest day, and the summer solstice occurs in the opposite hemisphere when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, creating the longest day.
Short day, long night or long day, short night … either get the fire cracking, soften the light with candles and cook some mood food, or crank up the barbecue and enjoy an outdoor feast. I’m up for either, but as it’s winter in my neck of the woods, that involves staying warm and eating more than usual to keep the chills away (that’s my excuse for bunting up anyway).
I’ve also included Coconut Chicken Curry, a recipe I did last week on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio NZ, because it is simply scrumptious. You could serve it in either season, with dal, sambals, rice or nann bread. To go through to the recipes you can scroll below to see pics of the featured 6 recipes (and press on them to go through to the recipe in the usual way) or press on the recipe titles in the menus below.
Here, then, some menus:
A Homely Gathering
Pea Soup & Spicy Sprinkle
Fish Pie with Chorizo, Winter Salad
Rhubarb, Apple & Ginger CrumbleOR go for a fancy-schmancy feast
Dinner for 4
Olives and bits and bobs
Ricotta-stuffed Chicken Breasts with Verjuice, Warm Carrot Salad with Mustard
Vinaigrette, Crunchy Spuds, Broccoli (serve your usual way)
Brown Sugar Meringue with Chocolate Cream
Happy Solstice feasting!