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Summer

Dill Pickles

Dill pickles are what many of use will know of as gherkins, those crunchy sliced rounds so good in sandwiches..! Unlike those you can buy in shops, which are preserved in super astringent vinegar (and often much sugar), these have a naturally complex tang. This intriguing and palatable tang is the lactic acid bacteria that builds up during the process of fermentation.

Fermented Salsa

Now I agree a fresh tomato salsa is absolutely delicious! Summer perfection! So why bother to ferment one..? I’ve made this ferment twice. The first occasion was late last summer, when buckets of firm green tomatoes at the market were being sold for next-to-nothing as it was too late in the season from them to ripen fully.

Easy Rhubarb Compote

Seeing maincrop rhubarb at the farmer’s market for the first time each year is a very exciting moment! It arrives late in spring, and lasts until mid-summer. It’s flavour is more intense than that of forced rhubarb, which I love, and it’s more robust all round; I like the fact that it’s the less pretty one too.

Dukka

Dukka is miraculous. There’s nothing it doesn’t take to the next level of deliciousness… I love it on eggs cooked any way, and on simple sautéed greens with a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. I find it so versatile, don’t be too selective as to what you sprinkle this on…

Spicy Fermented Beetroot

Fermented beetroot is great – it’s delicious, nutritionally brilliant, and super convenient - the concept of Food with Time recipes in a nutshell! You have the crunch and sweetness of raw beetroot and yet it’s much easier to digest… you have the tang of pickled beetroot although it’s much less astringent and alive with probiotic goodness…

Beetroot Kvass Hummus

I love using the beetroot ferment liquor, or Kvass, here, yes for the probiotic goodness it contains, but crucially for the complexity of flavour it adds to the hummus. It has a wonderful savoury tang, not as astringent as a pickling liquor, but certainly with bite, so while the hummus is sweet, earthy and familiar, its flavour is also very unique and intriguing.

Two Favourite Dressings

These two dressing are so simple they almost don’t warrant a recipe; having said that they are absolutely delicious and I'm pleased I jotted the ingredients down as I went. They're perfect for dousing and dolloping on top of any roasted summer vegetables, or salad.