Here’s some of our favourite recipes to go with this heatwave. We spend plenty of time in tropical and steamy places, so we know how to keep things cool when the thermometer starts to rocket. There are even rumours right now of people in North Wales wearing shorts!
Focusing on cooling ingredients, especially things like cucumber and watermelon for example, will help keep you chilled. Also, hot drinks. Sip some tea like the desert bedouins do, they know it works! Although a nice long drink, with ice and all the trimmings is the perfect treat.
Try freezing fruits like watermelon, any melon actually, berries, mango, pineapple etc and simply blend them. Very refreshing, the healthiest slush puppy you’ll ever try!
Also, you can freeze fruit like gooseberries and pop them in a drink, fruit ice cubes. We also love juicing vegetables and fruits and pouring it into an ice cube tray, or even better, lollipop moulds. Just add sticks (cocktail sticks are fine for the ice cube tray) and you’ve got gorgeous, healthy coolers waiting for you in the freezer. Try freezing one layer of juice first, then adding another, and another, until you get a very cool rainbow effect. Looks amazing!
Here’s our top 10 summer cooler recipes:
Cooling Watermelon, Tofu & Mint Salad
This is the perfect salad for a sweltering day.
Gado Gado – Indonesian Seasonal Salad with Kickin’ Zesty Peanut Sauce
Use whatever mix of veggies you like here, its the dressing that’s the superstar!
Moxarella – Homemade Vegan Mozzarella
The perfect centre piece for a summer ploughmans or salad platter, of course, goes amazingly well with basil and ripe tomatoes.
Watermelon Gazpacho – Cooling, Raw
Very chilled, very simple. Plus, lots of vibrant colours and flavours.
Charred Fig & Rocket Salad with Lemon Tofu Feta
I love chargrilling or barbecuing figs at this time of year. Perfect!
Coconut Pad Thai Salad with Almond Dressing
A taste of Thailand. Light, but packed with nutrition, ideal at this time of year.
Summer Berry & Chocolate Cheesecake – Vegan, Gluten and Sugar-free
When eaten not long out of the freezer, these mini cheesecakes are cooling and so delicious.
Lebanese Halva Choc Ices – Tahini, Rose, Almonds & Figs (Sugar-free)
Our favourite choc ices, a must try and sugar free!
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Ice Cream (Sugar free)
This recipe comes all the way from India, Tamil Nadu, where it reaches nearly 50oC in the summer.
Mango & Coconut Lassi
Coconut + Mango can only = one thing. YUM!
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