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WIAW – Summer Staples!

August 8, 2012
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Happy WIAW!

I hope that everyone is having a lovely week, filled with inspiring & delicious food! As this month’s theme is Summer Staples I have tried to pick some of my favourite summery meals & snacks, to bring a little sunshine to this somewhat dreary summer which we are having.


Includes coffee (of course!) and a bowl of vanilla soya yogurt, with fresh, chopped cherries and a handful of Dorset Cereals’ Low Fat Tasty Flakes. Perfect start to the day!


This is probably my favourite kind of lunch to have – a bit of everything in the fridge! We’ve got some roasted vegetable cous-cous, gherkins, salad leaves, rice salad, pitta bread & houmous, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and artichokes. Delish!

You can’t beat a mixture of fresh, zingy salads for summer – I would eat this kind of meal for lunch and dinner everyday if I could! I love the combination of flavours and textures, and pitta bread & houmous will always have a place in my heart ♥


I’m still completely addicted to roasted chickpeas!

(I didn’t have two lunches, there is just a cheeky peek of another lunch next to my beloved chickpeas…!)


In terms of summery dinners, I always think of risotto of being a summer dish – even though it is stodgy and thick and filling! I think with the right veggies it can sing with spring. Trout made this brilliant vegetable risotto, and I served it with a fresh salad and some home-made garlic bread.

This is another summery dinner that I had this week – a simple salad of leaves, chopped pepper, artichoke, gherkin and radish, with balsamic vinegar and roasted chickpeas scattered on top. And a chunk of bread smothered with houmous on the side. The salad has pieces of basil stirred through, making it the perfect summer meal.

We’ve been loving these sushi balls from M&S lately – in 4 different flavours, and at a very affordable price (£1.69?) they are a great addition to lunch or something fun to snack on in the afternoon!

Finally, here’s a photograph of curly-wurly-cat ♥

I hope that everyone has had a lovely week so far! You can almost smell the weekend, and I hope we can have some sunshine. I would like to squeeze in some time on the beach, and walking around the Laines in the sunshine holding hands.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2012 8:27 am

    The lunch conglomeration looks amazing. I do love when a meal looks like you had a whole buffet to chose from and pita bread is always a perfect fit.

    And I am so jealous of the sushi snack pack. Thats something I enjoyed on a daily basis in my semester in Shanghai and I do miss it like crazy here.

    • August 8, 2012 11:42 pm

      Can you not get any sushi near you, or just not the sushi balls? To be honest I’ve never seen them here before, it’s just at M&S!

      • August 9, 2012 6:45 am

        I can get sushi at a restaurant, but not the take away kind, which you can enjoy as lunchpack (or even for breakfast – am I weird? ).

      • August 9, 2012 12:57 pm

        Haha, breakfast! I guess it’s not too strange, but I’m a total sweet-breakfast girl!

      • August 9, 2012 1:15 pm

        me too, except for sushi ;)

  2. August 8, 2012 8:43 am

    Those rice balls look great! I haven’t had a risotto in way too long, I used to make a lovely spring one with quinoa instead of rice, I need to get on it an make another me thinks!

    • August 8, 2012 11:41 pm

      I made one once with orzo pasta, but it wasn’t as nice as good old risotto rice. I love it!

  3. August 8, 2012 10:08 am

    Everything you ate looks awesome, I can’t pick just one thing to say is the best!

    Except your kitty. Kitties are always the best.

  4. August 8, 2012 11:52 am

    I love the look of your lunches! Sort of a antipasto mix plate. So good!!
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

  5. August 8, 2012 7:59 pm

    I love your eats! Those sushi balls look amazing!

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