“The colour of July is gold. Gold now are the barley fields which cover much of Norfolk. Gold in the sheltered eyes of hares, the clambering harvest mice…gold the corn marigold blooms at the field’s edge, where spared the spray, gold on the back of probing hoverflies.”

-Nick Acheson, Summer, ed Melissa Harrison

 

News upon news…none of it good. I travel throughout Europe and the British are universally viewed with a kind of unbelieving mix of pity and derision, as if we all, collectively, have against all odds achieved some kind of leming-proportions own goal.

If June is a month for smart picnics at races and operas, and August is the month of the seaside, July is a month for seeking solace from the external strife, in gardens; English country ones being still ideal…and if not in the garden, or the potager, then busying oneself in the kitchen, building with all the chopping and slicing a kind of protective canopy against the outside world.

Saucy Dressings aims to complete this post – four weeks’ menus and recipes, plus a few spare by the end of 2018. Every year an additional week’s menu, with the links to the individual recipes, is added.

For food in season in July, follow this link.

For music to listen to while cooking in July, follow this link.

 

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Week’s menu for July No 1

food for a week in July

In July we have tennis…

Saturday lunch:

OR

Sunday evening pasta:

OR

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening chicken:

OR

  • Roast chicken joints in the Turkish style

 

Thursday evening dinner party:

Thank God it’s Friday cocktail:

Friday evening fish:

 


Week’s menu for July No 2

painting paradise: the art of the garden

painting paradise: the art of the garden

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jewelled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”

-Ada Louise Huxtable

 

In July we have the tennis at Wimbledon, and the rowing at Henley. But really it’s a month for lazing around in the garden. Hopefully it will be hot so there will be even less inclination to spend time indoors slaving over a hot stove. And if you think your garden could do with a bit of improvement and you’re in London I highly recommend spending a quiet hour or so at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace visiting the Painting Paradise: the art of the garden exhibition. This gem of a display, small, perfectly formed, and not heaving with taller-than-you craning others presents examples of representations of gardens in drawings and paintings, and also tapestries, ceramics, jewellery, seed catalogues and much else. There are exquisite Indian miniatures and da Vinci drawings, whisper thin porcelain roses, and sparkling Fabergé flowers and trees. Highly recommended.

All of the recipes for this week in July can be made quickly, and a couple of them come from hot steamy sorts of places (the jambalaya comes from New Orleans) so they’re perfect for warm evenings.

Saturday lunch:

OR

  • herby ricotta and rocket roulades

FOLLOWED BY

OR

Sunday supper:

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening chicken:

OR

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

OR

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

Friday evening fish:

OR

  • Comfort food, reheatable, risotto-kedgeree hybrid

 


Week’s menu for July No 3

prawn and bacon recipe

Just back from Rio….

I’m just back from Rio (no, not the Olympics), so there are quite a few Brazilian-influenced dishes here. The temperatures here are broadly similar to there at the moment – these dishes are very appropriate for hot weather.

 

Saturday lunch:

OR

FOLLOWED BY

Sunday evening supper:

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

Thank God It’s Friday Drink:

OR

WITH

Friday evening fish:

OR

 


Week’s menu for July No 4

food for a week in July

July is a month to spend in the garden

Saturday lunch:

or

FOLLOWED BY

  • Jenny’s peanut butter cookies

Sunday supper:

  • small pasta salad

OR

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • duck with cherries and port

Thursday evening dinner party:

  • with drinks: tortilla Española
  • starter: spinach gratin
  • main course: creamy chicken and ham and red onion pie
  • and cauliflower...“if the cauliflower looks back at you with a vigourous air, buy it; if it looks in need of a good night’s sleep, leave it where it is”  Jane Grigson
  • pudding:   Lebanese chocolate and apricot tart

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

….. and to eat with it:

  • meat treats for carnivores

Friday evening seafood:

 


 

In this month of barbecues, listen to Robert Plant’s Carry Fire