“The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.”

-Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 

 

Saucy Dressings aims to complete this post – four weeks’ menus and recipes, plus a few spare by the end of 2020. Every year an additional week’s menu, with the links to the individual recipes, is added.

For food in season in June, follow this link.

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

In June we have midsummer night’s eve; and midsummer’s day – the summer solstice.

We have the Trooping of the Colour and World Ocean Day.

We have Royal Ascot and the Henley Regatta.

We have the summer open air opera season in full swing – Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Park… the lot.

June is also the month for picnics.

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elderflower martini recipe

The elegant elderflower martini

 


Week’s menu for June No 1

recipes and menus for june

Albert Moore’s Midsummer

“It was the beginning of June; summer was arising out of spring, like an aloe from a field of grass.”

― Gabriele D’Annunzio, The Book of the Virgins

Saturday lunch:

OR

  • have it all crab, avocado and asparagus salad

AND

  • buttermilk cookies from Tennessee

Sunday evening pasta:

Monday evening meat:

OR

Tuesday evening:

  • night out or leftovers!

Wednesday evening poultry:

Thursday dinner party:

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

WITH

Friday evening fish:

 


Week’s menu for June No 2

 

food for a week in june

 

 

“Thursday, November 21, 1799: A great Revolution once more in France, that rascal Beunoparte [sic] is returned from Egypt having stolen away from the Army and left ’em to Old Nick”

-Paupers and Pig Killers: The Diary of William Holland

 

This June contains two historical anniversaries – Magna Carta and Waterloo. So with regard to that first event, we’ll have a commemorative cake with intriguing orange and run butter icing to celebrate the birth of our democracy.

After Waterloo the British soldiers plundered the French champagne cellars and there were fears that the businesses were ruined. But it so transpired that, in the course of the drinking frenzy, the British had acquired a taste for the fizz and the champagne houses avoided bankruptcy thanks to large and plentiful orders from London clubs. Now Britons drink on average more champagne than the French.

So we’ll be looking at cocktails which use champagne.

And last month I was lucky enough to be taken for tea to the Intercontinental where they had a menu composed of food from the countries where Wellington fought Napoleon – excellent idea. So there’ll be recipes from Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Egypt.

Saturday lunch:

OR

AND

Sunday supper:

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

night out or leftovers!

Wednesday evening poultry:

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

Thank God it’s Friday drink:

Friday evening fish:

…. and a very appropriate cheese:


Week’s menu for June No 3

food for June

On the third Sunday of June it’s Fathers’ Day.

“The sixth month is also moving, with white evening-glory blooming over the walls of poor dwellings, and the smoke from smouldering smudge fires.”

-Kenkō, A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees (written circa 1330)

 

Saturday lunch:

OR

FOLLOWED BY

  • mixed berries, rose water, and pistachio

Sunday supper:

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

night out or leftovers!

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • chicken with apple
  • Eve’s chickedee carrots and nasturtiums

Thursday evening dinner party:

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

….. and to eat with it:

  • tuna and mascarpone dip

Friday evening fish:

 


Week’s menu for June No 4

recipes and menus for may

Saturday lunch:

OR

  • warm salad of smoked trout, asparagus and beluga lentils

OR

  • big beefy pesto cheese tomatoes

AND

Sunday lunch:

Sunday supper:

  • cheat’s moussaka

Monday evening meat:

  • bankers’ kidneys

Tuesday evening:

night out, or leftovers!

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • chicken tikka masala with
  • jeera rice

Thursday evening dinner party:

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

….. and to eat with it:

 

Friday evening fish:

AND