Inspired by summer days, these über-fashionable cakes are made with fresh strawberries and cream. As they are self-contained, they are great for eating alongside craft projects that require clean fingers on a girls’ night in. Now its autumn, we think they’d work very well with blackberries too.
We think this jerk chicken recipe from chef John Torode will conjure the carnival spirit at your party. To get a more authentic jerk experience, add some wood chips to your barbecue and cook your chicken over slow indirect heat for the best flavour. Serve with traditional rice and peas, or coleslaw dressed with yogurt, lemon and mustard.
Hot, sunny days mean cooling down with ice-creams and lollies, but they needn’t always be for the kids; here’s a grown-ups-only recipe from chef Marcello Tully. Serve this Brazilian cocktail sorbet in small scoops – it’s very strong – to cool palates after lunch or dinner. Garnish with a few young mint leaves.
With its beautiful Mediterranean flavours, Gazpacho is a firm summer favourite. Try chef Marcello Tully’s adult twist on the Spanish soup for cooling party canapes or palate cleansers. Freezing water in the base of the glass is a great party prep tip that we’ll be using regularly in future.
Here’s another barbecue recipe to try this summer at your Great British BBQ. From chef Josh Eggleton, these sticky ribs will make a great snack at a gathering. Most of the cooking is done in the kitchen before the party starts; finish the glazed ribs off over the hot coals, adding a tasty caramelised coating.
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