June’s Family Foodies Al Fresco Round-Up

July 16, 2014


My apologies on how late my round up is this month, but it’s been a very busy few weeks at Eat Your Veg. And there were a crazy delicious number of barbecue, picnic and al fresco entries linked up. A whooping twenty nine to be exact, highly indicative of the lovely weather we’ve all generally been enjoying over the last few weeks. Could it really be the start of one long, hot scorcher of a summer? Well I’m keeping everything crossed.

To kick off this month’s event Home Cooked Food was hot off the mark with a trio of entries, her delicious looking Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake, Rajasthani Style Potato & Onion Curry and Soya, Chickpea and Spinach Curry.

Home Cooked Food entries

Utterly Scrummy linked up her utterly gorgeous Lavender & Strawberry Cake, surely a sight to cheer up even the gloomiest wet summer’s day!

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We Don’t Eat Anything With A Face served Greek Style Tortilla/Taco Salad with Halloumi, such a fun way to eat salad, and something I’m so going to try on my terrible twosome!


Jinhooi tempted us with a new-to-me Lebanese breakfast dish Fattehmade up of toasted Lebanese bread and chickpeas covered in a tangy yogurt sauce.


Camilla from Fab Food 4 All opted for barbecue with her Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers with Bacon & Pineapple. Flavoured with turtle beans, jalapeno peppers, smoked paprika, Cheddar, lime and garlic they certainly get my vote!

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We had a Savoury Summer Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Tart from The Gluten Free Alchemist, made naturally with gluten free (almond) pastry and a delectable ‘red’ filling of roasted Ramiro peppers, San Marzano tomatoes and topped off with a nice bit of chunky fruity Wensleydale. Oh my.

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Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker certainly lived up to her name with a trio of post-barbie or picnic sweet treats! Firstly her rather yummy sounding Daim Cookies, shortly followed by some seasonally fruity ‘best ever’ Flourless Chocolate & Raspberry Brownies and childhood favourite, her Mum’s Cornflake Chocolate Chip Bites. All I need now is an enormous vat of tea!

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Raspberry Cranachan Ice Cream, Laura from How To Cook Good Food’s take on a raspberry ripple, has some rather clever sounding oat and pecan clusters running through, not to mention delicious!


Spices Galore went camping for the first time and Grilled Indian Style Corn on the camp fire, recreating food memories of the street food dish from her childhood. Delicious indeed rubbed with salt, cayenne, lime and chaat masala.


Kellie from Food to Glow wowed us with her centerpiece layered Rose & Summer Berries ‘Skinnifreddo’, in her words “a frozen Turkish delight”, giving all those mass-produced-packed-full-of-nasties frozen puds an exceedingly good run for their money. Simply stunning.


Family Friends Food gave us a delicious looking Mushroom, Pesto & Asparagus Tart, the perfect sun-downer nibble I’d say. Oh I do love pesto on a pizza base (in truth make that pesto on pretty much).


Three barbecue-tastic recipes from Tales from the Kitchen Shed. First up an Easy Bean Burger made with kidney beans, onion and peppers and flavoured with a little chilli and lots of homegrown herbs, good enough to please even the most ardent of meat eaters. Followed by Slow Cooker Jacket Spuds, a fab low maintenance side and finally her Mozzarella Melt Beef Burgers. Yummy Scrummy.

Tales from the Kitchen Shed CollageNext up an entry from yours truly with my side dish of New Potatoes with a Homemade Lettuce Pesto Dressing. Good for barbies or picnics. Or pies or quiches of course!


Karen from Lavender and Lovage served us a very pretty ‘Arabian Nights’ Tabbouleh Salad fit for a nurse. Complete with chicken, Feta and marigold petals, how very lovely.


Vohn of Vohn’s Vittles also fed the nurses with her Vietnamese-Style Summer Rollsdelicately fragrant, nutritious and importantly portable.


Jac from Tinned Tomatoes gave us cake. In the form of a rather delicious sounding Lime Scented Victoria Sponge Cake with Lime Curd. Double lime. What’s not to love.

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A Warm Roast Vegetable Salad with Feta and Sumac looked really rather tasty from Searching for Spice and pretty similar to something I regularly make myself for dinner only minus the inspired Sumac addition.


Elizabeth from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary made the most of a short break in her Shetland weather and made a sweet, sour and spicy Five Minute BBQ Sauce. Sounds a terrific ingred’s list to me.


Some rather delicious looking Vegan Jamaican Patties Pies came from Shaheen at Allotment 2 Kitchen. Perfect for a beach jaunt or picnic and packed full to the brim with colourful, fragrant veggies.


My Little Italian Kitchen linked her Italian Frittata with Vegetables, the perfectly portable picnic-perfect nibble. Oh I do love a veggie frittata.


My co-host Vanesther from Bangers and Mash barbecued Chicken Satay and served with a Peanut Sauce and Coconut Rice. With her Malaysian heritage this seems a deliciously authentic recipe to me, packed full of punchy flavour to contrast beautifully with her creamy dreamy  coconut rice. And what better child-friendly tipple to drink with her satay than a seasonal glass of Elderflower Cordial.

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And last but most certainly not least Katie from Feeding Boys and a Firefighter fed her boys exceptionally well with these rather tasty looking zingy Lime, Mint & Chilli Chicken Kebabs. Served with a yogurt dressing, wraps and salad. With a jug of Mojito on the side to slurp them down with for the grown ups I’d say these are the perfect Saturday night summer fodder.


And now to pick a winner for our Family Foodies Winner’s Hall of FameOrdinarily we choose someone to guest judge a winner for us, but being that I’m sillily late this month I’ve decided on yours truly to do the judging for a change. And having given it considered thought, and even more drooling, I decided on Camilla’s heavenly looking Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers as this month’s winner. Most aptly fitting the family-friendly ‘Al Fresco’ theme, high on the appeal and taste stakes and nice to see much underrated turkey shine on the barbie for a change. So well done Camilla, I shall be adding you to our winners gallery shortly.

July’s Family Foodies’ event’s now well under way, and if you haven’t already do bob over to Bangers and Mash to see what fun Vanesther has in store for you!.

Thanks so much to everyone who took part in June, see you next month,

Louisa x

16 thoughts on “June’s Family Foodies Al Fresco Round-Up

  1. Mandy

    What a lovely round up of delicious sounding recipes. I think my personal favourite is that lavender and strawberry cake – I’m drooling at the thought of it! Loads of lovely inspiration here for summer eating.

  2. Elizabeth

    What a lovely selection of al fresco recipes! I know I’ve certainly been cooking outdoors more but that’s because we’ve been camping! 🙂


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