The timeless Caesar salad
The clincher of this light and tasty salad lies in its sauce—gently mix a touch of garlic, two anchovy fillets and a few capers with light cream and a touch of vinegar, and set it aside for your dressing. Pick some nice, crisp leaves of lettuce and toss in some pieces of chicken breasts sautéed in a hint of oil or butter, sprinkle with grilled croutons and parmesan shavings and season to taste.
Tip: For a vegetarian lunch, replace the chicken with tofu!
Classic tomato-mozzarella salad
Simplicity often guarantees the best flavours for a lunch on a terrace... The success of a nice tomato-mozzarella salad lies in the choice of quality products. Sun-drenched seasonal fruit, some tasty mozzarella, fresh basil and premium olive oil, that's all you need! Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella in thin slices, add salt and pepper, sprinkle with whole basil leaves and season with olive oil—this is what bliss is all about!
Tip: for an original presentation, cut the tomato into slices without cutting all the way through and intersperse the mozzarella and basil.
Andalusian gazpacho to bring down the temperature. Olé!
Night-time and the heat is still intense—you decide to eat on the terrace to cool off a little... A nice gazpacho is THE ideal dish for these heat-wave moments. Peel and seed some choice tomatoes, half a cucumber, a slice of sweet pepper, a clove of garlic, and blend to a fine consistency. Add two slices of bread, blend again with a generous drizzling of olive oil, store for 1 hour in the fridge, and enjoy!
Tip: Enhance your gazpacho by offering small food bites to go with it—diced vegetables, croutons, prosciutto... Just use what you have in the fridge!
Ceviche: a touch of Peru
This great classic of South American cuisine is a passion dish, best enjoyed while comfortably settled on a beautiful shaded terrace... Place some raw fish cubes (a filet of whiting per person) and some shrimp to marinate in freshly-squeezed lime juice. Meanwhile, slice a handful of cherry tomatoes, a spring onion stalk, a piece of red onion and half a bell pepper. Mix together, add chopped cilantro and hot peppers. Serve with boiled sweet potatoes and roasted corn kernels.
Tip: Use the marinade and mix it with fish stock and unsweetened condensed milk. Season with coriander and hot pepper and serve ice cold in a cocktail glass. This "leche de tigre" is a popular drink in Peru, where it is often favoured the day after some demanding partying!
Easy and clever—wild-berry ice cream without the ice-cream maker
Think summer and ice cream immediately comes to mind! You're probably thinking that to make ice cream at home you need special equipment... think again! This is an ice cream recipe that is as delicious as it is simple to prepare. Start with frozen berries. Whether you picked them yourself last year or bought them at a shop, your mix of blackcurrants, raspberries, blackberries and redcurrants will find a second life in a succulent frozen dessert to eat on the spot. Just 3 small steps to make the magic happen: blend your frozen fruit with cream, add a pinch of icing sugar and some lemon zest, pour the mixture into a glass, and enjoy!