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The Dark and Stormy - this is what I drink on muggy Manhattan days when I seriously wonder how people ever survived before the invention of air conditioning.
Eat watermelon while the sun shines. Particularly a watermelon and campari sorbet. The campari gives the sorbet a deeper sour citrus note, and if it’s possible, makes it an even prettier pink.
Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic doesn’t taste nearly as garlic-y as you would imagine. It’s more a sweet deep flavor, rather than pungent garlic.
Vodka, orange bitter, orange and ginger ale - the deliciously lethal mix behind the Headless Horseman
Strawberry pineapple snow cones for the hot summer weather.
Red snapper en papilotte with fennel, chick peas and white wine. It sounds complicated but it couldn't be easier.
What could be better than a cool lime margarita on a summer evening?
This is a very sophisticated adult version of ice magic, though the fun of the drizzle and set, the great pleasure of cracking the topping with a teaspoon, remains intact.
Too hot to cook, I find myself wanting to eat mezze style – picking at salads and pita bread, a bowl of hummus, a few chunks of salty feta cheese drizzled with a little olive oil.
Lillet, champagne and orange to garnish - a little bit of Paris wherever you are.
Olympic Onion Rings - could there be a better snack to share at an Olympic viewing party? I mean, seriously?
When strawberries are at their Farmers’ Market best this is a great cocktail that really takes advantage of their wonderful summery flavor.
These pickled strawberries keep for about a week in the fridge. If you want to keep them for longer, sterilize the jar properly and seal.
A famers’ market summer special – roasted tomato pasta, which soothes, inspires, and makes believers of us all.
This is a Hollywood fantasy of a cocktail – it’s almost too deep vivid red to be real, too set-decorated with lime and mint to be true, and yet, happily, it is.
The farm stand on the way back to New York was groaning with peaches, and these muffins seemed like the perfect way to recreate a sunny holiday memory in the bustle of the city.
Here’s what the gourmet farm shops of the world would probably prefer to keep secret: making peach vinegar is really easy.
Lillet grapefruit gin cooler - a more refreshing, summery cocktail you couldn’t hope to find.
This is a showstopper of a dessert, and it’s easy to make – bit of a win win really.
Gin elderflower and tonic jelly - my new obsession
The proportions are what’s important for lemonade. For every cup of lemon juice you want 3 cups of water / soda water, and ¼ to ½ cup sugar syrup to taste.
In the spirit of French romance, I'm making this summery goat cheese peach tart.
Frozen watermelon lemonade - the perfect antidote to the summer heat.
Salmon lemon and zucchini, grilled on a skewer with a fresh homemade pesto - the perfect summer bite.
The submarine cocktail - and a tale of an illegally parked submarine on a Dubai beach.
It’s best to make this homemade crackerjack on a day with fairly low humidity or the caramel will stay sticky on the corn.
This trifle serves 6 – 8 people, and is easily doubled for a crowd. It can be made in glasses if you prefer individual portions – though that’s less dramatic than a glorious billowing bowl.
This recipe is adapted from Le Petit Cafe’s pear clafouti recipe. It’s a little cakier than some other recipes which is why I love it.
These are a little gourmet – the kind of ice pops you can serve to your friends on a hot day at the end of a BBQ and feel very cool about yourself.
The salty dog - a perfect cocktail for an evening by the water.
Linguine with lemon and créme fraiche for an easy summer dinner.
A chocolate swirl is cooking for its own sake. Pure frivolity and adornment. Or the purest form of art. Discuss. Preferably in French.
Gin chicken - this is so easy to make, it’s almost not a recipe at all. The gin gives the meat a lovely herbal hit, and makes for a fragrant pan sauce.
Rhubarb vodka takes some patience, but it’s absolutely worth it in August, when you’re drinking rhubarb vodka tonics with ice on a hot sunny day.