A glass of rosé, dewy with condensation. The low sun keeping the evening chill at bay. Perfume from the jasmine wafting over the terrace. Ah, June. It’s all very Evelyn Waugh, isn’t it?
On this sort of an evening it seems a shame to come inside to eat. Far nicer, don’t you think, to continue nursing that glass of rosé and nibble at a few bits and bobs whilst watching the sun set over the veg patch? And if those nibbles can be a celebration of that oh so picturesque kitchen garden, then so much the better.
(Clearly, I’m making it sound more lavish than it is. I’ve a patio not a terrace. My jasmine isn’t quite flowering yet. And it’s more raised bed than kitchen garden that I can see from said patio, but I suppose Waugh would approve),
So, here is my summer sharing platter of seasonal goodies. Perfect for pre-dinner nibbles. Or something to pick at whilst playing croquet if you’re going full Waugh. I’m serving it as part of my Mid-Summer Feast menu, the recipes for which will appear on the blog over the next couple of weeks and which goes something like this:
Roast asparagus wrapped in prosciutto
Feta, chervil and rhubarb toast
Raw spinach pesto with dipping radishes
Herby chicken meatballs with broad beans and peas
Fig leaf panna cotta