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3 Summer Ingredients To Serve Up In Your Kitchen

July 13, 2017 Food 0

Looking to serve up tasty summer dishes to tingle your taste buds? There are some ingredients when you taste, smell or even just look at that scream summertime. And with only a few designated months out of the year that we get to enjoy the warm weather, it’s time to go all out and embrace every aspect of the season. So whether it’s a family backyard party or just yourself, make sure you add these 3 summer ingredients to serve up in your kitchen this season.



Summertime is all about the BBQ. When you walk through your neighbourhood and get that sweet, smoky scent wafting from someone’s backyard, it automatically gets you pumped for the epic warm weather and juicy BBQ action that you get to enjoy. So there’s no better ingredient to have than an epic BBQ sauce on hand. Instead of using store bought, you can make your own. It’s easy and takes little time.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1/3 cup of molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 4 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of salt

Here’s what to do:

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, being careful not to burn them. Reduce the heat to low. Add the ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, chipotle peppers, vinegar (or less to taste), Worcestershire sauce and salt and stir. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Taste after simmering and add whatever ingredient it needs (more spice, more sugar, etc.).

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Fresh Melon

Watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe are fresh, ripe and perfect for hydrating and enjoying those sweet flavours throughout the summer. You can mix them all up or use your favourite one to create melon balls to store in the freezer or just in the fridge to munch on and keep cool. You can even add them to your favourite cocktail!

Here’s what to do:

Take any ripe melon, clean it and cut out the seeds. Then use a melon baller to scoop out balls. You can get creative here and even dunk them in your favourite beverage for some added flavour, or just place them on parchment paper or even an ice cube tray to freeze or refrigerate for later.



When you’re looking to satisfy your sweet cravings, there’s no better ingredient to grab than berries. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are all in season during the summer months. You can add them to your yogurt, throw them into some homemade ice-cream, drizzled with custard or even make a summer berry crumble like the recipe below.

Here’s how to make the crumble:


  • 100g plain flour
  • 50g rolled oats
  • 100g butter cut into cubes
  • 50g golden caster sugar

For Filling:

  • 400g strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 500g mixed berries of your choice
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of cornflour
  • ice cream or custard to serve

What to do:

Heat oven to 200C. Put the flour, oats, butter and sugar in a bowl, squash together with your fingers into a crumble texture, sprinkle over a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes, stirring and roughly breaking up halfway through cooking. This can be done up to 2 days ahead, and stored in an airtight container.

Meanwhile, put the berries, sugar and cornflour in a large pan. Stir together and set over a medium heat. Cook until the berries just start to release their juices and soften. Transfer to an ovenproof baking dish.

When the crumble topping is cooked, sprinkle it over the fruit, and place back in the oven for a further 15 minutes until bubbling and golden. Leave for 5 minutes before serving with ice cream or custard.

See original recipe. 

Serve up some summertime sweetness with these 3 key ingredients that will pair perfectly with all that sunshine.

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