10 British Summer Foods We Can’t Live Without

In a typically British fashion, we all know that everyone is getting super excited for the summer. Here at URBAN eat HQ we’ve all started dreaming of times to come including lounging in the sun and watching Wimbledon whilst enjoying a sarnie of course.

Bearing that in mind, we have decided to share the foods that are the most quintessential to the British summer lifestyle – who knows, it may just encourage the sun to come out and show us a little smile.

  1. Asparagus

Think what you may, but you can do so much with this delicious vegetable. Ideas range from a warming soup if it’s a bit milder to an unbelievably tasty frittata that is healthy and full of goodness. Tickled your fancy? Follow this recipe.(link with: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/asparagus-new-potato-frittata).

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  1. Rhubarb

Best matched with a dessert, this mistaken vegetable that’s prepared like a fruit goes perfectly with in a crumble or cake. Personally, I actually can’t decide whether I love a cake or crumble more so I’ve suggested two recipes for you to take a stab at. Be sure to tweet what you prefer, we need help deciding what is best! For a good crumble, follow this recipe (link with: http://www.waitrose.com/home/recipes/recipe_directory/r/rhubarb_crumble.html) and
for a good cake, follow this rhubarb and custard cake recipe! (link with: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10500/rhubarb-and-custard-cake).

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  1. Broccoli

Most famously thought of in a soup or as a side for your roast, why not try this healthy veg in salmon & broccoli bake? Go on, you know you want to! Find the recipe here (link with: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/broccoliandsalmonbak_77132)

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  1. Strawberries

Probably one of the best foods to look forward to this time of year, with so much fun around them too. Either grow these from home or take a trip to your local strawberry picking fields for the best tasting strawberries possible. What can you do with them? Pop them in a smoothie, add them to breakfast or make a dessert with them, the choice is yours. Although we recommend making your own strawberries & cream cheesecake jars for the best summer feelings out there. Follow this recipe to make your own: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipe/strawberries-cream-cheesecake-jars

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  1. Watercress

Watercress works well in a number of dishes including soup but here at URBAN eat, we will always have a special place in our hearts for
this vegetable in our egg mayonnaise sandwiches. It compliments it so well, so we recommend purchasing your very own Double Egg Mayonnaise & Cress Legends Sandwich (link with: https://www.urbaneat.co.uk/our-ranges/legends/sandwiches/double-egg-mayonnaise-and-cress-sandwich/) to truly enjoy this summer treat.66. Elderflower

Early June is the best time for collecting Elderflowers for something fun. Usual recipes for this flower include cordials, ciders & wines. But why not try something slightly different and add this special flavour to a cake or jam? We’ve found a perfect cake recipe (link with: http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/37039/elderflower-polenta-cake.aspx?o_is=LV) for you, so please let us know how it went.

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  1. Gooseberry

This berry is one that is slightly more unusual, but none the less, it is essential to experience the flavour explosion that happens in your mouth when adding this fruit to a dessert. Its most famous appearance is usually in a gooseberry fool, where lashings of yoghurt and cream just make it the perfect summer time dessert, or snack… we won’t judge! Curious? Check out the recipe here: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2303642/gooseberry-fool

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  1. New Potatoes

These are essential to any summer time British BBQ! Boiled & mixed with mayonnaise and some onion and you’ll have a happy crowd on your hands. We couldn’t ever imagine a BBQ without a good potato salad, could you? Jamie has a fab recipe that adds a little garlic to your potatoes for an extra flavour hit too. Interested? See the recipe here: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/new-potato-salad-with-garlic-mayonnaise-and-cress/#1JCgzQ8e8vfU2haa.97

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  1. Peas

Little green bundles of joy that help to add health to any dish you pop them in. Lovely with fish and chips on the beach, but they are also a little more versatile than you may think. For a recipe idea, try them in a tart with some broad beans and some bacon and it makes a super tasty picnic treat that’s fit for any occasion, mmm. For the recipe, follow this link: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/sites/default/files/styles/recipe/public/recipe_images/recipe-image-legacy-id–1010452_11.jpg?itok=fELZnmj4

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  1. Blueberries

Commonly known as one of the superfoods, the blueberry makes a great addition to a variety of dishes. You can sprinkle them on your
breakfast, have them as a healthy snack or include them into a vibrantly coloured dessert, too. On a side note, it is National Blueberry Cheesecake day on the 26th May each year so be sure to watch out for a lovely, interns baking creation soon! For the recipe they will be trying, follow this link: http://www.maryberry.co.uk/files/recipes/2013/02/01/28_inlineImage.jpg

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We hope this inspired you to experiment with some British foods this summer, so be sure to tweet or facebook us with any creations you make 🙂