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Caro de Waal sucks the juice out of summer for you!

01 Dec 2011

It’s here!

I am waking up to bright, sunny mornings, donning slip-slops and my happy watermelon skirt and life feels crazy end-of-the-year busy, but there’s also it’s-almost-time-for-holiday excitement.

I am such a huge summer fan; it kind of makes everything alright… maybe it’s all the sunshine and the smoky scent of braais wafting around the neighbourhood on the weekends?

I am revving up my cool twisty ice maker and plan on long, cool iced teas and buckets of white wine in the up-coming festive month.

After a long day on the beach, when the babes are snuggling, sun-kissed  in their beds, I shall clutch my dew-dropped large fish bowl of a glass and swan around in a bright kaftan.  Heaven.

What to eat?

It’s all about fresh, light and healthier food. A new beginning, a clean-out. That’s one of the fantastic things I find about summer food, there’s no fuss. There’s so much that just goes straight onto your plate with a wash and a slice.

Try to keep things simple but interesting. My advice is to have a couple of funky additions to your meal that take it from lovely, to wow. Like caramelised nuts on top of a salad or a spectacular sauce with a perfectly grilled steak, it keeps entertaining easy but makes things extra special.

Transform a simple fillet of fish with a zesty salsa. Beautiful jewelled pomegranates are now in season and they are stunning sprinkled over salads and will metamorphosise the presentation of a roast lamb or sliced fillet.

Prepare desserts in advance and use lots of seasonal fruit. Pile up a gorgeous pavlova or fill a huge glass bowl with strawberries and yoghurt with nuts and honey

- Caro de Waal


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