Summer in Full Swing!

David and I have fully been enjoying our second summer here in the UK. The first year was full of unexpected things. Now, with a garden to sit in and feeling more comfortable with our environment we are up for trying British Summer things. elderflower
One of the British Summer things is Elderflower. Elderflower is the floral sprigs that grow on Elder trees. It is used as a flavoring for a variety of jams and desserts. It has a floral citrusy smell and taste. David has had a desire to make something with elderflower. So, together we made some elderflower cordial. elderflowercordial
We used Violet Femme’s link to create our syrup. I only used lemons and we were able to get two liters of deliciousness. We plan on attempting elderflower champagne. I will let you know how that goes.

Anyway. While talking to my parents they were telling us about a night out with “Couples”, a group of friends that they have had since high school/college. They try to get together every month. They went to a fancy pizza place and my dad was telling me about his pizza. Prosciutto, figs, blue cheese, arugula.

So, our meal was inspired by my dad’s pizza. I decided on my ingredients: Prosciutto, nectarines, mozzarella, arugula, red onion.
Grilled Nectarines and Red Onion Bruschetta

1 good quality baguette, sliced
2 nectarines, cut in half, pit removed (spoon is the safest way)
1 medium red onion, 1/2 inch slices
olive oil
balsamic vinegar

1. Heat grill or broiler. Sprinkle nectarines and red onion slices with olive oil.
2. Cook nectarines and red onion on grill or broiler until a nice even char is developed. Flip and repeat cooking until chard.
3. Rough chop nectarines and onion. Mix together in a bowl with black pepper.
4. Toast bread under broiler or on grill. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

I like to serve bruschetta in a bowl with the toast on the side. No one likes soggy bread.
Arugula, Prosciutto, Mozzarella Salad
Arugula, Prosciutto, Mozzarella Salad

arugula (rocket-UK name), 2 handfuls
2 thin slices of prosciutto
fresh mozzarella, sliced
red onion, grilled
balsamic vinegar
olive oil

1. I grilled our prosciutto with the nectarines and red onions. I wanted something crispy on the salad. This only takes 3 minutes tops. Watch the prosciutto carefully.
2. Pile arugula, prosciutto, mozzarella, red onions. Drizzle the oil and vinegar.

This was delicious! Give it a try. Yum. It was a great summer day dinner.


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