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“Everything tastes better in the sunshine”


Herby gooseberry focaccia, p46

While I love the fresh spring days of May, it’s June I get most excited about. In the past few years it’s felt like peak summer, with the added bonus of the longest days of the year. Cue lots of socialising and eating outside. If I’m just at home, I’ll drag furniture and cushions into the garden – everything tastes so much better under a blanket of sunshine. Eating outside and barbecuing is great fun, but there’s something extra-special about an away-from-home picnic.

It takes a bit of planning, but that makes it feel like an event – there’s a real sense of occasion. It might seem daft, but when I was small I’d wait all year for picnics in the park and I dreamed of owning one of those Sixties-style picnic hampers with Bakelite containers inside. I bought a pistachio green one as soon as I had my first job and it felt like a rite of passage to adulthood.

There’s something endearing about the odds and sods that everyone brings: the family-size bags of crisps and packets of scotch eggs, an array of dips that look a little congealed after an hour or so in the sun, a pudding that’s nearly dissolved and the obligatory couscous salad. But with a little thought you can make food that’s convenient and tastes great. GEORGINA HAYDEN

Crispy noodle, watermelon and peanut salad

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June brings warm sun and a new issue of delicious. packed with even sunnier food. Enjoy fabulous recipes that add a new dimension to barbecue fare, the 5 best Italian sauces for summer, Georgina Hayden’s pack-and-go feast, Jason Atherton’s brilliant pizza recipe and three colourful, fruit-filled pavlovas. Something summery to drink? How about some wonderful homemade elderflower fizz. Plus, don’t miss our easy 5-ingredient midweek recipes that will give you more time to enjoy the light evenings and our special 16-page Collector’s Edition, a guide to eating outside. Hooray for a delicious. summer!