Recipes: Donal Skehan with simple summer savers
Make the most of the longer days with Donal Skehan's speedy seasonal dishes
Summer eating should be simple and tasty, with fresh ingredients and zingy flavours. With the longer days, my aim is to spend less time in the kitchen on long complicated dishes, and choose instead recipes that are easy to throw together.
I love using up veggies, and the brown-rice salad, with its quick and tasty dressing, makes for a cheap and cheerful option when it comes to entertaining. I've also included a few other dressings that can easily be made up ahead and stored in jars in the fridge.
People can be a little nervous about making risotto, but it is one of those dishes that just takes a little attention before you are rewarded with one of the most delicious, creamy rice dishes you have ever tasted. If you can master the basic method of making a risotto, you can adapt it with lots of different flavours. Roasted squash and crispy pancetta is one of my favourite pairings.
After a beautifully rich main course, it's nice to serve a deliciously zingy dessert, and my mini lemon meringue pies tick all the boxes. Making these little beauts individually means you save time when it comes to portioning up. You can make them ahead of time.
The lemon curd made in this recipe can also be saved and stored in a sealed jar in the fridge. Enjoy these recipes as a tasty supper with friends.