A selection of dishes to remember, inspire and incentivise from the past few weeks of Instagram interestingness: From nods to nostalgia to more future facing fare, and appropriately for this month, plenty of refreshing, summer plates.
Burrata with, bull’s heart tomato and apricot vinegar at Peg, London.
Prosciutto, cantaloupe melon and mozzarella.
Vegan skordalia, made with wood-fired Fioretto cauliflower and charred leeks at Mildreds Restaurant.
Hake alla Palermitana, with capers and ricotta salata. This popular Sicilian dish is usually made with swordfish, but here is made with British hake.
Pea, lettuce & mint soup – good either warm or cold. With added cooling mint for the warm weather.
Cold cucumber, yoghurt and potato soup – based on an old Ottolenghi family recipe.
Black bean and chipotle soup with a salty sweet garnish of feta and watermelon.
Smoked pig cheek and pickled watermelon.
Sardine Menu – the monthly Grande Bouffe diner
A plateful of gilda @qualitywinesfarringdon. This salty and spicy snack is made with pickled pepper, salted anchovy and olives and is probably the most common pixtos to be found in San Sebastian. It’s said to be named after the Rita Hayworth movie Gilda – as the fact that it is a little bit green, a little bit picante and a little bit salty was seen to have slightly sexual connotations and Rita Hayworth as Gilda was the sex symbol of the day.
Watermelon salad with fresh tomatoes, ricotta salata, chilli and fresh mint.
Avocado toast made with avocado squash – a variety of squash that has a buttery flesh very similar to that of an actual avocado.
Summer breakfast bowls at Caravan, London:
Apple and pear overnight oats, almond milk, stem ginger, strawberries & toasted almonds.
Sweet and juicy French blood nectarine – bloody delicious in fact. At £0.95 each, expensive, but worth the price.
Rich pickings from the 24 hour honour system farm box from Mickey Murch at Bolinas, California which includes tiny Nantes carrots, deep purple and green little gems, and an amazing variety of herbs such as dill, flowering coriander and little basil.
Arepas stuffed with feta, mozzarella, coriander and cascabel butter. These South American cornmeal pancakes are a great flavour vehicle for all manner of toppings.
Chickpea pancake, peas, lemon, crispy capers and Grimbister butter.
Pickled baby beets tostada with goats cheese, toasted almonds and jalapeños.
Cooling Hamachi tartare at Mission Chinese, Manhattan.
Poke-Don is launching at Bone Daddies – it’s a hybrid between a traditional donburi and the ever-popular poke.
Chongqing ‘small noodles’ with minced pork, chickpeas and spicy and numbing Sichuanese seasonings @liu_xiaomian, the resident Chinese street food pop-up at The Jakealope and soon to also be found doing the food at The Holborn Whippet as well.
Silky-slippery handmade Xi’an biang biang noodles with slow-cooked pork and scrambled eggs and tomatoes at Master Wei, Bloomsbury.
Beef cheek rending croquette.
Pizza rustica aka Italian homestyle cheese and ham pie.
Featherblade and hand cut truffle and Parmesan chips.
Charred red onions, braised in chicken stock.
Japanese cotton sponge cake.