Versatile: Quinoa with summer beans

Quinoa with summer beans

Serves 4-6

Sunny and share: Mark Hix creates four light, crowd-pleasing dishes

There are some big old manly meals on other pages of our summer food special, so I thought I would avoid the barbecue and go a bit light and mezze-like.

Eat shoots and leaves: Mark Hix gets creative with fresh peas, mangetouts and sugar snaps

English peas and their offsprings, such as mangetouts and sugar snaps, and of course pea shoots and tendrils, are great tossed into a salad. I plant a member of the pea family most years – and end up using more of the shoots and leaves than the actual vegetable itself.

Serve pea and ham fritters as snacks with drinks, or as a starter

Pea and ham fritters

Serves 4-6

Sugar snap curry makes a lovely spring or summer vegetable accompaniment, starter or part of a cold buffet

Sugar snap curry

Serves 4

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Scrambled eggs with a kick

Serves 2

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Raw vegetables with goat's curd

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Queenies with radishes and ponzu

Serves 4

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Not everything requires hours of slaving over a hot stove, says our resident man in the kitchen – some dishes are best served cold.

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