When the sun is blazing, there is nothing worse than having to go into a kitchen and turn on the oven.

Oven and stoves are designed to get hot. Really hot.  And in the warm summer weather, it’s not exactly pleasant to turn on the hob and feel the rising, artificial warmth, or open the oven door only to be blasted with a wall of heat.

As well as creating an uncomfortable room, ovens are consumers of huge amounts of energy,  necessary when we want a hot meal.

And alas, we all must eat and often, and if you want a good, hearty meal, cooking it from scratch is the best way forward.

However, with these simple and easy, no-cook recipes, you save energy and stay cool at the same time!

Panzanella

This is basically bread and tomato with lots of other veg, and it is amazing. This is a no cook recipe that Pete and the kids just love, because it is simple yet tasty. Take some bread and chopped tomoatoes, as well as olive oil and any herbs or seasoning you want, and toss them all together.  Leave this mixture for an hour or two, to let the flavour really permeate and mix, and then add whatever you want! This can be peppers, cheese, onions, cucumbers, chives or balsamic vinegar, to name but a few.  This allows you full creative licence to go wild with flavour and see what concoctions you can come up with!

Avocado Soup

Don’t be fooled by the soup in the title, this is a chilled soup that will have your friends and family raving about your cooking (or not cooking!) skills. All this takes is some avocados, vegetable stock and yogurt, alongside any other flavours you may want to inject into it, and some good mashing skills.  Like the panzanella, this one allows you to go wild with flavour if you so desire.

Cool Tortillas.

Everyone loves a bit of Mexican food! So why not enjoy some in the summer heat!  Instead of slaving over a hot stove to cook taco meat, simply chop your favourite veg (or pre-cooked meat if you have it to hand) and liberally fill a tortilla!  It’s as simple as that.  You can toss your chosen veg with olive oil, balsamic vinegar or an arrangement of spices to give it a bit more kick, and combined with the tortillas, this is a no-cook meal that feels like it’s summertime!