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Summer Dining A Collection of Recipes From Provence a Dinner Party Menu for Friends

Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with the summer solstice. It is not my favourite day of the year when I know that despite weeks (hopefully) of hot weather ahead, the harsh reality is that the amount of daylight will continue to get shorter from here until mid-December. However, it is best not to dwell on things beyond the universe of my control.

Celestial rhythms aside, what can be controlled is selecting what you are going to serve your good friends for dinner. For help with choosing our summer menu, we turned to Tasha Powell a talented lady (chef, food stylist, artist and friend) who lives in southern California, when she is not visiting the food markets and bike riding in the hills of Provence. The following dinner party menu, curated by Tasha, is influenced by the bright seasonal produce that you find in Provence (and elsewhere) in June through late summer.

Enjoy casual summer dining with this collection of recipes that celebrate the colours and flavours of the season.

Appetizer: Roasted Tomates Provençales (stuffed, roasted tomatoes)

Ripe tomatoes stuffed with zucchini and fresh herbs.

Roasted Tomatoes Provençale Stuffed Zucchini Herbs Summer Menu Tasha Powell

Starter Course: Zucchini and Basil Veloute  

According to Martine Bertin-Peterson at Goût et Voyage, this soup recipe is suitable for even the most novice of cooks. As there are only a few ingredients, small, sweet zucchini and fresh basil are key.

Zucchini Basil Veloute Soup Recipe

Main Course: Lemon Thyme Grilled Trout – Truites Grilles

Easy and delicious fish ready in a few minutes.

Whole Lemon Thyme Grilled Trout

Dessert: Candied Clementines Confit with Moroccan spices

The recipe takes several days to complete but is not complicated. The clementines (or another citrus fruit), once preserved in sugar and corn syrup, will last for months in storage.

Candied Clementines Clementines Confit Moroccan Spices

For our Pinterest Fans – Pin this menu for future dinner party inspiration:

Summer Dining Dinner Party Menu 2018

Image Credits: Tasha Powell & Martine Bertin-Peterson (Soup)

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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