How I love a busy kitchen in the summer, all the wonderful variety of fresh vegetables available, and the tasty meals you can make from them!
Here are some simple Italian summertime must-eats:
chopped bell peppers slow cooked with oil, garlic, sage and tomatoes.
served in a wrap with goat cheese, marjoram, olives and drizzled with olive oil, these are my favorite lunch.
chopped mixed vegetables blanched in white wine vinegar infused with herbs, and then preserved in olive oil (refrigerated it keeps for a couple of weeks) - giardiniera is the main ingredient of rice salad, a classic Italian summer dish, which I make with barley and farro instead of rice.
(I searched online for recipes to link you to, but I couldn't find any in English that were even remotely like the original Italian recipes. However, these are so easy to make that no recipe is needed. But if you'd like one, please let me know!)