This past winter my husband and I were walking around New York and stumbled into a Dutch restaurant for breakfast. We both love cured fish and pickled things, so we thought the place was genius. Along with breakfast on a cold day, it ends up Dutch food is equally good for dinner on a hot one. Our Guide to Dutch Food keeps her kitchen and guests cool in the summer with these suggestions:
Start with bread and this delicious Pistachio Dip or if you can't even face a bit of blitzing in the food processor, simply serve a Smoked Fish Platter. Gazpacho is, of course, the classic warm weather soup, and this easy no-cook version of the Chilled Tomato Soup may be just what you need to pep you up. Many salads are substantial enough to stand in for a main. This tangy Smoked Mackerel Salad packs plenty of punch and tastes yummy, too. Buy a packet of cooked beets to turn this vegetarian-friendly Roast Beet Salad with Chevre into a no-cook main option. For dessert, blend vanilla ice cream, strawberries and creamy liqueur in a food processor to create this naughty but very nice Amarula Sunset Cocktail . Think of it as a milkshake for grown-ups. Or, go the healthy route with our Raspberry Hangop or Summer Berry Soup . Alternatively, serve a savory dessert. This Dutch Cheese Plate is always a popular choice.