Cool foods for summer
SUMMER'S here — and it's hot. Over the past few weeks we've enjoyed scorching summer sunshine, but high temperatures can have their drawbacks. The excessive heat can cause irritability, sleeping problems and – in extreme cases – exhaustion. So make sure you keep your body cool and stock up your fridge with these five foods to survive the sizzling temperatures. Here are Cornwall Food & Drink's top five refreshing treats to help you beat the heat this summer.
If you fancy something light and delicious to cool you down on a hot summer's day, try Trewithen's natural yoghurt. This smooth, creamy Cornish yoghurt is made with milk from happy, healthy cows that graze the luscious fields of Cornwall – none further than 25 miles away from Trewithen's Greymare Farm near Lostwithiel. Since the 1980s, dairy farming has been in the Clarke family for generations and when it comes to their cows, they work with local farmers who believe that you get out what you put in. So they put in hard work, care and whatever else it takes to make sure their cows live in blissful, carefree comfort, to give you the best tasting yoghurt. Serve with fresh fruit or a handful of Hugo's sweet Cornish granola and a drizzle of honey. You'll find Trewithen Dairy products in all kinds of shops across Cornwall, but you can also buy their 400g pots online via cornishfoodmarket.co.uk; www.trewithendairy.co.uk
Substitute your hot tea for a cold glass of cool Tregothnan iced tea. Bring it out at your next barbecue or garden party and your guests will be sure to thank you. Grown in Cornwall, Tregothnan's Afternoon Tea with Darjeeling makes total sense for Cornish iced tea and it is oh-so-simple to make. Using freshly boiled water and four teaspoons of the tea leaves, brew as usual for about four minutes and then strain, discarding the leaves. Once the tea has cooled, pour it into a large jug with ice. For the perfect summer twist add roughly cut chunks of fresh fruit and a dash of Pimm's.
Summer just wouldn't be the same without Cornish ice cream. The beauty of ice cream in summer is you really don't need to do anything to it to enjoy it. A dollop of ice cream in a crisp cone or big unadorned bowl is a simple, delicious pleasure all on its own. Cornwall has some great local producers brimming with cool flavours such as Callestick Farm near Truro. The farm has been run by the Parker family for many generations and they've been making their award-winning ice cream for 20 years! You can enjoy one of their ice creams at many locations around Cornwall, including the Eden Project, Hall for Cornwall and Swanpool Beach in Falmouth. You can even pop into the charming Callestick Farm Shop and tearoom and buy one fresh from the farm! Callestick has a range of flavours but we recommend sampling butterscotch and pecan or clotted cream and blackcurrant. www.callestickfarm.co.uk
No summer holiday would be complete without Cornish ice cream, but why not try some super-cool sorbet from Treleavens? For over 15 years the business has been using traditional methods and locally sourced milk and cream to make award-winning sorbets and ice creams in East Looe. You can now choose from over 20 sorbet flavours including champagne, mojito, midnight marmalade or simple raspberry, made with fresh Cornish raspberries. Treleavens is available from stockists all over Cornwall, from restaurants and cafés, to ice-cream parlours and farm shops. www.treleavens.co.uk
Keep cool and caffeine-fuelled with a home-made version of iced coffee Frappuccino. Combine ice, strong coffee, Cornish milk and sugar in a blender and pulse until frothy. It's that simple. With acclaimed coffee roasters right here on our doorstep in Cornwall, there's no excuse not to Choose Cornish! Try Origin's smooth and velvety Farmer30 range or Hands-On Coffee Roaster's Lusty Glaze blend for a full-bodied, smooth and chocolate flavour. You can buy bags of Cornish coffee online at www.hands-on-coffee.co.uk or www.origincoffee.co.uk
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