Light Summer Lunches: Goats Cheese and Red Onion Toasts

What is the best thing about summer?
I am really struggling to answer this question! I have been working in London and away in Barcelona up until now, so I haven’t really had a chance to just relax and enjoy summer in the countryside!
And I don’t know what I’m looking forward to most!
Is it the weather? The hot, humid, sunny days that make me want to just throw on a bikini and run, screaming, into the sea?
Is it the carefree attitude that everyone seems to suddenly adopt as soon as the first rays of sun break through? What is it about the summer that means we have no commitments, no time frames to stick to, to deadlines, no schedules? I don’t know. But it’s awesome.
Is it the long, leisurely bicycle rides through the fields and down to the beach?
Is it the chance to finally do everything I have been putting off doing all year? I will definitely read that in the summer, I am going to teach myself Spanish this summer, this summer I’ll go see that play, visit that person, organise myself… How easy it is to say those things in March!
No, I think the best thing about the summer is the nothingness of it all. It is the only time it is perfectly acceptable to just lie around in the sun and do nothing, all day. The best thing is- it doesn’t even feel like nothing at all! That is what summer is made for.
And the best way to bask in this nothingness, is with a light, easy, simple and delicious lunch, that takes minutes to make and hours to eat.
Goats Cheese and Caramelised Red Onion Toasts
This is a perfect summer lunch- light enough that it won’t bog you down, easy enough to whip up in an instant and delicious enough to impress any unexpected guest.
Begin by chopping up one red onion into thin slices (one onion will easily feed four people, or two more hungry ones!) Fry it with a drizzle of olive oil until it is soft, then add a teaspoon of brown sugar and a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Continue frying until it is very soft, slightly brown in colour and has absorbed all the sugar and vinegar.
This may take a while, so in the meantime, cut some slices of your favourite bread. I used sourdough, but a baguette or any other artisan loaf will be just as good. Toast it under the grill, until it is golden brown in colour. Flip it over and toast the other side. Keep an eye on it, as it has a tendency to burn, especially if your grill is very hot.
Once it has been toasted, cut chunks of goats cheese and place on the bread. Put it back under the grill for a moment to melt the cheese, then pile high with the onions and enjoy with a large helping of sunshine and nothingness!


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