Better Late…

 It’s here!  It’s here!  Summer!  It’s finally here!

This evening I arrived home from work to a 20oC garden bathed in glorious sunshine.  It was heaven.  If the weather forecast is to be believed the rest of the week should be similar.  Wonderful.  🙂

 But only a fool would believe the weather forecast in Scotland. This sunny moment had to be seized!   And seize it I did.  The box of marking I had intended on working my way through did not make it out of the boot of my car.  Instead, I spent the evening lying in my garden examining blades of grass, ogling my moody neighbour’s fruit trees, reading about my favourite Botswanan lady detective and savouring every single sunny moment.  Such a night deserved a summery supper.  The following salad served with rye bread was perfect.

 Tomato, Tuna and Butterbean Salad

(for 2 with bread)

400g tin of butterbeans, drained

1 tin of tuna, packed in oil

4 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1/2 red onion, sliced

Handful of fresh parsley, chopped

Olive oil

Juice of 1/2 a lemon


  • Combine the beans, tuna, tomatoes and onion.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, add the lemon, seasoning and parsley and combine gently.

18 thoughts on “Better Late…

  1. Why oh why are we back to miserable weather here. It was all going so well!! That salad looks delicious. I love butter beans – it’s quite Mediteranean isn’t it?

  2. Another McCall Smith fan I see.

    I met him in the last bookshop I worked in – charming, funny bloke. I especially liked the leather elbow patches (so professor-like) on his tweed jacket!

    Glad you’ve finally got some summer.

  3. What a perfect way to savour the moment. Can’t wait till it’s my turn to examine blades of grass 🙂

    And that vibrant coloured salad is a perfect match for that lovely evening.

  4. Oh Wendy, this is wonderful!!!!!! You know Melbourne today is sunny, a bit cold still, but I can see that spring is coming close… I won’t have anything to celebrate spring yet. But I will remember your salad for my coming summer! 😀

  5. Wow, 20 oC. We live on the north east coast and it was it quite cold here yesterday, but its much warmer today.

    I have added you to my food blogroll, at pennypinchers pantry.

    love your blog x

  6. You’re having SUMMER?
    Maybe there’s hope for us yet! I’d love a day of summer… I wonder if my entire garden could ripen in one day..
    Maybe we’ll have summer tomorrow!

  7. Mallika – Yes, it is. Managed to stop myself from adding garlic. Glad I did as it doesn’t need it at all.

    Casey – Ours should be ending too but it’s been a really dull, cold few months. 😦

    Marye – It’s NEVER 100oF here! I get really excited when it hits 80F!

    Lucy – And did you ask him where the toilets were?

    Nora – They aren’t like snow flakes. They look very much like each other. Can still spend hours inspecting them though!

    Anh – I hope you enjoy it when your summer does eventually come! 🙂

    Heidi – Thank you! Look forward to visiting your blog more. Even if I can’t understand anything!

    Cynthia – It was a lovely evening. The sun has abandoned me again though!

    Mainyacha – I just love how very proper and polite the main character is!

    Megandog – The north-east coast of Scotland? Had a look at your blog and couldn’t quite figure out where you were!

    Patricia – Hope she enjoys it. I’m a bean freak myself! 🙂

    Amanda – It was a lovely evening. Had the rest of the salad for lunch today and it was even better!

    Katie – Well, we were. It’s gone again. Grateful for that one day though. 🙂

    Christina – Hooray! And thank you.

  8. What a wonderful looking salad! My garden is bursting with tomatoes in August so I am always looking for new recipes. Glad you finally got a good day. I’ll be visiting Scotland next June for my nephrew’s college graduation and understand that the weather there can change often.

  9. Margaret – Thank you!

    Diane – Wish I had homegrown tomatoes. They all died! And, yup, the weather here is VERY unpredictable. Bring everything. 🙂

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