June is packed with fresh fruits and vegetables coming into season.
The start of proper summertime in the UK, June is when the hot weather might actually start. Like, shorts-hot, stick-the-fan-on-hot, running-out-for-ice-lollies-hot.
Also in June?
National donut day. I love donuts, and have published a few recipes for gluten-free and vegan donuts over the years, from a healthy baked coconut version to a not-so-healthy, deep-fried-and-rolled-in-sugar version (pictured).
Fried doughnuts remind me of summer days on the Yorkshire coast, where you can buy hot paper bags of fresh-from-the-fryer doughnuts, dredged in crunchy sugar that leaves your face and hands covered in sticky crystals for hours.
June 2019 personal update
Right at the start of June, I attended Drift’s Hypergrowth. I don’t talk about my day job often, (I work 3-days a week in content & digital marketing at a software company). Drift is a chatbot tool we use in my day job, so I got to attend the conference in London. It was awesome, but I came home feeling like a needed a long rest
- Pretty much everything from Victoria Pendleton @victorialou struck a chord: “They had a certain idea of how things should be, in their head, but that’s just because they hadn’t come across someone like me yet”; “I don’t do things because I want to be the best in the world, I do them because I want to be the best I can be” & “be kind to yourself… you can only do what you can do”
- Charlotte Pierce @inkpact reminded us that we’re always marketing ‘human to human’ – not B2B or B2C – and that we need to create moments & experiences that reflect that
- A super informative talk from Ryan Deiss @DigitalMarketer about 10x marketing (incl. a bunch of book recommendations). Words, copy, storytelling, messaging are essential BUT empathy with your customers (& prospects) is even more so: “those skills can be learned, but empathy can’t”
- Also enjoyed David Cancel @DCancel & Brian Halligan @brian_halligan‘s fireside chat. They discussed how SaaS marketing nowadays is more about creating a better experience than (necessarily) a better product, how
itsessential to create delightful end-to-end experiences, and how SaaS businesses need to be “as much an experience disruptor as a technology disruptor” 🎉
What’s in season in June?
- Broad beans
- Fennel bulb
- French beans
- Globe artichoke
- New potato
- Runner beans
- Spring onion
- Lamb’s lettuce
- Pak choi
- Spring greens
Also in season in June
- Courgette flower
What to cook in June
- Purple cabbage stirfry [cabbage]
- Broccoli & quinoa salad with chickpeas [broccoli, garlic]
- Vegan frappe-style smoothie [banana]
- Classic Tropical Green Smoothie [banana, spinach]
- Pink berry & almond smoothie [banana, berries]
- Pea & mint salad [peas, spinach, mint, parsley, chives]
- Pesto polenta with balsamic roasted tomatoes [tomatoes, basil]
- Broccoli tempura [broccoli]
- Vegan shakshuka [peppers, onions, courgette, tomatoes]
- 5-Minute Carrot & Raisin Salad [carrot, corriander]
- Lime and Roasted Aubergine Curry [aubergine, garlic, chillis, peppers]
- Beetroot & Fennel hummus [beetroot, fennel, garlic]
- Lemon & thyme hummus [thyme, garlic]
- Avocado & basil hummus [basil, garlic]
- Gluten-free pancakes [banana]
- Black bean, broccoli & sweet potato bowl [broccoli, onions, garlic, chillis, parsley, spring onions]
- Tofu scramble with grilled tomatoes [tomatoes]
- Orange, tomato & sunflower seed salad [tomatoes]
- Vegan & gluten-free burgers [barbecue season]
- Baked coconut doughnuts [national doughnut day]
- Gluten-free & vegan fried doughnuts [national doughnut day]