Category Archives: Al Fresco Dining

Recipes to enjoy in the great outdoors – whether it be a BBQ, a picnic or a summer buffet in the garden.

Drink: Grapefruit Gin & Tonic Slushie

A sip or two of this citrus slushie will start your spring BBQ with a swing. A great twist on the classic gin & tonic, this drink is sharp and refreshing with more buzz than a bumblebee in a sunflower....

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Recipe: Smoked Haddock Quiche

Smoked Haddock Quiche. A flaky, buttery crust packed with creamy smoked haddock, cubes of potato, caramelised onion and a fresh, clean hit of parsley.  

This isn't a recipe to attempt after work when the evening is rushed and full of chores to complete.  Make this instead on those luxuriously relaxed weekends … Continue Reading ››

Recipe: Tandoori Chicken Burgers

...all the great flavours of tandoori chicken, with a minty raita - but in burger form!

I started to write this post right at the start of BBQ season, and have only just got around to finishing it! Sadly, the time for BBQ's is nearly at an end for … Continue Reading ››

Recipe: Smoked Mackerel Pâté

This creamy smoked mackerel pâté is bursting with the contrasting flavours of earthy smoked fish, the fresh, clean taste of chopped parsley and lemon juice, and finished off with the tang of chopped gherkin...

This is one of those wonderful recipes that is pure simplicity to prepare (with just 6 ingredients, how could it be anything … Continue Reading ››

Simple Summer Gazpacho

Tomatoes, full of flavour, form the base of this fresh, light, chilled Gazpacho. Each sip will cool, calm and nourish you...

You know those days when it's oppressively hot and you just don't feel like eating much?  To be honest, living in the UK, I'm not that familiar with them, but if there's a … Continue Reading ››

BBQ Recipe: Spicy Mint Lamb Kebabs

A combination of chilli, honey, yoghurt and mint makes these lamb kebabs spicy, sweet and cool all in one mouthful. With only 10 minutes preparation time, they are the perfect dish for your next BBQ...

I'm assuming that as you've clicked on this post, you're at least mildly into BBQ's. … Continue Reading ››

The 50 Most Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes

Well, by my reckoning we've got about one more month before the weather starts to turn and Autumn raises its red and golden head.  So, while there's still time to sit outside without a jumper, why not invite over some friends, dust off that grill and make the most of … Continue Reading ››

Strawberry Peach Iced Tea

You know those really hot, oppressive summer days when the air feels heavy and no matter what you do, you just can't get cool?

Doing anything feels like wading through water and that's just emphasised by the dampness of your clothing and brow...

What you need is my Strawberry and Peach Iced Tea - … Continue Reading ››

Recipe: Crab Linguine

...linguine, slicked in an unctuous dressing of olive oil, crushed fennel seeds, garlic, lemon, parsley and chilli with delicate flakes of sweet and salty crab stirred through...

You know those days when you don't stop, from the moment you first haul yourself out from under your duvet and put your little tippy-toes on the cold, hard … Continue Reading ››

Summer Cocktail: Rose Peach Punch

I've purposefully posted this on a Saturday because I just knew that as soon as you saw it, you'd want (no, need) to sample it immediately.  Obviously, I don't want you getting into trouble at work so I thought the weekend was best (apologies for those of you who work at … Continue Reading ››