Spring foods are all about showcasing fresh and in-season foods that can be enjoyed in the great outdoors. This is the season for alfresco dining and to fire up the barbeque with flavoursome and lighter menu options, providing a welcome change from the heavier comfort foods of winter that has just been and gone.
From easy-to-make lunchtime meals, to meals showcasing a diverse range of flavours, these three meals are all assured to make your taste buds sit up and take notice – all while using the freshest possible ingredients and produce.
A Greek BBQ
Fire up your new barbeque (check out all the models available from retailers like BBQs Galore) and devour a grilled Greek BBQ, a meal fit for the Greek gods themselves. Chargrilled herb encrusted lamb chops with yoghurt and parsley sauce and a dill and cucumber salad goes perfectly with a bottle of Pinot Noir and roasted potatoes.
For those wanting to stay away from red meat, a Greek inspired BBQ chicken in lemon, chilli and oregano marinade will tantalise the tastebuds and is complemented well when paired with most bottles of white wine, especially the drier varieties.
Finish off the meal and cleanse the palate with a Mediterranean lemon sorbet or watermelon flavoured gelato. Bellissimo!
A Sandwich & Salad Picnic
A portable meal in the form of a picnic is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors and the warmer weather. Pull up a picnic blanket and pack some delicious sandwiches, pink lemonade, and fresh fruit salad, and spread it all out as you watch the world go by.
Thick cut leg ham and asparagus sandwiches on French baguette sticks are ideal to cut into many pieces to make a tea-style assortment. Other roast meats including pork and apple sauce, corned beef with tomato and Dijon mustard, or roast beef with corn chutney, can complete your picnic’s sandwich plate.
For dessert, stay fresh with grapes and cheese, or for something sweeter, serve up a fruit salad packed full of strawberries, paw paw, watermelon, rockmelon and pineapple. Wash it all down with a big cup of homemade pink lemonade – ice cold of course!
Charcuterie Plates and Anitpasto Platters
Why be limited to just a few different flavours when you can enjoy an entire smorgasbord of tastes all on the one plate? A charcuterie assortment of cured meats, decadent cheeses, crusty breads and zesty dips can assure you really do have it all when it comes to taste. Enjoy these foods paired with a citrusy pale ale, or cloudy apple cider.
Those who prefer a little bit of a Mediterranean influence can opt for an antipasto platter and include barbecued capsicum, zucchini and mushrooms – topped with olives and artichokes. Whether enjoyed with an outdoor barbeque at home, or packed as part of a picnic, charcuterie and antipasto platters are the ideal solution to savour a variety of delicious flavours, one bite at a time in the spring sunshine.
Swing into spring with these three fresh seasonally inspired meals and enjoy alfresco dining without sacrificing flavour, or taste.