Easy Entertaining: Summer Garden Lunch

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White Ceramic Buffet Plate | White Ceramic Round Platter | Glass Tumblers all from Sophie Conran

Whenever the weather permits (I live in Ireland, so it's not necessarily that often) I jump on any opportunity to eat outdoors! I don't know what it is but everything tastes better al fresco - it must be the fresh air.

Summer Garden Lunch

For this garden lunch we have chosen food that is easy and quick to prepare, perfect for anything from a lazy Sunday brunch to a light dinner in the evening. The menu on the day was a fresh Easy Panzanella Salad (head here for the recipe and how to video), a cold meats and cheese platter, fresh sourdough bread & an elderflower and mint lemonade. There is also something sweet for dessert in the form of a doughnut & macaroon tower - it not only looks gorgeous and colourful but also doesn't take any time to prepare.

Two Tier Cake Platter from Avoca

Large Handled Band Board from Sophie Conran | Gold Cheese Knives from West Elm

You can see, that we went for speed of preparation - only one dish is actually "cooked" (in this case no real cooking involved, as we made a salad but you get the idea...) the rest is more of an assembly job. This is always what I opt for when if I'm entertaining during the week or simply don't want to spend hours in the kitchen (more on how to create the perfect cheeseboard coming soon!). I also like to have some drinks prepared for my guests and if we are not having cocktails I usually prepare a lemonade. Here we went for an elderflower cordial from Belvoir, some sparkling water & a few mint leaves. Easy and delicious!

Elderflower & Mint Lemonade

And then all you need is a nice and simple table setting, I love white tableware and simple glass, a couple of easy flower arrangements in mugs and some candles.

White Ceramic Tall Mugs from Sophie Conran

TOP TIP: When you are eating outside make sure you can serve all the dishes at once to save yourself having to run back and forth to the house if you can!

Have a look at our Behind The Scenes Video of the photo shoot!

What is your favourite "outdoors food"?

A & B. xx

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Easy Entertaining: Panzanella Salad

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Easy Panzanella Salad (White Ceramic Round Platter from Sophie Conran)

Both Becky and I love going out but we equally (if not more) love entertaining. I used to have a bit of a problem with this. I love having friends over, throwing parties and feeding people in general. But I used to have myself stressed and tired with preparations to the point that I couldn't actually enjoy the party or dinner itself.

Some time ago we got the opportunity to do a photo and video shoot with some amazing pieces from the Sophie Conran range. Sophie is a interior designer, author and cook and has developed an absolutely beautiful range of dinnerware, glassware, cutlery, etc. We thought that this will be the perfect opportunity to introduce some beautiful and interesting lifestyle content on the blog.

Without further ado, here is our first video, a very easy Panzanella Salad (Italian bread and tomato salad). It is fresh, delicious and very easy to prepare. Perfect for lunch, a light dinner and a staple in my entertaining repertoire.

The Recipe 200g crusty bread (my favourite is sourdough - stale or fresh) 600g ripe tomatoes (use a mix for the colourful effect) 1 small red onion 1 clove of garlic a handful of basil sea salt freshly ground pepperextra virgin olive oil balsamic or red wine vinegar

Tear or cut the bread into large bite-sized pieces, place in a large bowl. Roughly cut up the tomatoes and add to the bread. Thinly slice the red onion, finely chop the garlic and add to the bowl. Tear up the basil leaves, add olive oil and vinegar to taste and season with salt and pepper. Toss the mixture together with your hands and give it another taste. Add more oil, vinegar, salt or pepper if needed. Transfer to a pretty serving plate and tear some more basil leaves over the top for decoration and give it a final drizzle of oil. Done!

We love serving this super tasty salad with barbeque or just on it's own for a girly lunch with a glass of prosecco.

What is your favourite easy entertaining dish?

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