Lunch ideas for al fresco entertaining
What I love about the warmer weather is the opportunity to dine al fresco with friends, enjoying a light lunch and a glass of rosé. This blush-coloured winner is now the ‘go to’ wine when invitees are unsure of what to bring to an event, or — if you’re the host — what to serve. And there are some very well-priced rosés to be enjoyed.
Rosé marries well with many light lunches including those featuring, cheese, raw or cooked fish, eggs and vegetables including asparagus. Salads and light rice and pasta dishes are always great matches plus fresh-flavoured Asian-inspired delights.
For dessert, try making pink meringues and sandwiching them together with whipped cream flavoured with mashed strawberries. Pile them on an attractive plate and sprinkle with chopped pistachio nuts. You may want to upgrade your still rosé to a sparkling variety.
Of course, light lunches should be easy and quick to prepare. Marinated fish served in crisp lettuce cups and accompanied by a crusty roll and sliced mango can all be prepared in advance. As can a quiche — try adding pan-fried red onion, fresh basil leaves and halved cherry tomatoes (well drained) for flavour and colour. Below are some favourite easy recipes to serve to friends when they drop around.