Summer means long, hot nights spent with good friends, eating beautiful produce and indulging in a glass of sparkling wine…or two.
For me entertaining needs to be easy. I love simple recipes where the ingredients do the talking. I don’t want to spend all my time in the kitchen while everyone else is out having fun.
Last week I held a picnic to welcome the start of summer. We had it in our backyard with an old wooden pallet as a table. All of the dishes could be modified to easily host the same meal anyway you fancy – by the beach, your local park. All you need is access to a BBQ and an esky.
Our picnic centred around sparkling wine, specifically a bottle of Tasmanian Jansz*. I have always been a fan of Jansz, I still remember trying it for the first time three years ago when we first bought our house.
I have never tried to plan a meal to match a wine so I had to do a lot of research about what works well with sparkling wine especially the citrus notes of the Janz. My research suggested oily fish, salty food and ingredients with strong bodied flavours like truffle and duck.
Armed with this knowledge, some beautiful Tasmanian produce this was the menu for our first summer picnic, I highly recommend you try it yourself. It is a little bit decadent, while remaining simple, it lets the ingredients do the talking.
- Natural oysters (of course)
- A beautiful Raw Milk C2 from the Bruny Island Cheese Company* (the only raw milk cheese available in Australia)
- Crostini con Percorino from Emiko Davies recipe book ‘Florentine’, with Tasmanian Leatherwood honey from Cradle Mountain*
- BBQ’d salmon
- Chunky potato chips seasoned with truffle salt from Perigold Truffles Tasmania*
- Asparagus and avocado salad recipe available here.
- I made Eton Mess for the first time and it was delicious and could be transported for a picnic very easily. I used this recipe but you can really use any fruit that is in season.
I loved the challenge of designing a menu that matched a particular wine and look forward to putting more together over the months to come. Tell me what are your favourite picnic dishes?
Produce mentioned in this post with a * was gifted to me.