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Eating Al Fresco: Fun Ways to Dine Outdoors

What better way to enjoy warm weather than with some tasty food and drink out in the sunshine with loved ones. It’s the ideal way to get everyone together, and makes for some fantastic summer memories. If you love eating outdoors, here are just a few ideas.

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Go Camping

When the weather is warm, it’s the perfect opportunity to pack up the car and head down to your local campsite. Have a few days enjoying the outdoors, sites like Outdoor Supacentre have all of the bits and pieces you need. Knowing what to eat when you’re camping can be tricky, unless you’re staying in a caravan which has a fridge, you can’t just take a load of meat and have a barbeque every day. If you’re away for a few days you’ll need foods that will store well while still being tasty. On the first night you could take some minced beef or lamb, some vegetables and seasonings and cook up a nice big stew in a dutch oven. This can be cooked over the campfire and is nice and hearty and delicious. Baked potatoes are a good option, as they store well and don’t need to be refrigerated. Wrap them in foil and bury them in hot coals, you could serve them with some butter and cheese from the cool box and warm up some baked beans in a saucepan on the fire. Alternatively you could pack up some picnic style food and enjoy a picnic while you’re out on a hike or bike ride.

Host a Barbeque

Speaking of barbeque, this is a great way to eat outdoors and get everyone together. Grilled meat and seafood is always a good choice, marinate them in tasty spices the day before to make your barbeque even more impressive. Think of other additions to the barbeque too, for example large mushrooms (or smaller mushrooms on skewers) peppers, onions and corn on the cob all make perfect side dishes or mains for vegetarians and vegans. Potato salad, coleslaw and plenty of side salads are important too. Don’t underestimate the number of buns and amount of cheese you will need too! You could check what’s in season and use these ingredients on your barbeque, or if you have an allotment and grow your own crops then put these to use too.

Throw an Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is an english tradition which has caught on and is becoming more and more popular around the world. This is an elegant way to entertain friends, and is a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon. Afternoon tea is made up of bite sized morsels, so finger sandwiches, miniature pastries and scones and little bite sized savouries. Serve with some classic tea in mismatched china cups, or you could pop open some champagne or prosecco. It’s a nice way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or just a fun girly catch up.

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