When it hasn’t been raining, I’ve been enjoying the pleasure of dining outside on the patio. But it seems like there are some meals that work for al fresco dining (sandwiches, salads, that sort of thing), while others are better suited for indoors (for some reason, stir fry seems better suited for the inside).
Perhaps in the summer months, when there is the small possibility that England will be warm and sunny for long enough to enjoy a meal, I should take Nigel Slater’s approach…
I eat outside at every possible opportunity. Each meal is shopped for and cooked with the intention that it may become an outdoor treat, a meal spread out on the garden table and consumed in the open air.
Of all meals outside, supper is the one I like best, knowing that at some point it will be time to light the candles. Forget picnics and barbecues, the most romantic way to eat is in the garden by candlelight. I will eat this way till the weather insists otherwise.
Okay, so Nigel Slater is a bit of a wanker, but he’s got a great attitude towards food and some fabulous ideas for al fresco meals (check out the courgette cakes). The BBC also has some ideas for picnic recipes, including vegetarian nibbles like roasted red pepper bruschetta and butter bean pate.
What are your favorite foods for outdoor eating?
Food and Exercise Log | Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Bircher Muesli with Carrots, Coconut and Flaked Almond
Avocado on Toast with Salad, Chickpeas and Potatoes
Tofu Stir Fry with Brown Rice and Veggies
Update: Anyone interested in making yummy veggie stir-fry’s should check out Mark Bittman’s book, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian (yes, this book is my bible). He has a great description of how to make veggie stir fries and we use this basic technique for pretty much every stir fry we make. It’s always fabulous! You can read the section on Google Books: The Basics of Stir-Frying Vegetables.