As the days draw longer, the nights less cold and the lambs turn into sheep, the season changes from spring to summer. We spend time with our families, take time to unwind, and swap our beanies for sunscreen.
Living in New Zealand, the food we eat is driven by the changing seasons and local produce. Surrounded by a vast diversity of cultures, our traditional Kiwiana cuisine brought by the settlers is gradually being influenced by Asian and Mediterranean techniques and flavours. Fish and chips, mince pies, Pavlovas and BBQ sausages will always remain the pinnacle of alfresco dining in this country, however we have become more susceptible to fusion cuisines which influences our way of entertaining.
Whilst we want to make use of the abundance of fresh produce in this season, convenience is also key to having an enjoyable and relaxed time with family and friends. When heading out for a picnic or low-key entertaining, it seems easiest to grill pre-cooked foods or rely on convenience from packets. However, the key to incorporating a balance of flavours and ingredients lies in the fresh produce made available by the warmer weather and keeping things simple.
The following 3 recipes have been crafted with the intention of heading out for a picnic or entertaining guest in the home. Starring produce sourced from your local store, they can all be made in advance with a little crisping in the pan or addition of fresh fruit at the time.
They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too. By keeping things simple and using a little salt and pepper, these recipes will let you have both. Time to enjoy a glass of wine, to compliment the season and to enjoy special moments with the people surrounding you.
With compliments to summer mojitos, these mousse pots use a little sneaky white rum to finish off a great occasion. The macadamia white chocolate crumble adds a decadent nutty crunch to the base of the jars which is then balanced with the layer of summer peaches. Feel free to make these 2 – 3 days in advance and keep chilled until ready to serve. An addition of fresh grilled or tinned peaches also compliment these well.
I can’t wait for you to give this recipe a go! Please let me know how you get on & don’t hesitate to ask any questions.