5 Picnic Recipes Your Family Would Love

5 Picnic Recipes Your Family Would Love

There’s no better way to enjoy fine weather and beautiful nature than a picnic with good company, family of friends, and delicious picnic food to round up a beautiful day. When juggling picnic food ideas, keep in mind that picnic food needs to be fresh, light and nutritious. For those looking for an alternative to the picnic BBQ and prefer a healthier option, we’ve gathered some picnic recipe ideas that you’ll love. Here are five quick and easy picnic recipes to brighten up your outing to the local park or countryside. 1. Green Goodness Hummus Sandwich Ingredients: For the sandwich: 2 slices whole grain bread (toasted by preference) ¼ cup hummus 1-2 leafs of lettuce 4-5 slices cucumber Pickles, to taste (sliced into thin strips) Quick-pickled carrots and onions For the quick-pickled carrots and onions: 1 small to medium red onion 5 to 7 medium to large carrots 1 cup water 2½ teaspoons salt 1 cup plain white vinegar/white wine vinegar/apple cider vinegar ¼ cup honey/maple syrup/sugar ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional Method: To prepare the quick-pickled vegetables, peel the carrots and then using a regular vegetable peeler slice the carrots into thin slices, and slice the onion into thin rounds. Put the carrots and onion in two different mason jars. In a saucepan, mix the water, vinegar, sweetener, salt and the optional pepper flakes (to get spicy pickles). Boil the mixture and add half into each jar. Press the vegetables into the liquid, using a spoon and let them cool. Depending on how thin the vegetable slices are, they should be ready in about half an hour. To...
5 Cooking Techniques Every Home Chef Should Know

5 Cooking Techniques Every Home Chef Should Know

Learning to cook can be quite daunting. As usual, the best way to tackle a new challenge is to split it up in smaller pieces and deal with one at a time. Being in control of your kitchen and diet can be an extremely rewarding experience, so we thought of compiling a short list of cooking techniques to get you started. 1. Roast Roasting works on the same principle as baking, but it refers to meat and vegetables. Usually done in the oven, ingredients are cooked until golden brown and tender. This technique enhances the taste of food so much that everything tastes better if roasted. It’s a process of caramelizing proteins, fats and sugars, and while the water evaporates it transforms food into a satisfying dish with a rich taste. Knowing how to roast meat is a definite wow factor for every home cook. Before roasting, let the meat stand at room temperature for an hour. This will allow it to cook better and get that lovely brown colour sooner. Right before putting your meat in the oven season it. You don’t want to do it too soon because this will prevent the meat from cooking well and could even make its juices come to the surface. Cook on a little less than the desired temperature and start checking on it early. Roasting vegetables is easier, but it equally requires attention. For 1kg of vegetables, use one or two tablespooons olive oil. Season them with salt, pepper, herbs or spices. Tender vegetables need about 15-20 minutes to roast well, but root vegetables which are much denser can take...
Weekend Wedding

Weekend Wedding

Catering weddings is so much fun for us here at Hospitality Est. We love being a part of such an important life event and we were proud to cater a lovely wedding over the weekend. She chose our Ploughmans Table, which not only looks lovely but is always a hit with such variety!...
Mixed Berry Smoothie

Mixed Berry Smoothie

I know, I know. It’s AUTUMN. But, it’s still weirdly warm (in the sun) and I think you could get away with having a smoothie for brekkie if you wanted to. I strongly encourage you to give this recipe a go! Simple, delicious and so good for you, it’s worth the slightly chilly factor   Ingredients: 300g Mixed berries 500g Natural Yoghurt (or soy/coconut yoghurt if you don’t have dairy) 1⁄2 cup Toasted Muesli (substitute this for LSA if you’re gluten intolerant) 2 tbs Honey OR 1/2 a banana 4 Strawberries 1⁄4 bunch Mint Leaves Method: Puree half of the mixed berries in food processor.Pour into bottom of glass, top with half the amount of yoghurt. Layer muesli on top of yoghurt. Top with remaining yoghurt Top with remaining berries, strawberries and mint leaves. Drizzle with honey (optional) Enjoy!...
Our Favourite Grocer

Our Favourite Grocer

Far be it from us to say where you should and shouldn’t buy your food, as long as you buy fresh food that (ideally) has little to no sprays or preservatives in it, it’s all good. But there’s something a little bit exciting about buying produce from a specialist grocer or a farmers market – you usually get a lot of variety and lets face it, it’s more...