Your long weekend spread sorted
What's better than the weekend? A long weekend.
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Spend your long weekend creating a glorious spread fit for your favourite people to feast upon. Nothing says 'holiday' quite like 'snacking', so whether you’re staying indoors or braving a picnic outside, we’ve rounded up the best spreads we could think of to make your long weekend prep a breeze.
You can never go wrong with a tasty cheese platter (paired with a glass of wine, naturally.)
Start by choosing from a selection of cheeses from Fresh Sensations – we recommend two at minimum. To up the ante, bake a brie, halloumi or camembert cheese in the oven for 10 minutes, then drizzle it with honey and basil. Served with hot bread, it's a standout. For a more traditional cheese platter, you can’t go wrong with a soft and hard cheese, plus a blue if you're keen to live dangerously.
Next comes the cold meats including prosciutto and salami from Coles or Woolworths and the sides to pull it all together - fruit, nuts, olives, breads and crackers. Fill ramekins with various dips and nibbles and you're good to go - Naked Foods will have you covered.
If you’re entertaining at home, whip up a hearty winter meal with fresh produce from your local butcher and fruit and veg stores. Roast a chicken, lamb or whole salmon in the oven, or cook up a soul-warming slow-cooked soup for your guests. Be sure to keep some in-season fresh herbs and spices on hand for easy prepping, too – a lot can be achieved with ginger, oregano and rosemary.
How does roast lamb, butternut pumpkin and watermelon salad on the side sound?
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Pastries; those flaky, mouth-watering parcels of goodness. Sweet or savoury is always the question – and we say, why not both? Whether it's a main meal or a grazing platter you're after, pastry is always a crowd pleaser. Up your sausage roll and party pie game with gourmet selections from Le Bon Choix.
Now onto the sweet stuff. From apple and blueberry Danish pastries to almond or chocolate croissants, Le Bon Choix have you sorted there too, or check out cakes and pastries from Greenwood & Harvey. We recommend a tray of fresh fruit on the side for balance, so tick off your grapes and fresh melons at Fresh Sensations.
The up and coming trend making a feature on an Instagram feed near you is the sweet spread; from pikelet platters to deconstructed mini pavlovas and fresh fruit (with a choice of delectable dipping sauces), your sweet tooth will be beyond satisfied. Visit Brooklyn Donuts & Coffee Co and Le Bon Choix for all your needs.