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Winter is a season I’ve learnt to love. It’s the time to slow down, as nature and the rest go to sleep there is always a sense of calm, less noise, less movement.
I have been housesitting my parents house as they are off travelling through France so I decided to take advantage of the space they have and have a little weekend lunch with close friends.
It was a beautiful day! The sun was at times hiding behind the clouds however we were lucky enough to have it shining through the trees and onto our table most of the time.
Check out the quick video we shot from the day here.
During winter I LOVE slow cooking. Especially having a long roast, baking a cake and using winter ingredients like cauliflower, red cabbage, pears and more.
Here are my tips to host a simple and easy winter lunch:
- Keep warm! Tell everyone to dress warm and provide plenty of blankets and cushions on the chairs.
- If you like, style the table a bit. Using whatever you have. My mum had this gorgeous white table cloth, as well as some french plate ware from a second hand store. I also had some native flowers around the house, so I just found some mismatched jars and vases and separated each flower. Keep it simple and use what you have, sometimes a small detail like mismatched jars and nice flowers can make the whole table look very welcoming.
- Have a menu that is mostly prepared or in the oven cooking as everyone arrives. Hot food in winter is the way to go. Have a few things which you can just do the morning of, wholesome simple dishes don’t take too much time, see my menu below.
- If you can, set up a small barbecue or portable stove top and cook something there and then! Theres something extremely pleasing about cooking outside, and having the smell of the food around the table. You don’t want to make it complicated so choose something simple like frying off some mushrooms in butter and rosemary. Or barbecue some vegetables like leek, onion, capsicum then simply season with salt. It’s always nice to cook outdoors and everyone can get involved!
- Finish off with a baked cake topped with winter fruit and some hot coffee or tea and the day will end perfectly!
WINTER LUNCH MENU
Roasted cauliflower seasoned lightly
Roast chicken with butter, thyme and lemon
Raw cabbage salad with pomegranate and salad greens
Pan fried mushrooms with rosemary and butter
Flour less chocolate cake with coffee mascarpone and roasted pears
Red wine (we drank Wild Gully wine)
(A dirty table is always a sign of a good feast!)
I hope this post inspired you! xx
Photography: Shane Van Laar
Food & Styling: Anastasia Zolotarev