What if I told you that a stress-free Christmas is achievable? It is and Miss Lilly is planning on having one! Read her tips on how you and your family can relax and enjoy the festive season this year.
What if I told you that a stress-free Christmas is achievable? It is and Miss Lilly is planning on having one! Read her tips on how you and your family can relax and enjoy the festive season this year.
I love this, and so does my soul with fresh fruit & chai seed pudd
2 Cups of Wholegrain Oats
1/2 cup of Peanut butter ( I use Pics)
1/4 cup of honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup of Coconut oil
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180 c. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well until combined and a sticky
Spread granola out on to baking tray, in a single layer about 1 cm thick.
Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until golden
Remove from the oven and leave to cool
When cool I am normally cranberries, toasted almonds, shredded coconut, what ever you desire
The granola will keep in an airtight container for 1 month
Enjoy with fresh fruit, greek yogurt, & chai seed pudd
This is lovely served with crisp apple slices & horseradish sour cream!!!
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 Granny Smith apples cored & chopped with skin on
1 stick of Celery chopped
500g beetroot peeled & cut equal small even chunks
200ml Vegetable stock
240ml Apple juice
Salt & freshly ground pepper
Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed soup pan over a medium heat & saute the onion, apple, & celery until the onions are translucent & glossy
Add in the beetroot & stir, then add the stock & apple juice while still on the heat.
Cook on a medium heat with a constant fast simmer for an about an hour until the beetroot is tender.
Blitz until smooth & add a little more hot water or apply juice of the soup is too thick.
Season with salt & pepper to taste
Protecting Our Food with the Slow Food Movement
Slow food is the answer to our busy lives. It works towards ensuring that the food we eat today will be around tomorrow. I’m a big believer of sourcing my fresh produce from local Canterbury suppliers. I know that my suppliers are doing their best to use sustainable methods, ensuring that their products and land will be around in the future. It’s the Slow Food Movement all over and one I’m a great fan of.
What is the Slow Food Movement?
It began back in 1986 when locals in Rome objected to the building of a McDonalds near the Spanish Steps. The movement works towards preserving our traditional food, cooking methods, seeds, plants, farm animals and farming practices. Now a global movement, it is well and truly established here in New Zealand too. A non-profit organisation, people who are concerned with the sustainability of our food supply are encouraged to join as members of their closest Convivia group. It is the work of these members that gives me the confidence in knowing that my son will enjoy the same food traditions and experiences which I had growing up.
Bringing Slow Food Home
In 2000, Christchurch was the first place in NZ to establish a Convivia group and they’ve been working hard ever since. However, we are lucky in this country in that we don’t have the pressing needs to preserve our food chain. That’s why NZ’s Slow Food Movement is mostly focused on the preparation and eating experience itself. Once again, this is something I am extremely passionate about. Right from when I was young, helping my Nanna and Oppy at their Paraora Boarding House, I’ve treasured not only the cooking experience, but the sharing of a good meal with great company. Sitting down around the table with my family is an experience that money just can’t buy. Taking the time to savour every mouthful of food and drink, the sharing of favourite recipes and the company of loved ones is what matters.
I learnt a lot while helping my Nanna and Oppy in the kitchen and in the garden. Learning where our food comes from is important and that’s another reason why I love the Slow Food Movement. They are taking the time to teach our tamariki how to grow and care for fruit and vegetables in the garden. Children are then able to harvest, prepare and eat something they have grown and I know there is no greater pleasure than that!
I’d like to challenge you to slow down with slow food. Take the time to learn how it was produced, visit where it came from and enjoy every mouthful. The Maori proverb “He kai kei aku ringa” rings true here. It translates as ‘there is food at the end of my hands,’ meaning that as people when we use our basic abilities, we will achieve success.
I am a sweet tooth person there is no hiding from it. Plus I love love love chocolate! So this brownie in my home is our go too. The secret ingredient in this brownie is dates!
Preheat oven to 160°C / 325°F and line a 30cm x 24cm / 12 inch x 9 inch slice tin with baking paper.
Put dates in a large bowl, add baking soda and boiling water and stir to combine. Add finely diced butter and stir until melted. Leave to stand for 20 minutes.
Mash softened dates with a fork to break them up to a creamy consistency. Stir in the eggs and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the sugar, then add the cocoa, flour and baking powder and stir until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips or chunks.
Smooth into prepared tin and bake until it is set in the middle and begins to come away from the sides of the tin (about 50 minutes). Cool before cutting into squares. Stored in a sealed container it will keep for a couple of weeks.
There is always this in our freezer, its my go too when guests come
OMG let me tell you how yummy these wee babies are. Once you start you wont be able to stop as they taste so good.
They only take minutes to make and wont last long!
Place the dates, cocoa powder and peanut butter into a food processor or blender.
Blend until the mixture resembles a paste.
Add the almonds and honey and blend until desired chunkiness is achieved.
If your mixture is too dry, add 1tbs honey and pulse to mix through. The mixture should be a little sticky and roll easily into balls when squished together.
Use a spoon to roll the mixture into tablespoon sized balls.
For best results store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within a week.
Its so nice at the moment to have the time to recharge the batteries after a long and successful wedding season. Relax, listening to music dancing and my favourite bars.
BIRD SEED BARS - Annabel Langbein
Stir as it heats and simmer for 5 mins on a low heat.
Add the hot caramel to the toasted seed mix. Work fast as it moulds quickly. Transfer the mixture into a lined Swiss roll tin or baking tray and press flat.
Let cool in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. When cool, cut into bars. Store in an airtight container
How Are You Celebrating Father’s Day as a Family?
In the weeks coming up to Father’s Day, which here in NZ is always the first Sunday in September, we’re bombarded with ‘must buy’ gifts. Apparently, Dad can’t be without the latest gadget, pair of socks or store brought card. While there’s nothing wrong with buying a present for Dad, there are other more enjoyable ways you can celebrate Father’s Day with him as a family. Here are Miss Lilly’s top picks …
5 Beautiful Ways You & Your Family Can Celebrate Father’s Day
Nowadays, the commercialisation of Father’s Day is so prominent that shops begin promoting their wares anytime from July. But it never used to be like this. In 1909, Louise Dodd heard a church sermon in which the congregation was encouraged to honour their mother. Having been raised solely by her Dad, Louise thought he needed a day of his own too and Dad’s special day was born.
There’s no better way to show Dad you love and appreciate him, than to spend time together as a family. Here are five wonderful ideas to try:
Cook a meal as a family – spending time preparing and cooking a meal together and eating it around the dining table is such a wonderful thing! You could choose Dad’s favourite recipe or a new one to try out.
Play games as a family – how about playing some games which are centred around Dad? Name that Tool is fun and easy to play. Put a blindfold on Dad and everyone takes a turn choosing a tool. They then describe it to him and he must guess what it is.
Throw a Dads party – invite your family, friends and other neighbourhood Dads around for a party! Not only is this a great way to spend time with your father, but to also show caring and compassion for other Dads who may not have family close by.
Head to the park – help Dad recover his lost youth by taking him to the park. Playing games, such as hide n seek and frisbee, or even just playing on the playground, are wonderful ways to make precious memories as a family. You could even have a Bespoke Picnic too!
Host a movie night – for a quiet evening, grab a selection of Dad’s favourite movies and watch them as a family. Don’t forget to make Dad some nibbles too!
Here at Miss Lilly’s, we’re all about family. Father’s Day is a great time to stop and spend time with Dad, but you don’t need to limit it to just one day! After all, every day is family day.
Glamping Food For Your Summer Holiday Can’t Be Without!
Are you trying glamping these Summer holidays? There is nothing quite like camping with luxurious facilities and delicious food. Even better is that glamping is something you can dowith all your family! Love it!
Add Some Sparkle to Your Glamping Kitchen
Upmarket and more comfortable than camping, glamping is becoming incredibly popular in NZ. With your furnished tent, kitchen equipment and bathroom provided, all you really need to pack is the food. But before you head to the cupboard for those traditional camping tins of baked beans, you might want to look at some of my glamping menu ideas.
Everything tastes better when you are outside and in the company of friends and family. Yet you don’t have to settle for sausages on a stick or spaghetti from a tin. This summer glamping adventure, how about packing some of these ingredients instead:
Chicken pieces, lemon wedges, salt and olive oil – whip yourself and your guests upa campfire roast chicken. Slow cooked in tinfoil at the base of the fire, it’s an easy meal to prepare and lets you chat with loved ones while it is cooking. Pop some tinfoil wrapped baked potatoes in with it and you’ll have a fabulous meal.
1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms, ½ tsp chilli flakes, 100g mozzarella, 3 tbsp. sherry, ½ cup diced sun dried tomatoes, 2 ½ tbsp. olive oil and a baguette. Pop everything except the baguette into a skillet and heat until well melted to a dipping consistency. Slice the baguette and brush both sides with olive oil. Toast and then use to scoop up the delicious cheesy dip you have made. Yum!
Bananas and dark chocolate – without peeling your bananas, slice them down the centre about half the depth of the banana. Pop chocolate squares along the sliced area and wrap together in tinfoil. Pop in the ashes of your fire and wait for your dessert to cook.
A selection of cubed vegetables including capsicum, peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, mushrooms, pumpkin and halloumi cheese – push onto skewers and brush each kebab with olive oil and toast. Yummy!
Miss Lilly’s Top Secret Glamping Tips
When you are packing for your summer glamping trip, it pays to have already created amenu plan. By being prepared, you are less likely to need to make an emergency trip to the supermarket or run out of food. That’s why that is my very first glamping food tip!
Make a menu plan and try to choose recipes which use similar ingredients, to limit the amount of food types you’ll need to remember to pack!
Take miniature amounts of herbs and spices – packing them in little individual containers such as a weekly pill organiser or tackle box works well.
Posh it up! Take your good china, your silver cutlery and your crystal wine glasses! Nothing tastes great when you serve it on plastic plates!
I wish you and your family a wonderful and happy family time of togetherness.
Miss Lilly xxx
Sharing the Love of Food This Christmas
As you know, I’m a real friends and family girl. I love sitting down and sharing a meal with those who are important to me. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, old or young; great company and delicious food is all you need this Christmas.
We’ve recently been reminded by the Kaikoura earthquakes that nothing lasts forever. The peace and harmony of our lives was severely disrupted and many people had their world turned completely upside down. We had no warning, no planning and no angels. Until I put the call out and Miss Lilly’s Angels came from all over Canterbury to help. Donations of food, fuel, water, toilet paper and everything else you could hope for, were given with such kindness. Helicopters, ships, trucks, vans, planes and utes were freely offered to transport goods down to those in need.
Together we have carried on the tradition of lending a helping hand to those in need. These last few days we’ve shown that we really do care for each other and the generosity I have seen is heart-warming. So, I’m all about keeping old traditions and this Christmas I have a few I will be keeping. It would come as no surprise to anyone, but I believe there is nothing better than sitting down around the table with friends and family. This Christmas, that will be my most precious tradition to partake in.
Sharing the Love of Food
Food is such an ice breaker. No one can resist commenting about a beautifully decorated cake. Or asking how you made those yummy appetisers. Food is also something which can bring us together. Taking a new neighbour a batch of homemade muffins is such a welcoming gesture. Sitting around the table with family members you have not seen for ages, helps bring you close once more.
The time spent both in the preparation and eating of the food are both equally important. I have so many wonderful memories of my Nanna and Oppy working in their kitchen. The values and traditions they taught me are those which I passing down to my son. The recipes, the cooking methods, the secret ingredients, the way we shared our home with others; they’re all equally important.
I guess what I am trying to say is Christmas is about food and family. It is about sharing the good times and the bad. This Christmas, take the time to be thankful for what you and your loved ones have. Share the love of food with your family this Christmas.
Miss Lilly xx
I’m Dreaming of a Kiwi Christmas
Bring on the sunshine and blue skies. I’m not wanting any snow this Christmas. Instead I am planning on having a good old Kiwi Christmas this year, an outdoor meal with my family. Spending Christmas Day with loved ones is what the season is about. We’re just lucky here in NZ that we can do it in summer! I recently catered an amazing Kiwi styled Christmas function. I loved it so much, that I’m going to share exactly how I did it with you!
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Pohutukawa
DIY; it’s in our blood and it is definitely in mine! To create your own Kiwi style Christmas, start thinking along the lines of casual meets glamourous, handmade meets repurposed. What I did was I took a selection of tables and chairs outside. I then covered the main table with a handmade tablecloth and matching napkins I made with fabric purchased from Femme de Brocante in Rangiora. I set the table with matching dinner plates and gold rimmed wine glasses for a bit of glamour. The cutlery was distinctively mismatching and I found that from local second hand stores. On top of each plate, my handmade napkins were placed, each tied up with twine and featuring a hand stamped card. I found the twine and stamp set at Cressy Lane Gift Shop.
In the centre of my table I placed a simply gorgeous arrangement from Lizzy Lauder, where it was made within an old seed box. It contained a mixture of real and artificial flowers and foliage, as well as ferns, wire pine cones and holly. I’m so lucky in that I have a wonderful area around my home where I can source not only inspiration, but also accessories to style my tables with too.
I used paua shells to display food in and popped colour co-ordinated crackers on the table. You could fill these crackers with goodies of your own, such as homemade chocolates, vouchers for hugs or even that winning Lotto ticket. It’s all about the details and this year, forget hanging your Christmas stocking on the mantel piece because I’ve got an even better idea: use a flax kete bag instead! A woven flax bag is the perfect alternative to wrapping paper and being reusable and made from sustainable materials, is a great option for our environment too.
Forget the Snow – We’ve Got the Sun!
Nostalgia is all well and good, until of course, you can’t ever replicate it. Back in the days when some of our ancestors lived in Europe, Christmas was a time spent indoors where chestnuts did roast on the fire. With many of the events mentioned within carols and stories unlikely to happen for us, it is time we got onto planning a Kiwi themed Christmas for ourselves. Here are Miss Lilly’s Boutique Café’s top Christmas tips:
Have things your way – don’t like steamed pudding or Christmas cake? Find a recipe for a special cake you do love. Use this as your holiday season cake instead.
Create your own traditions – nowhere does it say that we must sing carols around our trees inside or make a snowman on the lawn to have a ‘proper’ Christmas. Find something that you and your family love doing, whether it is cricket at the park or a treasure hunt dig at the beach. The first time is always the hardest, but each year you can tweak your new tradition until it suits you all.
Take Christmas outside – a hot roast dinner with all the trimmings tastes wonderful, but we don’t need to eat it inside sweltering from the heat. Carry your dining table outdoors or set up a picnic rug instead.
Set the scene – if there ever was an appropriate time to decorate your table and home, it’s at Christmas!
This Christmas, remember it is all about spending quality time with loved ones. Merry Christmas from Miss Lilly and her team of Creative Food Extraordinaires!
Please head over to Lizzy Lauder facebook page as she did all the amazing flowers for this table display
Miss Lilly’s Extraordinarily Fabulous Christmas Ideas
Christmas is about family and friends. It’s a time to sit down with loved ones around the table, sampling delicious seasonal food and enjoying each other’s company. Christmas holds a special place in my heart. It’s when my creative food extraordinaire gets her Santa hat on to create amazing food and fantastic dining settings. After all, an amazing meal is not just about the food; it’s about setting the atmosphere too. Whether you do that with twinkling fairy lights or baubles hanging from the apple tree, it’s important to make things as stress free and fun as possible.
Styling Your Christmas Kiwi-Style
Instead of styling your table with traditional Christmas colours like red and green, how about this year creating one which reflects our beautiful landscape. Cover your table with a snowy white table cloth and place a rectangular hessian table runner down the centre. Head outdoors and collect a range of natural materials such as twigs, moss, pebbles or even sand from the beach. Using a variety of glass containers, place your natural decorations inside them or on top of the table cloth. Tie hessian strips around your chairs in bows and use pieces of it as placemats.
Still fancy a green themed Christmas? Cut greenery from your garden (or your neighbours) and use it to bring the outdoors in. But even better, hold your Christmas dinner outside. Take your table and chairs outdoors or use a picnic rug instead. Choose a shady and wind protected area in your garden. Hang fairy lights amongst the trees, drape wispy fabric around tree trunks or over bushes and you’ve got a romantic Kiwi-style outdoor Christmas meal.
A Creative Food Extraordinare Christmas
Here are just a few of Miss Lilly’s creative food presentation tips to help you impress your guests and set the mood.
If you are having a buffet table meal, display your food on different levels. It looks less crowded and makes it easier for your guests to serve themselves from.
Work towards building a colour theme such as gold and black or white and red. Try to use table cloths, serving dishes and other accessories on your table in your chosen colours, as well as the dining area. Flowers, ribbons, cushions and wispy fabric can be used to quickly style a room.
Create a dining focal point. Find an old tin or wicker picnic basket, place a small pine branch or artificial Christmas tree inside it and fill the rest of it up with apples, oranges and pinecones. You could even hang homemade sweets wrapped in cellophane on the tree! Place it in a prominent position on your table.
Bake a batch of circle shaped Christmas cookies in five sizes, each one smaller than the one before. Ice the largest cookie and then place the next largest on top. Keep icing each of the remaining sizes and placing them on top of each other until you have a made a Christmas cookie tree! As well as using them as decorations on your table, they also make great gifts for your guests.
Most of all this holiday season, take the time to relax and enjoy yourself. I know I will!
Miss Lilly xxx
Christmas Entertaining Made Easy with Miss Lilly
Christmas is a time of love. A time of miracles. And a time for relaxing. If you are stressed up to the eyeballs with organising, preparing and cooking your Christmas meal, then you’re not going to feel any of those things. But it’s all good because Miss Lilly is here to help you create the easiest, most stress-free Christmas ever this year.
Miss Lilly’s Guide for Stress Free Christmas Entertaining
First of all, Christmas is about family and friends. It’s about spending time with those you love and remembering those who are no longer with us. Then it’s all about the food! As you know, I’m a huge foodie fan. Whether I’m in the kitchen cooking or sitting around the table eating, it’s the whole experience I enjoy. Yet I so get that many people don’t enjoy entertaining at Christmas because it all seems too much. But like I said, this year it’s going to be different …
There are three things you need to do. They are:
Sort Out Your Menu
First you need to decide what your Christmas menu will be. This will depend on whether you are having everyone over for brunch, lunch or dinner, as well as how many people you will be catering for.
You will also need to consider if you want to stick with a traditional menu or go for something different.
Are you able to prepare dishes in advance and pop in the freezer until Christmas day? This will give you more time to relax and enjoy the day, rather than time cooking.
Delegate guests to prepare and bring a favourite dish of their own for a great pot luck meal.
Plan Your Table and Décor
Do you have any favourite Christmas decorations or themes? Are you using one main colour or a few? What Christmas props do you have around your house you can use to set the mood?
Where will you be eating? Is there some way you can stage the area and set the mood before your guests arrive? Soft draped fabric and fairy lights can do wonders when you’re staging a special meal.
Create a To Do List
Write a giant list of everything you will need to do to get ready for your Christmas entertaining. This includes writing invitations, organising your décor, doing the shopping and cooking.
Now you need to make lots of mini lists – things you can do well in advance, things to do the week and day before and things to do on the day.
Each mini list now needs to be organised so each job happens in the right order.
Once you have completed these three tasks, Christmas will be looking a heap less daunting. You’ll have time to sit back, relax and enjoy the magic of Christmas after all.
Creative Food Extraordinaire Ataahua Wines
Wine is a beautiful thing. Even more so are the individually hand crafted wines from Ataahua Wines. Located in Waipara, right here in North Canterbury, Ataahua wines work towards producing high quality wines for wine lovers who enjoy pairing a glass of wine with their meal. That makes Ataahua Wines a perfect match with us here at Miss Lilly’s.
Owned and operated by Stephanie and her husband Andrew, the vineyard has 4.5 hectares of grapevines, all of which contribute to the amazing products which are created in the onsite winery. They have owned the five-hectare block for over 20 years and lived on it for the past 16. But it wasn’t until 2008 when Stephanie took the plunge and started up Ataahua Wines, after already having an extensive career in the wine industry. She began by launching Ataahua Wines first product, a 2008 Gewurztraminer which was made in a neighbouring winery, but now has built her own winery onsite.
Ataahua Wines is run organically, even though they are not officially certified. They are however certified through Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) for running the vineyard and winery in a sustainable manner. Stephanie herself crafts her individually hand made wine, actively taking a part in all stages along the way right from the vine through to the packaging.
The Ataahua wine range includes Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in the whites, and Merlot and Pinot Noir in the reds, plus a Pinot Rosé and a Late Harvest Gewurztraminer. All her wines are naturally fermented in seasoned French Oak barrels with as little additives used as possible. You will find them available for purchase through the Ataahua Wines website, as well as in several restaurants and fine wine stores around Canterbury, Auckland and Wellington.
Matching Your Wine for Christmas Day
I was very excited to find out more about Ataahua Wines. I love how Stephanie has grown her passion for great wine into a sustainable local business and one which works perfectly here with us at Miss Lilly’s. The wine she produces makes a fabulous accompaniment to a great meal, especially Christmas Day lunch or dinner. Here are a few of my seasonal favourites:
Ataahua 2014 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer – the perfect match for having with your Christmas cake or mince pie, this Gewurztraminer offers a sweet and smooth palate, together with a rich fruity aroma.
Ataahua 2014 Merlot – a wonderful wine to have with your Christmas roast beef or seared venison. It has gorgeous ripe plum and blackberry flavours with a pinch of spice.
But there is one wine I’ve taken a bit further into my kitchen and that’s their Ataahua 2014 Rose. I’ve even gone as far as creating this recipe to go with it…
Have you heard of the Rabobank Global Farmers Master Class? Rabobank flew in more than 50 leading farmers from around the world to discuss the ways in which we can ensure the sustainability of our global food supply. We recently had the pleasure of catering for these participants over two days while there were here in Canterbury.
Rabobank have created a program called Banking For Food. They have positioned themselves as a major player in helping farmers increase productivity and food supply by providing global networking opportunities for farmers, as well as offering funding from their bank.
The nine-day Master Class took place in Australia and here in Canterbury. During their time here, we were proud to be chosen to cater for their lunch over two consecutive days: at Patoa Farms and Cleardale Station.
Patoa Farms for Free-Farmed Pork
The first lunch we catered for the attendees of the Global Farmers Master Class was at Patoa Farms. Owners Steve and Jens had a vision of farming pigs as naturally as possible. That’s why at Patoa Farms all their animals run free in paddocks and they’ve got straw shelters in each paddock for farrowing too.
Patoa Farms produce delicious pork! They have been incredibly successful at marketing their pork, with many leading NZ brands using it to on sell. As winners of the 2016 North Canterbury Awards, they have demonstrated their commitment to sustainable farming and we are proud to use their pork here at Miss Lilly’s!
Cleardale Station Sustainable Sheep Farming
The second lunch we catered for the Rabobank Global Farmers Master Class was at Cleardale Station. Located about 10km from the Rakaia Gorge, Cleardale Station are firmly concentrating on improving the productivity and sustainability of their farm, as well as increasing their profitability.
While Cleardale’s 1400ha property mainly farms sheep, they also have a small herd of cattle. But it is their half-bred sheep they are most proud of. They have bred a cross between their own merino and some English Leicester studs which is definitely helping Cleardale achieve it’s high productivity levels.
Canterbury Caterers with an Eye to the Future
As our population continues to grow, we need to look towards buying our food from suppliers who practise sustainable methods in creating their products. Wherever possible, we purchase our fresh produce for Miss Lilly’s from local businesses. We’re playing our part and would love you to join us too!
Pack away your winter woollies and grab your jandals. It’s time to host the ultimate summer BBQ party and really impress your guests! I’m here today to share with you some of my best tips on giving your BBQ the wow factor. So let’s get grilling people!
Miss Lilly’s Best BBQ Party Tips
Entertaining and eating outdoors really makes my list of favourite things to do. Whether it’s a picnic down at the beach, a BBQ in a flower filled meadow, or a formal dinner on your deck, they’re all fab occasions to get together with family and friends. In my years as a caterer, I know that food really can make or break an event. But I’ve also seen events with amazing food fall flat because the location just didn’t have any party like atmosphere. That’s why I’ve put together these ideas to help make your next BBQ totally rock!
Share Your Menu – sure, you’re not running a restaurant, but people are still here to eat. Paint a tall piece of plywood with black chalkboard paint and write your menu on it with chalk. If you have a theme, you could even engage your artistic side and draw some pictures to match!
Sauces and Chutneys - lining up your sauces and chutneys in little matching jars along a table looks cute. If you add a wooden ice block stick with the name of the condiment on it, it’s even cuter!
Bring Out the Paddling Pool – but keep the kids out, cause this paddling pool is strictly for the food. We’ve all been to BBQs where the weather is so hot, that the salad gets a bit dodgy. Fill the paddling pool with ice and stick all the containers with the salads, sauces and condiments in it. This will help them keep cool and safe to eat!
No More Flies – we all hate them, but flies love the smell of our BBQs. So rather than spending time shooing them away, how about preparing individual lidded containers or jars of food for your BBQ. That way when guests are not eating, they can just pop the lid on and forget about the flies.
Twinkling Lights – when you are out and about, it’s hard to find places to hang fairy lights. This summer when you’re packing your BBQ into the car (or not!), remember to take a bucket filled with pebbles and a tall bamboo pole. You can wrap your fairy lights around the pole or use two buckets and polls to string lights between, a bit like a bunting. It’s a fabulous way to set the atmosphere at an evening summer BBQ.
Then what else do you need at a BBQ? Food of course and I’ve got these delicious Miss Lilly’s Creative Food Extraordinaires’ recipes to share with you over summer.
Forget plastic plates and jam sandwiches, Miss Lilly’s doesn’t believe in them! Your race day picnic deserves more than warm bubbles and a cold sausage roll. Ours are an extravaganza of mouth-watering delights and we’re going to explain just how you can get yours too…
Opt for a glamour picnic, one with vintage plates and real cutlery. There’s nothing worse than a flimsy plastic plate to dampen down your picnic experience.
Oh la la – make your very own French picnic sandwich. Simply hollow out the inside of a freshly baked sourdough loaf and fill with scrummy sandwich fillings. Cut into slices to see all the goodness of summer laid out in beautiful layers. Oui, s’il vous plait!
Salad in a jar – hassle and mess free, simply layer your favourite summer salads in a jar, mixing them up just before you take a bite.
Stuffed brie or camembert – forget packing all the individual pastes, nuts and dried fruit for your cheeseboard. Instead stuff your cheese with scrummy combinations such as dried fig and roast hazelnut or pear and walnut, then rewrap in baking paper and tie with twine.
Chicken roulade wrapped in prosciutto – when sliced it reveals layers of chicken, herb pork mince and free range boiled eggs. Awesome for a family picnic with a rocket salad on the side.
Don’t forget dessert! Pack your tasty dessert in a jar for a mess free and easy to serve pudding.
For me, a family picnic’s all about feeling the grass between your toes and enjoying time spent with your loved ones. There’s nothing more precious than people, so this race day, take the time out to host your very own extraordinary picnic with a difference!
Miss Lilly xx
Miss Lilly's Race Day picnic's
While I was off in Wanaka for the weekend meeting Annabel. My Miss Lilly's team were working their magic in helping a lovely lady called Sandra celebrate a special birthday.
I am so lucky that I have such a great family, and team that when duty calls they step up. And when you get emails from the birthday girl and pictures of what a magical night she had you know
A - I can have more weekends off
B - I have a great team
C - Your doing something right
I had Miss lillys cater my 50th birthday party 3rd September, she was so lovely to deal with and nothing was a problem. The food was amazing, so many people have commented on how great the food was and the cake was fabulous. The service was outstanding, I must make special mention of Heather who was just so lovely. I would have no hesitation in recommending Miss Lillys, made my night special.
This is why we do what we do, to make people feel connected, through food, that needs to be shared and our love for delivering a memorable experience .
If you are looking for an unique experience that your guests will remember contact us.