Fresh air sharpens the appetite and food always tastes better when eaten outside. The Barbecue is key to outdoor entertaining - try Sicilian-style Lamb with Lemon and Garlic Marinade; Aromatic Pork Burgers in Pita Pockets; or Spiked Tiger Prawns with Lime and Chilli Marinade. There are great salads, sides and accompaniments too, such as Fennel and Orange Salad with Mint; Sesame Sweet Potato Packets; and, Mango, Kiwi and Coriander Salsa. Families Outdoors features easy dishes for hungry hordes; try Pot Luck Summer Pasta or Caramelized Vegetable Tarte Tatin and finish with a Fruit Platter with Spiced Caramel. For Picnics, instead of making dull sandwiches, share a Roast Pepper, Mozzarella and Italian Cured Meat Focaccia Pie and round off the meal with a slice of Pineapple and Thyme Loaf Cake. Enjoy Elegant Al Fresco dishes too, such as Fanned Steak with Rocket Creme Fraiche and Blueberry Frangipane Tart. Finally, refreshing Drinks include Lemon Sherbet and Sparkling Iced Mint Tea.
Lindy Wildsmith is well known from her appearances in the celebrity kitchen at House & Garden fairs and runs her own cooking school in Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire. She is the author of Pasta, also published by Ryland Peters & Small.