Barbecue is the perfect way to eat through the summer. Cook over coal for a smoky edge to marinated meats and chargrilled vegetables, direct heat gives great depth of flavour. Keep the heat out of the kitchen - prepare lots of gorgeous salads as side dishes and sip on fresh fruit punch. Make fridge cake and pavlova, they are easy to do, for a sweet note at the end of the day.
Afternoon tea time is the perfect excuse to gather everyone up for a well deserved cuppa and something sweet to go with it. Make it special and lay out a spread of pretty cupcakes, bake a quick batch of crunchy biscuits or whip up a batch of fresh scones, so good slathered with fresh strawberry jam!
A wedding is such a happy day, make the big day special with great food. Save stress, make plans and serve tables family style. Lay out baskets of bread and lots of toppings and people will help themselves. Pile big bowls with salad and serve with quiches, terrines and platters of sliced roasted meats. Follow up with fruit salads and cheeses and handmade chocolates while the speeches are made. Impress at the end with a magnificent cake - one you can make in advance!
Watching other people play sport is guaranteed to make you hungry! Prep in advance and don't miss a moment of the big game. Fast paced games demand easy to handle snacks like sausage rolls, spicy chicken wings and plenty of crisps, pizza's good and lots of dips like hummus and tzatziki to scoop up with pita chips. Gentle spectating works well with mezze platters and the British delights of cucumber sandwiches and strawberry shortcake, and a jug of Pimms in easy reach. At the end of the match you've eaten well no matter who wins - result!