Easter lunch outdoors – no matter the weather
The Easter Bilby is visiting soon! This year, the Easter long weekend is from April 15th – 18th. Easter is generally a time to celebrate outdoors with friends and family over a delicious meal. No matter how big or small your celebrations are this year, it’s always nice to plan ahead and think of what you’re going to serve your guests. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite recipes to help you decide what to cook up this Easter long weekend.
Whether it’s a rack of lamb or shanks, lamb is the classic dish to serve over Easter. A traditional roast lamb will always do the trick but what about slow cooked lamb shanks in red wine and garlic? This recipe results in the lamb becoming tender and juicy, allowing the meat to fall off the bone. How about a leg of lamb with hasselback potatoes? This rosemary and garlic lamb chop recipe requires less cooking time, making it an even easier dish to recreate over the Easter long weekend.
Ottolenghi’s portobello mushroom steak recipe is the perfect substitute for your vegetarian friends and family.
There are so many salad recipes to choose from that it can become quite overwhelming when deciding on one! Using fresh and seasonal produce is always important. Additionally, incorporating fresh fruit into a salad is a delicious way to add sweetness whilst creating interesting flavour combinations.
Figs are currently in season and can be the hero of your salad! Fresh figs pair deliciously well with goat cheese or feta, rocket and a crunchy nut, such as a pecan. This recipe adds basil and a maple sweetened follows Balsamic Vinaigrette for an added touch. Adding a grain, such as quinoa, can bulk up the salad as well. This recipe uses freekeh as well as incorporating mint and currants to create an interesting flavour sensation.
This summer Asian slaw incorporates peaches with crunchy green and red cabbage, green onions and a ginger miso dressing to tie it all together. A super interesting recipe that is bound to impress your guests!
As always, there will be plenty of chocolate to go around over Easter. If you are wanting a break from all the cocoa, perhaps a simple lemon tart would go down a treat? Alternately, no one is ever disappointed to see an apple and rhubarb crumble! If you do have a lot of leftover chocolate, you can always use it to make chocolate chip cookies, chocolate-dipped strawberries or even a chocolate cheesecake. The opportunities are endless!
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Sitting outdoors this Easter
Whilst we’ve only just started Autumn here in Australia, there’s no denying that the weather is starting to cool down. Unfortunately, we can’t just rely on a full day of sunshine on Easter Sunday. Never fear! A Louvre House roof system would solve all your outdoor dining problems that may arise.
Take control of the weather by keeping the rain and wind out, while letting sunlight, warmth and airflow in. A louvre roof is an opening roof made from a series of horizontal slats that can be opened, closed or angled to let in just the right amount of light and air. If it’s a sweltering hot day or raining on Easter Sunday, you can close the louvre shutters to protect yourself from getting burnt or wet. You can still enjoy your outdoor space with a Louvre House roof system!
If you are blessed with gorgeous weather this Easter long weekend, you can keep the slats open to enjoy the warm sunshine. Louvre House louvre roof systems are proudly manufactured in Australia from the finest quality aluminium. Our adjustable louvre roof systems are custom designed and come in a range of colours
Choosing a louvre roof system gives you the benefit of entertaining in your outdoor space without worrying about the forecast. You can protect yourself from the harsh weather elements whilst also enjoying the dappled sunlight on a warm autumn’s day. Installing a Louvre House system is hassle free and gives you the opportunity to enjoy your backyard all year round.