Aussies are well known for their laid back nature; there’s nothing we love more than a backyard gathering by the pool and BBQ, complete with simple but delicious food and drink!
The festive season gives us a chance to invite our loved ones around for a good meal and some good fun, so why not plan a little gathering around your pool over the Christmas break? The pool is perfect entertainment for the kids and adults alike, and will provide an escape from the hot weather as well!
The trick to having a relaxed Christmas is to keep things simple. Here a few easy ideas for you to make entertaining a breeze.
For the main meal, having a few different things that you can throw onto the BBQ always makes things super simple. Marinated salmon, beef steak, prawns or a variety of flavoured sausages and vegetables will give everyone plenty of choice.
A great idea that adds some colour to your plate is to make some festive salsa to pair with your BBQ meat; simply mix chopped tomatoes, coriander, red onion and red chilli together in a bowl and throw in some lime juice and spices.
An even simpler idea for those wanting to be able to prepare everything prior to the occasion is to put together a traditional cold meat and cheese platter; this allows guests to choose which meat takes their fancy, whether that be ham, turkey, beef, lamb or chicken.
Pair this with some mixed roast vegetables, and you’ve got yourself one easy and delicious meal!
Salads are always a great side dish for any meal. A simple crunchy garden salad is perfect for a hot summer’s day; or for those wanting to try something different, a quinoa or rice salad will also give everyone their dose of vegetables.
Roast pumpkin and quinoa salad
Now for the sweet stuff! The options with dessert are endless…
For the kids, you could make your own icy pops filled with fruit. Simply pour fruit juice and a handful of chopped fruit into moulds and pop in the freezer a few days before. Easy!
Other fruity ideas include an Aussie pavlova, or a traditional fruit salad with ice cream or yoghurt for the health conscious.
If you are more of a chocolate fan, a mars bar slice, chocolate soufflé or salted caramel and chocolate tart will go down a treat with your guests.
What a great occasion to crack open a bottle of some of the best Aussie wine! We have some great wineries in Australia, including:
Check out their range of wines and take your pick for the big day!
And of course a cold beer or cider never goes amiss. Pull out the esky and chuck a case of your favourite brew inside for added convenience! For those preferring a non-alcoholic beverage, see the fantastic and refreshing recipe below:
Iced apple and citrus tea
Recipes from taste.com