When the days grow longer and the weather turns balmy, there’s nothing quite like heading outdoors to enjoy an al fresco dinner as dusk settles over the landscape like a hush. At Douglas Green we’re all about embracing the singular pleasures of summer and spring, so we’ve rustled up a few fuss-free dinner ideas that you can be enjoyed al fresco when the mercury starts to rise.
Mediterranean Fish Parcels
Combine firm-fleshed white fish fillets (hake or cod will do nicely), with tinned tomatoes, olives, thinly sliced courgettes, mushrooms and green pepper in a foil packet and pop it on a grid over warm coals for 30 – 45 minutes. Serve straight from the foil with some freshly steamed couscous and roasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy this dish with a glass of Douglas Green Chardonnay – a bright gold vintage with flashes of green that explodes with tropical pineapple and honey melon aromas on entry and then succumbs to a generous, zesty finish.
Summer Harvest Picnic Pasta
Combine four cups of cooked, cooled pasta with one avocado (halved, peeled and diced), half a cup of summer corn kernels, half a cup of strawberries (quartered), two tablespoons chopped coriander and two tablespoons pine nuts. Drizzle with a home-made vinaigrette of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, freshly squeezed lime juice and a pinch of sugar. Enjoy this meal with a glass of Douglas Green Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc – a fruity dry white with lashings of papaya, guava and granadilla on the nose, followed by frisky dry finish and citrusy freshness.
If you really want to kick back and don’t feel like any hassle at all, the timeless tapas plate is your best bet. Raid your fridge, fruit bowl and pantry and combine everything that looks delicious on one big chopping board – voila! We’ve had great success with slices pastrami, fresh figs, creamy goat’s milk cheese, roasted almonds and Matzo crackers. Enjoy this sultry summertime feast with a frosty glass of Douglas Green Chenin Blanc – a vibrant vintage with exuberant passion fruit, ripe peaches and pineapple on entry that follows through to an elegant, tangy finish.
Rotisserie Chicken Wraps
Not keen on slaving over a hot stove? Stop at the grocery store on your way home and pick up a ready-made rotisserie chicken. Serve up with some whole-wheat wraps, grated cheese, diced tomato and tzatziki for a tasty dinner that is ready in a matter of moments. Serve this dish alongside Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc – an effortless, light-bodied white that starts off with a tropical surge of pineapple and gooseberry, and carries through to a feisty acidity and delicate citrus finish.
PRO TIP: Do you like to enjoy your dinner outdoors in summertime but can’t stand the onslaught of the seasonal mosquitoes? Reaching for the insect repellent doesn’t have to be your only option – try throwing a few sprigs of rosemary on the barbeque or create a centrepiece of halved lemons pierced with cloves. These fragrant solutions will not detract from the enjoyment of your meal, and have been proven to act as a natural mosquito deterrent.