5 Easy Entertaining Ideas with Provencal Style
Regardless of whether cooking is your passion or not, entertaining should be enjoyable. Perhaps it is the climate in Provence that lends itself to outdoor dining, but generally, the traditional cuisine involves a few seasonal ingredients and simple techniques. Below we share five (5) easy entertaining ideas inspired by the South of France, including cocktail nibbles, picnics, Sunday lunch and more.
If you are looking for a reason to get together with your friends and family, now you have one! Apéro Dînatoire is a French style of entertaining and the perfect excuse for a social gathering. In her article on these parties, Tasha provides helpful tips and tricks to help you put together your event. Create an excuse to throw an apéro dînatoire. It is the perfect balance between the apéro cocktail party and a formal dinner party. Here are a few recipes for your next gathering:
Now we all know that David Scott Allen is a fabulous cook, but sometimes you need a no-fuss option with limited preparation like a charcuterie and cheese board. Think of it as stress-free dining, an indoor picnic. So, follow David’s advice on making a charcuterie cheese board as an appetizer or add more ingredients for a light meal.
Lazy Sunday Lunch
Many Sundays in France are family gatherings spent enjoying an extended lunch. You can enjoy a leisurely meal inside or outside depending on the weather and food you choose to serve. Nutmeg writes about her own Sunday lunch and a few menu options here.
Sunday Lunch in Provence a Summer Buffet goes through each course in a Sunday lunch and provides recipes. We linked some of the recipes mentioned and more to give you choices for starters, salads, a main dish, and desserts!
Salads and Breads
Provencal picnics are a great way to gather with friends and enjoy the weather. You can add bread, a cheese platter, fruits, sandwiches, vegetables, whatever sounds appealing to you. The most important part of a picnic is food that travels well. Keep reading for some ideas and recipes best suited for a Provencal-inspired picnic.
Picnic is a universal term for creating a culinary experience outdoors with some of your favourite portable foods. The French, though, take the word pique-nique to an elevated culinary level! Tasha shared that her North American picnic experiences are far less memorable than Provencal pique-niques. So here are some suggestions for your next outdoor dining adventure:
Easy Tarts and More:
Picnic Menu Ideas:
Summer holidays call for easy recipes and portable meals that work just as well at the beach as on a buffet table. Inspired by the endless sunny days and cicada-filled symphonies of Provence, try these summer picnic ideas. Enjoy summer dining al fresco with these simple to make, easy to pack and delicious recipes.
Pâté, cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers
Rillettes, ham and an assortment of charcuterie
Ingredients for Pan Bagnat sandwiches
Cornichons, olives and mustard
Portable salads like these: carrot, cucumber and spiced eggplant
Almonds, dried figs, apricots and raisins
Seasonal fruit, yoghurt, Madeleines or Palmiers
Your favourite Provencal wine
Summer Meals from Provence
If you are not feeling up for a picnic, you can gather around your outside table for a summer meal. Summer Lunch in Provence Menu for Friends emphasizes the gathering is more about the experience and people than the food on the table.
Summer Lunch Menu
Make it fun by adding a summer menu. You can include soup for starters, a meal, and finish it off with a filling dessert. Simple Summer Lunch in Provence provides three (3) easy recipes that you can use for your menu. Choose the meals that best suit you and your people and enjoy!
3 Easy Recipes from Petra Carter
Whether cooking is your passion or not, a slow-cooked meal is perfect for cooks of all levels. These recipes below require only a few ingredients, often just one pot, and time to let the oven’s heat work its magic. One French favourite is lamb, which is typically local and fresh in Provence. Below we share several different recipes with lamb. If you are not in the mood for lamb, try a crispy duck recipe or a chicken tagine!