French Countryside Barbecue

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French Countryside barbecue

French Countryside barbecue is just a way of jazzing up your entertaining skills for the Sunday barbecue. Castres summer has indeed arrived a bit late and now when the summer sales are in full bloom we tend to soak up the sunshine. Barbecue is part of our South African Culture and something to be proud of. The traditions around barbeque are something that can’t be done without over the weekends. I guess we have more in common with the Frenchies than I thought.  Come and get a few ideas and recipes on how to host and decorate the ultimate French barbecue.

French Countryside barbecue is just a way of jazzing up your entertaining skills for the Sunday barbecue. Castres summer has indeed arrived a bit late and now when the summer sales are in full bloom we tend to soak up the sunshine. Barbecue is part of our South African Culture and something to be proud of. The traditions around barbeque are something that can’t be done without over the weekends. I guess we have more in common with the Frenchies than I thought. Come and get a few ideas and recipes on how to host and decorate the ultimate French barbecue.

Thanks to Carla from Prime Home for her expert advice on how to decorate and fully enjoy a Frech Countryside barbecue. I must say that I am truly inspired to recreate this look every barbecue that I am going to host from now on. Just absolutely gorgeous! She know’s her stuff, that’s for sure.

French Countryside BBQ
It seems that the French people have an innate love affair with life, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the French countryside of Montpellier. The rolling green hills, the untamed natural beauty, and a zest for life that is almost palpable in the air. Could there be any better way to spend a warm summer’s day than with friends and family enjoying what the land has to offer and what the heart has to share?

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5Taking inspiration from both the natural and manmade wonders that are so synonymous with France, we created a table setting filled with the downplayed sophistication of French life, while also appealing to the fun and relaxed traditional South African braai-goer. The aim of such a setting is to amaze your guests with simplicity and comfortable elegance, and what better way to do just that than to mimic the local countryside itself?
The deep earthy textures of wood were brought to the fore with aged wooden furniture, and treated natural wood underplates, creating a calming and unmistakable connection with the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

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8A leaf print linen runner and linen serviettes compliment the natural tones of the wood, while also minimising the décor items needed to fill the space, as they give the illusion of fullness and substance while creating a spectacle all of their own.

Greenery from the garden and the local market has been placed in a variety vases and coloured glass jars to bring both lives and pops of colour to the setting and reminding everyone of the flowery banks of the surrounding rolling hillside. Antique cutlery and a few purposefully chosen household utensils reaffirm the connection with family and friends while being subtle and stylish enough to fit in perfectly in the historical buildings that dot the countryside.
Good food, great company, and a timeless setting. What more could anyone ask for?
Happy Styling!

Regards,
Carla & Paolo

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To contact Prime Home for some ideas, click here.

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Tips to BBQ like the French:

Start around 8 in the evening, share a few glasses of beer, white or rose wine and sangria. Share a few plates of tapas for aperitifs like a baguette with tomato, sliced ham, deviled eggs, and mimosas. When the fire is ready to grill some meat like beef schewers, sausage (mostly pork in France), red sausage with herbs with a variety of mixed salads, cantaloupe, and watermelon.

Enjoy the conversation and enjoy an evening out and about with the ones you love. Sunday’s are especially enjoyable to barbecue for the whole family. Take it easy, soak it in and enjoy the slow and stead sunrise with a glass in hand.

Need some cooking Ideas? Check out this yum salad as a perfect add on to your evening!

Recipe

Fig Halloumi salad with roasted pine nuts Maple soy dressing and Truffle salt

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Serves

4-6 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cup of sliced halloumi
  • 4-5 figs sliced in quarters
  • 4 cups of sliced and washed kale or baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup of roasted pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • Truffle salt or normal salt

Method

  1. Grill the Halloumi in a bit of olive oil for a few minutes. Do tend to check because they melt alongside the cooking process.
  2. Remove from the heat and let them cool down, whilst you place all your salad ingredients ready like the sliced figs, massaged olive oil kale and roasted pine nuts.
  3. Mix together the salad sauce ingredients and once the meat is ready ensemble the salad, not before because the leaves will wilt and your salad will just be mush.
  4. Pour over the salad sauce and then add the truffle salt for the last edition to this gorgeous salad.

Where to find these ingredients in France?

Halloumi: Salakis found at most Super markets like Auchan, Casino, and Carrefour.

Truffle salt: Savor & Sens  I bought mine at our local Jardin place, go and have a look!

Kale: Grand Frais 

Figs: Grand Frais 

Pine nuts: Grand Frais 

Could it be any easier? Some of these items are already in your cupboards to decorate and to host the perfect Countryside BBQ. I will be posting a few more summer recipes over the few weeks to come so you’ll be inspired to use those summer fruit to your advantage.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

M*

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