Summer is all about savouring the little moments. From a leisurely morning coffee basking in the sun to drinks at dusk, discover how to make the most of your outdoor space during lighter days.
For the three-day weekend, take your breakfast alfresco. Swap the kitchen table for a relaxed corner of the garden, and look to cosy loungewear to beat the early-morning breeze. Continue the (weather-permitting) ritual after the Bank Holiday – it’s a great way to take stock before the day starts.
Time for tea?
Outdoor dining doesn’t need to mean a large dinner party (although we love those, too). Stolen moments in small groups, or by yourself, can be just as special. Create a casual-dining nook with a folding table and chairs, ready for a spot of afternoon tea. Want to really enhance your experience? Add a slice of this Moroccan chocolate and almond cake.
150g raw almonds
30g icing sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon rose water (optional)
85g salted butter, at room temperature
170g semi-sweet or dark chocolate, chopped
12 sheets thawed filo pastry
115g melted butter
Honey, chopped pistachios, icing sugar, and dried roses, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/gas 4. Grease a large baking sheet with butter.
- In a food processor, combine the almonds, icing sugar, cinnamon, egg yolk, vanilla, rose water and room-temperature butter. Pulse, until a paste begins to form. Add the chocolate and pulse again, until the chocolate is finely chopped.
- On a clean work surface, gently lay three sheets of filo pastry down vertically, side by side, overlapping the edges by a quarter of an inch. Brush with butter. Next, top with three more sheets of pastry (just like the first set, right on top, and vertical); again, brush the top with butter. Repeat with the remaining sheets of filo until you have four layers (and three rows).
- Spoon the almond paste along the long edge of the filo. Now gently roll up and over the paste to create a log. Brush the log with butter and then gently spiral the log into a coil. Don’t worry if you have some places where the pastry tears. Place the spiral onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top with the remaining butter. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the filo is lightly golden.
- Serve dusted with icing sugar, or honey, on our Glass Cake Stand.
Entertain with ease
From spontaneous BBQs to family get-togethers, there’s nothing better than dining under the sun. Stock up on oversized serveware that will look just as impressive at informal catch-ups as it will at perfectly pulled-together dinner parties. Our pick? These oversized black platters are an instant statement for your table.
Looking for more outdoor-entertaining inspiration? Our feature has all you need for Summer hosting.