Both Becky and I love going out but we equally (if not more) love entertaining. I used to have a bit of a problem with this. I love having friends over, throwing parties and feeding people in general. But I used to have myself stressed and tired with preparations to the point that I couldn’t actually enjoy the party or dinner itself.
Some time ago we got the opportunity to do a photo and video shoot with some amazing pieces from the Sophie Conran range. Sophie is a interior designer, author and cook and has developed an absolutely beautiful range of dinnerware, glassware, cutlery, etc. We thought that this will be the perfect opportunity to introduce some beautiful and interesting lifestyle content on the blog.
Without further ado, here is our first video, a very easy Panzanella Salad (Italian bread and tomato salad). It is fresh, delicious and very easy to prepare. Perfect for lunch, a light dinner and a staple in my entertaining repertoire.
200g crusty bread (my favourite is sourdough – stale or fresh)
600g ripe tomatoes (use a mix for the colourful effect)
1 small red onion
1 clove of garlic
a handful of basil
freshly ground pepperextra virgin olive oil
balsamic or red wine vinegar
Tear or cut the bread into large bite-sized pieces, place in a large bowl. Roughly cut up the tomatoes and add to the bread. Thinly slice the red onion, finely chop the garlic and add to the bowl. Tear up the basil leaves, add olive oil and vinegar to taste and season with salt and pepper. Toss the mixture together with your hands and give it another taste. Add more oil, vinegar, salt or pepper if needed. Transfer to a pretty serving plate and tear some more basil leaves over the top for decoration and give it a final drizzle of oil. Done!
We love serving this super tasty salad with barbeque or just on it’s own for a girly lunch with a glass of prosecco.
What is your favourite easy entertaining dish?
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