By Freya Ensbey.
Take to an Autumn picnic as we pair the best picnic plates with
the best drops.
Not too hot and not too cold, Autumn is the perfect time of
year for long, lingering day picnics. So, invite your loved ones, pack a rug
and create your own gourmet picnic hamper matched with the perfect drop following
our paired picnic plate recipes below, which looks awfully like a delicious
menu, don’t you think?
A picnic wouldn’t be complete without a standout salad and
celebrity Chef, Matt Moran has provided us with an all-time salad classic, with
his own modern twist. Using Dijon mustard, lemon juice and red wine vinegar as
a dressing to coat the potatoes, crispy bacon is added for texture along with
soft boiled eggs, as the whole dish is lifted with the addition of fresh
ingredients like shallots, flat-leaf parsley and punchy chives.
Pair With: Seville Hill 2015 Reserve
This chardonnay brings a crisp lightness to the palate, with
tasting notes of almond and fig to complement the rich creaminess of the potato
and the saltiness of the bacon. Be sure to serve chilled.
The best thing about these Chinese Zucchini Pancakes, it
that they can be enjoyed any time of day. As they are easily kept in the
freezer, you can make them in larger batches as a quick and easy meal option to
re-heat throughout the week. Using only a handful of ingredients, these
pancakes are best served with a side condiment like an eggplant dip.
Pair With: Flying Brick Cider
2016 Co MC Cider
A smooth and sweet, yet slightly acidic drop like the MC
Cider will add a flavour of apple which pairs well with a subtle taste like
that of these savoury pancakes.
and Zucchini Quiche
Making the most of the ingredients you have already bought
is a great way to save money and time on shopping. With any leftover zucchini
from the Chinese pancakes, add to some bacon and a number of staple pantry and
fridge ingredients which most home cooks already have, to make this decadent,
melt in your mouth cheesy quiche.
Pair With: Garbin
Estate Sparkling White
The saltiness of the bacon and creaminess in this dish is
best complemented with the light and fresh bubbles of a champagne, just as the
French would serve paired at a cocktail party.
Every meal should end on a sweet note, that’s our motto
anyway, and a picnic is no exception. These super fluffy and easily packed
doughnuts are ideal to whip up the morning of and best enjoyed the same day, as
if anyone could save them for the next day anyway! Filled with oozing jam of
your choosing, these little balls of heaven are coated in cinnamon sugar,
creating a delicious lip smacking mess with every bite.
Pair With: Chain
Of Ponds 2017 Innocence Rosé
A Rosé, with a hint of bitterness, paired with a dessert
like a jam doughnut softens the sugary sweetness creating an elegant
accompaniment to each other.
For those of you who are left swooning on the idea of fresh
air and good food this Autumn, our recommended providores also make for
the ideal place to start, offering gourmet delicacies, treats and products from
around our country, ready to pack for any picnic.