The Road Ahead : December 2013
THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2013/JAN 2014 ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 20 LIFESTYLE | QLD LIVING IMAGE: LHASA OUTDOOR RUG AND PRETZEL CHAIR (ECOCHIC.COM.AU). MAKE THIS DELICIOUS FISH DISH AND REFRESHING COCKTAIL COMBO TO WOW FRIENDS AND FAMILY. BARBECUED FISH AND NECTARINE SALAD INGREDIENTS (Serves 4): 4 thick firm white fish fillets (e.g snapper, barra); 3 white nectarines (chopped); 4 yellow nectarines (chopped); 1 large red chilli (seeded and sliced); 2 spring onions (sliced); ½ cup coriander sprigs; ½ tsp sesame oil; 2 tblsp fish sauce; 1 tblsp brown sugar. METHOD: Cook the fish fillets on a lightly oiled barbecue hot plate until tender. Combine the nectarines, chilli, spring onion and coriander. Whisk together the sesame oil, fish sauce and brown sugar, drizzle over salad, toss to coat. Serve the fish topped with the salad. FRUITY NECTARINE COCKTAILS INGREDIENTS (Serves 6): 6 yellow nectarines (chopped); 3 white nectarines (chopped); 1½ litre chilled cranberry and apple juice; 6 mint sprigs. METHOD: Puree the yellow nectarines and divide between six glasses. Carefully pour the cranberry and apple juice on top of the puree, top with a little chopped white nectarine and garnish with mint sprig. TIP: To make a refreshing summer cocktail, replace half of the cranberry and apple juice with chilled rosé wine. summerfruit.com.au summer stone fruit 2. 3. home and away 5. 1. CREATE A DREAM OUTDOOR AREA WITH THESE SIMPLE TIPS 1. Hammock thetoucanshop.com 2. 'Dinna' Meal Set brandsunitedgroup.com.au 3. Drinking Jars rainysunday.com.au 4. Ceramic pineapple jar lifestylehomeandliving.com.au 5. Acapulco Chair outdoorfurnituresuperstore.com.au Didn't book a summer holiday? Don't despair -- with a few simple and inexpensive tweaks you can turn your outdoor area into your own private oasis. If your outdoor furniture is starting to look a bit tired, consider giving it a lick of paint. When choosing colours, consider the feeling you want to create in the space. 'Brights' can be great for a vibrant, celebratory feel and softer colours work well to create a relaxing and tranquil space. Complete the look with some cushions in a complementary colour and pattern. Another way to add some colour and create a focal point in your outdoor space is by adding an outdoor rug. Many of these are made from recycled plastics, are very durable and only require wiping over with a damp cloth to keep them clean. As far as other decorative items, you really can't beat plants to liven up a dull space -- think about varying your use of plants around the space, from hanging baskets, planter boxes to groups of various sized round pots. Lighting is an ideal way to bring a festive feel to evenings outdoors. There are a wide variety of solar lights available, including fairy lights, garden lights and even lanterns that can add some party pizzazz to your place. our favourites 4.
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