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Summer's here folks -- along with 17
million good reasons to rediscover the
joys of alfresco dining.
And because we're a friendly, sup-
portive bunch at Scoop, known for
taking in homeless kittens and never, ever, saying
no to telephone salespeople from Third World
countries, we've come up with some simple but
Summer is here, so it is time to roll out the picnic rug and whip up
some quick alfresco nibbles, which will take time-challenged
gourmands no time at all. text jane cornes « images michael chestnutt & tim lofthouse
sexy ideas for your next outdoor dining experience.
As a card-carrying member of Bone Idle Hedonists
Inc, any alfresco nibble finding its way into my
repertoire has first to meet a set of strict criteria:
1. Must be obscenely easy and quick to make.
Extra points are awarded if it can be removed from
the package or wrapping and served as is.
2. Must look good on a platter, have no runny
bits and a zero squidge rating (to be fair, the
squidge rating thing can be waived in the case of
cheese platters featuring ripe brie, camembert).
3. Must be easy to eat either with fingers or, in
exceptional circumstances, one of those combined
fork, knife and spoon thingos usually referred to as
a splade but which could, when you think about
it, just as easily be called a foon or knork.
Fortunately, when it comes to buying quality
picnic fare, Perth has never had it so good.
Julie Mews is co-author of the just-released and
completely revised second edition of The Food
Lover's Guide to Perth, (Fremantle Press $24.95)
which includes comprehensive information on
Perth's finest and most interesting food retailers.
Julie says that in the two years since she and
co-author Lisa Hummel-Robson first published
their "treasure trove of dedicated food retailers",
they've discovered a further 79 gourmet food outlets
worthy of inclusion.
What's more, Julie says we should be having
more fun when we shop.
"Shop with an open mind, go and see what's
out there, make friends with the shopkeepers and
ask them that all-important question: "What's best
So that's exactly what I've done to bring you
this story, and jolly good fun it was, too. Below
you'll find four of my favourite gourmet outlets,
chosen because I reckon they offer you the best in
one-stop-shopping for your next gourmet picnic.
All the outlets I've listed carry an exceptionally
wide and wonderful range of products, along with
a big selection of quality cured meats and fancy
cheeses pretty much tailor-made for antipasto-style
Alongside the ingredients, I've also included
some ideas on how you might best use them to
enhance your next picnic.
Finally, to help you in your journey towards
look-at-me-I'm-a-food-wanker status, I've included
some basic recipes for my own favourite picnic
40 Jarrad St, Cottesloe. (08) 9284 5176
• HELP-YOURSELF SUNFLOWER SPROUTS. Often
hard to get in the bigger supermarkets. Not cheap
but a little goes a long way. Perfect as the finishing
touch on salads.
• BEAUTIFUL LOOSE HERBS AND SALAD LEAVES.
Choose from over 30 varieties, including the
• BOTTLES OF SEXY WATER. We know it's wanky
but we love those tall, cylindrical glass bottles of
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