I'm very excited to finally be able to share with you a project I've been living, breathing, dreaming, testing and tasting since last summer.
As I prepared for Christmas, celebrated New Year and enjoyed time around the table with family and friends, I found myself seeking inspiration that would make the holiday season feel more relaxed and fun. And so the idea of a summer annual filled with easy, affordable recipes was born.
Over the next few months the annual grew to include not only 150+ recipes, but also menu suggestions
for every occasion, including a Christmas feast that you can tailor to meet your budget and guestlist. I couldn't resist adding a gardening section, stories for summer beach reading, and links to my favourite foodie websites.
As well as recipes for lazy holiday brunches and picnics, pre-Christmas cocktail parties, cooking with kids and delicious desserts, I've shared my recipes for perfect pizza dough, a magic multi-purpose baking mix and some simple homemade gifts (with free downloadable gift tags). You'll also discover the $25 supermarket trip that'll change your
cooking forever, and a holiday shopping list that'll take the stress out of getting away to the beach or bach.
And check out page 158 for the chance to win a year's supply of Silver Fern Farms gourmet meat, a worm farm with Tui garden products, and my Simple Pleasures book and DVD.
Summer’s free-spirited outdoor lifestyle reminds us that we’re part of nature and its cycles. It also allows us precious moments of spontaneity when we can head out for a picnic, invite friends over for an impromptu meal, bake something we’ve never tried before, forage for roadside fruit or cook over a fire.
This is what my philosophy of ‘living a free range life’ is all about – the idea that food is a conduit that links you to nature and the world around you, to community and other cultures, to family and friends and to your own self and your creativity.
I'm really proud to bring you Annabel Langbein: A Free Range Life. At only $19.95 from supermarkets, bookstores and other retailers throughout New Zealand (or via my website shop here), it's everything you need for a great summer. Don't leave home without it!