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Travelling Taste Buds: Summer Fare and Tablescapes

Feature: Long Read
By Grace Cain

Whether you prefer seaside getaways or culture-filled city breaks, this year’s summer holidays might not involve the sort of global adventure you had planned. Fortunately, with a carefully considered menu and a few well-chosen accessories, your table can take you anywhere. Read on for inspiration on what to serve – and how to style it – for a little taste of escapism.  

A Garden in Provence

Hearty bouillabaisse, ratatouille bursting with fresh herbs, the salty zing of tapenade slathered over crusty bread: traditional French cooking meets Mediterranean flavours in this sun-soaked corner of France. To transform your table into a petit Provençal paradise, pair rustic table linens with an eclectic selection of patterned plates and – of course – plenty of Domaines OTT's Rosé.

 

A Café in Istanbul

Our Turkish Delight is a true delicacy, and we’re not just saying that: it’s handmade by the same family-run confectioner that perfected this post-dinner favourite over 250 years ago. In fact, this recipe was held in such high regard that its creators were appointed as the chief confectioners of the Ottoman Palace in the mid-19th century. One bite of this subtly sweet floral treat, and you’ll be transported to sunny Istanbul in no time.

A Villa in the Tuscan Hills

Homemade pasta in a thick tomato sauce, fresh bread soaked in olive oil and balsamic vinegar,and a glass of rich red winearebest enjoyed while overlooking the cypress tree-lined hills just outside Florence. We can’t promise a view of the verdant Italian landscape, but we can offer fresh pasta (courtesy of the Pasta Evangelists counter in ourFood Hall) and plenty of warm-toned, rustic accessories to bring your Tuscan table to life.

A Tea Room in Cornwall

Wherever you stand on the age-old cream tea debate (clotted cream first? Or jam?) there’s one thing on which we can all agree: you can’t go wrong with a cup of tea and a few biscuits. If you can’t make it to the great British seaside, bring a little taste of the West Country into your own garden with a tea party alfresco. Classic Wedgwood teacups and clotted cream fudge are a must.

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