Summer dining, al fresco

So after all the complaining by MANY of us on social media at just how cold, wet and miserable the weather has been lately (SO grey outside) – out of the blue came the most glorious of weeks and a UK heatwave! The windows have been flung open of our family home, the freezer stocked up with ice lollies and our moods have all been lifted! I had to dig deep in my wardrobe and find my summer clothes again past all the jeans and sweaters that I have been wearing on repeat!

One of the best things about the arrival of the hot weather is that our garden finally becomes a space to use once more. This week, the patio doors have been permanently open; making the garden accessible and creating an extension of our home. It’s been SO nice to see the twins getting home from preschool and bouncing on the trampoline, playing water hose fights and generally enjoying being out in the fresh air.

We also love, love, love dining al fresco too – setting our patio table full of delicious food and eating together in the evening sunshine. It’s one of the nicest ways to spend some time together, away from chores and technology.

Sainsbury’s have a new summer campaign called ‘Out Out Out’, aimed at encouraging people to head outdoors to eat their meals and enjoy the English summer. They have some amazing new ranges of melamine homeware for families, for al fresco dining.

The lovely people there have been incredibly kind and sent me one of their beautiful new ranges this week (Hinterland) – in time for the bank holiday weekend, and heatwave! With it’s orange & blue colours and stylish patterns it feels very Moroccan. It has a luxury feel about it too. The earthy colours and tribal designs give it a really artisan look and feel.

Summer dining al fresco with the family Family BBQ time in the summer  Summer dining in the garden Summer flowers in the garden Sainsburys BBQ time - summer fun Dining with the Hinterland range with Sainsbury's this summer Summer family dining Summer nights with the family

View the Hinterland range

We made one of Sainsbury’s recipes from their summer range. We went for the tofu, seeing as neither Dave or I have tried it before. Here’s the one we used and what it looked like!

Tofu Kebab recipe:


  • 396g firm tofu
  • 75g dairy-free coconut yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 green pepper, cut into roughly 2cm pieces
  • 1 red pepper, cut into roughly 2cm pieces
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin chunks
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

For the raita:

  • 150g dairy-free coconut yogurt
  • 14g fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • ½ cucumber, seeds removed and coarsely grated
  • ½ tsp ground cumin

How to make the Tofu Kebab recipe

Tofu recipe from Sainsbury's this summer Making tofu with Sainsbury's this summer Tofu recipe - making family food this summer Dining this summer in the garden

View more summer recipes from Sainsbury’s!

We’re definitely excited to spend plenty of our time outside this summer; to enjoy more family BBQ’s and picnics together in the great outdoors! Out Out Out!

Love, Jess x

Jess Soothill

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  1. May 27, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    I am obsessed with Sainsbury’s homeware. I saw this range in my local store yesterday and I am already planning on buying it. As soon as the sun comes out we’re straight out in the garden having bbqs and making the most of having picnics. We just had our garden made over last year and have a huge table and chairs set so all the family can come and join us. I’ll definitely be investing in these pieces for our upcoming parties. I really love the Hinterland range. The colours and patterns are beautiful! xx

    • Jess
      June 12, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      Gorgeous isn’t it! Hopefully get some more hot days soon xx

  2. May 29, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Love this idea, and completely agree with eating out as soon as the weather allows us. Our garden isn’t the greatest space so we often pack up a picnic and head out. Groegous photo of you Jess x #wrc

    • Jess
      June 12, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      Thanks lovely xx

  3. May 29, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    I want to come to yours for a BBQ!! Our patio is still under construction but should be ready in a week or two and then I can go out and buy lots of lovely things. Sainsbury’s are nailing it on the interiors front at the moment, aren’t they? So many gorgeous products.

    • Jess
      June 12, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Come anytime!!!! xx

  4. June 2, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I think the last time we had a BBQ was about 3 years ago! It’s something I want to do more of this summer, especially now we’ve had our garden done. I like Sainsbury’s – I don’t shop there very often though so I’ll make the effort and pop in. Love your dress too by the way!

    • Jess
      June 12, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Love a good BBQ even if it’s really low key, or last minute xx

  5. June 7, 2017 / 10:19 am

    I love that photo of you Jess!! Totally with you on the al fresco dining too, I love it. I have to say, your food always looks really good xx

    • Jess
      June 12, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Thanks sweetie xx

  6. June 14, 2017 / 10:12 am

    Eating outside is one of the real joys of summer isn’t it! We try to do it as often as possible – I’m so happy the weather has warmed up again. I love the Sainsbury’s summer collection so much! Saw some awesome bits yesterday… #HomeEtc

  7. June 14, 2017 / 11:58 am

    There is nothing better than Alfresco dining.

    I saw the range in there last week and it is gorgeous, great sizes too x

  8. June 14, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Ah what a lovely time you’ve created – beautiful tableware and scrumptious food! xx #homeetc

  9. June 14, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    It all looks so beautiful and summery – I just love the rich colours of this range – gorgeous! Philippa x #Homeetc

  10. June 17, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    What beautiful outdoor tableware and I love the sound of that veggie kebab too! I’m not familiar at all with tofu so need to do something about that X #HomeEtc

  11. June 19, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Beautiful dinner set! Thank you for linking up with #Bloggershomes x

  12. June 20, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Gorgeous set! I love eating outside and I love Sainsbury’s homeware. It’s so trendy and such a good price.

  13. June 20, 2017 / 11:20 am

    That’s a lovely set – very tribal and perfect for our current sunshine treats. I was looking at some of the outdoor bits in Sainsbury at the weekend, lots of lovely brights, perfect for outdoors. Your tofu looks good, hope it was tasty #HomeEtc

  14. June 21, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    I love the idea of al fresco dining. Your tableware is gorgeous and the food looks delicious. What did you think to the tofu, I’ve never tried it but I do like quorn. #bloggershomes

  15. June 23, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    What a great idea – I send our proper plates outside and worry about them getting smashed. #bloggershomes

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