There are two kinds of cottage-goers: 1. Those who go to the cottage looking forward to eating all the great cottage-related food and 2. Those who actually have to plan and prepare the meals and snacks. Please note: this second group of people are the Magnificent Heroes of the Cottage Weekend. They deserve many accolades and maybe some kind of medal ceremony.
It can be fun feeding the crowd, but planning a weekend around a hungry horde can get complicated. If you’re one of those who got elected Weekend Meal Planner by default (and turning out Zagat-worthy food extravaganza is not what you had in mind for a relaxing few days), here’s a quick shopping list to get you through.
Try planning out your meals in advance to cut back on prep time
once you’re at the cottage. Freeze your chicken or meat items in
freezer-safe bags with the marinade. That way, once it’s time to get
dinner ready, all you have to do is thaw and bake.
STICK TO BASICS WITH A TWIST
If you don’t want to eat the same thing every breakfast, lunch or
dinner, stick to basic meals like pancakes for instance but change
it up each day by adding something new. Some of our favourite
combinations are apple cinnamon, chocolate chip banana, and strawberry lemon.
QUICK & EASY RECIPES –
HAND CUT CHIPS
Thinly slice potatoes into 1/4 inch (1/2 cm) thick slices (or as thin as
you can make them). Lay flat on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil.
Sprinkle with rosemary, thyme, and sea salt and bake at 400°F (205°C) for 30 minutes.
HOMEMADE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
Whip up a batch of your favourite cookies and let them cool
completely. Try to make the cookies roughly the same size. Once
cool, place one scoop of ice cream between two cookies. If you don’t
plan on eating them right away, put in plastic wrap and place in the
freezer for a nice cold treat.
FOR A QUICK AND EASY DESSERT AT THE COTTAGE TRY OUR FROZEN GALETTE FOUND IN THE FREEZER SECTION (available in mixed berry, apple or mango).