Cottage weekend cuisine

Allow us to plan your weekend menus from Friday night supper to Sunday brunch.

Everyone delights in a weekend excursion, whether it's a weekly ritual or a rare few days away from the hustle and bustle. To make the most of your holiday time, we've planned the menus for the entire weekend for family and guests. With these east ideas you'll be able to enjoy the outdoors, soaking up the sun with everyone else.

Friday night features an easy barbecue menu that will put everyone in the mood for a great weekend. Start Saturday with a hearty breakfast including fresh-from-the-oven corn bread. Lunch can be a make-your-own affair with black bread, smoked fish or cold meats and freshly baked oatcakes.

Make the Saturday evening meal special with Crostini (crisp cheese fingers), chilled carrot soup, Barbecued Flank Steak and salads. Round out the meal with Lemon Marsala Syllabub with Black Fruit Salad.

The first one up Sunday morning can bake Banana Pecan Muffins or reheat frozen muffins you've prepared at home. The weekend ends with wonderful midday brunch.

Because summer is berry time, we've included a wide variety of these delicious fruits. You can substitute the freshest berries you can find for the ones we've called for. (Recipes are only provided for menu items marked with an asterisk.)

Friday night supper
Eggplant and Red Pepper Relish with Feta Butter *
Grilled Chicken with Rosemary *
Green Beans with Sour Cream *
Sliced Tomatoes and Cucumbers with Basil Vinaigrette
French Bread
Chocolate Marble Cake *
Fresh Fruits

Saturday morning family breakfast
Cantaloupe Wedges with Strawberries and Yogurt
Country Corn Bread with Real Corn *
Back Bacon
Scrambled Eggs
Very Berry Jam

Make-your-own lunch
Black Bread with Cream Cheese and Smoked Trout or Salami and Mustard
Brie Cheese
Oatcakes *
Raw Vegetable tray

Saturday night barbecue
Crostini *
Chilled Carrot Soup with Parsley and Chives *
Barbecued Flank Steak *
New Potato Salad with Thyme *
Summer Vegetable Medley in Creamy Dressing *
Lemon Marsala Syllabub with Black Fruit Salad *

Early-bird Sunday breakfast
Fresh Black and White Cherries
Banana Pecan Muffins *
Clover Honey or Choice Jams

Sunday brunch for guests
Chilled Tomato and Zucchini Soup with Yogurt *
Country Pate *
Pickled Pearl Onions and Cornichons
Pickled Herbed Mushrooms *
Onion Tart *
Tossed Summer Greens with Chervil Vinagrette
Vanilla Ice Cream with Fresh Raspberries

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