Give your summery get-togethers a carnival makeover


1. Snack South American-style

Dot a few bowls of tortillas around the table, alongside crudités and these cute pepper pot dippers. Cut the stem ends off washed peppers, remove the seeds and fill with dips like including beetroot houmous, garlic and chive dipguacamole and salsa.

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2. Go nuts for coconut

Reach for some carnival-style refreshment such as a glass of pineapple and cream of coconut topped with soda. You could also whack some salmon on the BBQ and make this delicious Thai-inspired salad.

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3. Add some zest

No Brazilian-inspired BBQ is complete without a splash of lime, and corn on the cob wears it so well. Try this chilli-lime barbecued sweetcorn with a tasty herb butter. Packed with lime, red chilli, coriander, crushed garlic and cayenne pepper, it takes corn on the cob to a whole new zesty level.

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4. Supersize refreshments

It’s not just food that gets the sharing treatment at a Brazilian-style get-together. Drinks get a look-in too. Try this thirst-quenching watermelon crush – served inside a carved out watermelon, everyone can stick a straw in and sip on a cooling combo of citrus and soda water.

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5. Get fruity

Exotic fruity flavours will instantly give alfresco gatherings a Brazilian edge. Sweet griddled pineapple makes a delicious dessert that’s perfect for rustling up on the barbecue. 

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6. Cool down with sorbet cups

Round off your Brazilian BBQ with cooling citrus sorbet cups. Cut lemons and limes in half, squeeze the juice out and scoop out any remaining pulp. Fill with scoops of lemon or raspberry sorbert and you’re done! 

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7. Tuck into sharing dishes

Brazilians know how to celebrate carnival-style, and when it comes to food, that means huge dishes everyone can share. These barbecued pork ribs will have guests drooling, and this wild rice and avocado salad makes a fresh-tasting accompaniment.

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