Long weekend cooking

Published on 1 November 2019

Photo: Puttanesca-baked white fish

With the long weekend around the corner, there are plenty of opportunities to spend more time in the kitchen, experimenting with new dishes or cooking for friends and family. From the salad you can take to a barbecue to the dreamy breakfast in bed you’ve been promising to make for months, these recipes cover almost every scenario the weekend is likely to throw up. Get cracking.


Zucchini, feta and mint fritters - A crowd-pleasing vegetarian snack that's easy to prepare.

Feed a crowd

Puttanesca-baked white fish - An olive and chilli-spiked sauce make for a bold centrepiece on the table. To feed more people, simply up the quantity of fish and double the sauce.

Quick Vietnamese coleslaw - Armed with a store-bought roast chicken and some cooked prawns, you can win at the salad game this weekend.

Prawns with sambal and pineapple - Prawns on the barbecue are always a winner. This Indonesian-inspired recipe ramps up the spice and adds fresh flavours of grilled pinapple, lemongrass and lime.

Breakfast in bed

Cinnamon French toast with yoghurt and quince - Because if you're not making French toast on a long weekend, what are you doing with your life?

Cooking projects

Gin and tonic marshmallow - Your favourite warm-weather drink in dessert form is worth every minute spent in the kitchen.

Matt Preston's bread - There's no kneading required in this recipe, just time. 

Want more inspiration? Take a look at all the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival recipes.