Summer in Europe is my favorite time of year, at some point we will always grab a rug, pack a picnic and often find a river to sit by and swim in; well I usually end up paddling while Kris and Oscar swim :)
There is something about taking your food outside that people seem to love and I find it starts with the excitement of packing the picnic basket.
A successful picnic does require a little planning ahead; finding the right location, having the right supplies and most importantly planning the menu… because no-one wants melted ice cream, food that needs reheating or finding out (as my husband and I did one summer) that you have no cutlery! In case you were wondering, it made for interesting eating and very sticky hands, and as a result will never be forgotten :)
Here are some delicious ideas for quick and easy things to make for your next picnic:
- Scotch Eggs made with soft runny quails eggs and wrapped in herby sausage meat then rolled in Panko breadcrumbs are a winner with our family.
- Mini spinach cheese and bacon quiches; feel free to add whatever fillings you like; chicken and mushroom; salmon and asparagus, cheese and ham.
- A fresh summer herb green salad with avocado, asparagus, fresh herb leaves and a fresh herb oil vinaigrette. Remember to take the dressing in a separate container to avoid soggy salad.
- Tomato and mozzarella salad with homemade roquette pesto
- A feta and mint dip is delicious with carrot, cucumber and celery sticks
- Smoked mackerel pate with some fresh seedy bread. Mix a shredded pack of 2 smoked mackerel fillets with 2 tbsp. soft cream cheese, 4 chopped spring onions, 1 tbsp. of horseradish, 1 tbsp. Greek yoghurt, juice of half a lemon and mix.
- Nothing beats home made scones, jam and cream and they freeze well too, not that there will be any left. You can replace the jam with fresh sliced strawberries too.
- Fresh cucumber and mint coolers are so easy to make; simply blitz 4 small cucumbers with a handful of fresh mint and either lemonade or soda water depending on how sweet you like it. These are so refreshing; serve with loads of ice and a spring of mint.
Happy picnicking this summer and remember...