Seasonal Picnic Food

Sprawled on a blanket in a sunbaked park on lazy hazy days, surrounded by friends and family, drinks flowing and an abundance of food laid out before you. Quintessential Summer. 

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But what food is it? Have your picnicking dreams ever screamed to a halt because you don't quite know what's best at this time of year that would make for a good spread? Worry not, check below for a suggested picnic menu, to have the picnic of your dreams. And if you want to picnic and take part in #plasticfreejuly check out Elea's post a few days ago on tips for a plastic free picnic. 

Suggested menus

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vegan friendly 

Falafel balls & Baba Ganoush

Carrot sticks & hummus

Lentil Tabbouleh

Pita breads (recipe here to cut out the plastic!)

Selection of fruit (cherries are in season right now, eat them!)

 

 

 

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veggie friendly

Radishes, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks & aioli dip

Broad Bean, roasted beetroot and soft cheese salad

Rustic loaf & your favourite Cheese 

Selection of fruit (raspberries are also in season right now, eat them too!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a meatier crowd

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Hard-boiled eggs, mini sausages & mustard mayo dip

Cucumber sticks & hummus

A classic Caesar salad

Baguette & a soft cheese or a cheddar

Selection of cooked meats

Selection of fruit (and blueberries are also in season right now, aren't we spoilt for berries!)

 

 

 

 

a brief note on picnics

The word picnic comes from the french 'Pique-nique' first mentioned in a 1692 edition of Origines de la Langue Françoise de Ménage  and appears to mean 'picking' + random word that rhymes with pique...

Anyhow, turns out the French and then the English had begun a tradition of social events where everyone invited had to turn up with a dish. Then gradually other time these became alfresco affairs and the word definition moved to mean a gathering to eat food outdoors. It's rather a shame we've lost the 'everyone bring a dish' aspect, so maybe when you're looking at the menus above for your next foray into picnicking you can ask your friends to each bring a dish from the menu. If they protest at least you can claim you were just trying to be historically accurate!

 

Peas, love & cider

Charlotte

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what am i eating this week?

peas, more peas, broad beans, radishes, broccoli, courgettes, cherries