When I was a little girl, picnics were one of my very favourite things. Now I am fully grown and ‘let’s meet for a picnic’ brings me out in a slight nervous sweat. I love the idea of eating outside. I love giving my children happy memories of youth spent under shady boughs. I truly love that I don’t need to sweep under the table. However, taking a picnic beyond the cultural staple of white sliced bread sandwiches, a packet of crisps and some fruit, takes some planning and forethought….and I don’t excel at either. I try to avoid adding an extra shop into the week, I try to keep it low cost, quick to make and (depending on how I’m feeling) either positively nutritionally beneficial or just ‘not too bad’.
Here are some of the ideas I have come up with to make the planning/ packing process easier. Below, I’ve also listed a few useful bits and bobs that are worth buying in to save prep time. Despite my feelings on the matter, we actually eat outside a lot so these are probably more for everyday picnics than great spiffing picnic occasions.
In general I try to stay away from white flour as much as I can, which is why sandwiches don’t feature highly on the list. My kids (unfortunately) do not love brown sourdough sandwiches. However, I have realised that the bread magically becomes ‘fun’ if I slice it very thinly, add a little oil/fat and crisp in the oven. These ‘crackers’ are great for dips.
- A thick Spanish style omelette (either home made or unearthed have a lovely omelette Spanish omelette for a reasonable price), chorizo, cucumber and carrot sticks, sourdough bread or ‘crackers’, boiled new potatoes.
- Cold sausages, veg sticks and humous.
- A bowl of egg mayo with crackers for dipping or buttered bread.
- Rice with peas and sweet corn and lots of olive oil (this is actually one of the easiest picnics I make and my kids always eat it well, although it is not one for eating indoors…..rice everywhere!)
- Cubed boiled potatoes, peas, olives and tuna (with optional red onion) with plenty of olive oil and salt added at the end
- Wraps made with cool chile tortillas
Dried mango/ fruit
Yoghurt and honey pots
Chopped up melon
Great little extras to have in to make picnic packing easier
Mini chorizos (unearthed are great quality)
Pork crackling crisps (awfully posh pork crackling)
Unearthed spanish omelettes
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