So you’ve got together all your essential items for your picnic. Now it’s to think about exactly what food you want to take for that magical day out.
No picnic would be complete without an assortment of sandwiches. Cucumber, egg mayo and ham salad are great options along with the classic ‘club’ sandwich.
2. Pork pies
Mini pork pies are a good choice as they don’t require cutlery. They can be spiced up with dips and sauces. If you’re a real lover of the pork pie then you might consider the large size, although you’d need to make sure you don’t forget a decent knife to cut it.
3. Sausage rolls
Another staple of the English picnic, sausage rolls are more finger food. If you have the time before the day, making your own makes them even more enjoyable: just mix sausage meat, sage, salt and pepper and roll in pastry before cooking.
Not loved by everyone, but I can’t get enough of them. You can get them in various flavours including cheese and onion, cheese and bacon, cheese and ham, asparagus (what no cheese?!!) to name just a few. It’s a pretty versatile dish and a nice addition to a picnic.
Salad is a summer staple and a ‘must-have’ for any picnic. I’m not the biggest salad fan so to ensure it isn’t boring, I like to pack a couple of different dressings.
6. Vegetables and dips
Raw veggies – carrots, celery, red / green peppers etc. – cut into sticks are a simple picnic food, not to mention probably the most nutritious. Pair up with the dip(s) of your choice and, presto, hunger abated!
7. Potato salad
If you want a potato dish, you can’t go wrong with this one. Boil and cube new potatoes and mix with salt, pepper, mayo and a dash of spring onion for the perfect potato salad.
8. Flask of coffee
This is one of my staples. If you prefer tea then feel free to use that instead. For myself, I can’t survive going a whole day without at least a couple of cups of coffee! So just in case there isn’t a coffee shop nearby to the chosen picnic spot this is a definite must.
9. Home-made lemonade
If you can’t be bothered then shop-bought lemonade works just as well, as long as it’s the ‘old-school’ type – that “R-whites” stuff is a definite no-no! If you fancy having a go at this signature drink of the English picnic: mix 1 litre of water with the juice of 4 lemons and 100 grams of caster sugar. Then mix. Simples!
Okay, I’ve never done this but it does appeal to me. It certainly would give your picnic a bit of a ‘wow’ factor, especially if your with a bunch of friend. Many supermarkets carry a selection of pre-made sushi rolls and they’re another great finger food.