The weather's been a bit changeable, but we've had some absolutely glorious days. To celebrate National Picnic Week Higgidy asked me to share my favourite picnic spot with them and you can find it along with other secret picnic spots around the country, tips and recipes in the Little Higgidy Picnic Guide. It's free so pop over there and download it.
I've put together my 10 top tips and top 10 favourite recipes to inspire your next picnic.
Top 10 Picnic Tips
my picnic baskets
- Make one or two stand out dishes, such as a really special salad, a pie or a quiche. The rest of the picnic should be simple finger food such as vegetable crudités, hummus, breadsticks, cheese and fruit.
- Brownies, muffins and cookies are great for a picnic dessert.
- Take a tablecloth instead of a rug to set the food out and sit on. It takes up less room, it's lighter and it's easier to wash.
- Make sure you have plenty of cutlery and napkins.
- Remember a bottle opener, this is the most commonly forgotten picnic item.
- Take baby wipes, they're great for wiping hands and moping up spills
- Remember to take bin bags for your rubbish.
- Take something to do after the picnic, a ball. a frisbee, cards or books.
- Remember to take layers and waterproofs. The weather is so changeable here in the UK.
Top 10 Picnic Recipes
Take some tasty chutney to serve with these rather fabulous scotch eggs.
If you don't have time to make chutney take your favourite shop-bought chutney.
Serve with vegetable crudités, breadsticks or oatcakes.
Again if you're pushed for time you could take good quality shop bought hummus or dips
with you, but make sure you have a cold pack or frozen water bottles to keep them cool.
I love stuffed picnic loafs. They are such showstoppers at a picnic, but simple to make. Add all your favourite fillings, put the lid back on, wrap, add a weight and chill in the fridge overnight, then cut at the picnic (make sure you take a bread knife with you).
The puffs are a modern and easy alternative to sausage rolls and the wrap, well that's one of my favourites. The surprise ingredient is marmalade!
The bulgur salad is a classic and travels well. The last salad is wonderful, but I'd take the beetroot in a separate container and add it when you put out the salad, or you will end up with a very pink salad.
These salads will also require a cool pack or frozen water bottles.
Chocolate always goes down well at a picnic and these brownies are particularly good.
Wrap the brownies individually in greaseproof paper and pop them in a tupperware box for less mess.
The blueberry loaf cake is one of my real standby cakes. Bake it with blueberries or raspberries. It's moist and has a wonderful vanilla flavour, but the best thing is it slices really well.
I hope I've inspired you to head out with a picnic soon. We all spend too much time caught up in our busy lifestyles, but it's so important to have some fun and make some memories. We'll never look back and feel joy at how much time we spent working or cleaning and I'm one of the biggest culprits. so I'm going to make the effort too this Summer.
Disclosure: Higgidy paid me to write my article for their ebook. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opnions expressed are my own.