After a week of rain, the sun is shining and I have to say it really cheers me up.
Cooper and I went to the pictures this morning to see The Secret Life of Pets, which we both enjoyed and we had a really fun walk home along the nature trail. It's so good to get some fresh air and not be wrapped up in waterproofs.
As I type this up the boys are out in the front garden washing the car inside and out with
hindrance help from the dogs. It really needed it. Graham isn't the best at keeping a clean car and lets face it I have enough to do.
Cooper has his new booster seat fitted and chair tidy in place and the dogs have new waterproof bedding in the boot. The car is lovely and clean again. A job well done.
Before I start making dinner I'm thinking about tomorrow. If it stays nice then a picnic lunch would be great. We're going to St Andrews tomorrow, so we could take one with us and enjoy it on the beach.
We're heading to St Andrews for a spot of dress shopping. I was delighted and awed to find out that I've been shortlisted for best blog in the Good Housekeeping Awards, so a new dress is definitely in order for the ceremony (and shoes too). I'll have to make it fun for the boys as they hate shopping, so the promise of fun on the beach and a picnic should definitely help my case.
I made this picnic loaf ages ago and I'm thinking I'll whip another one up tonight and pop it in the fridge for tomorrow. These stuffed loaves are great to take with you when you head out for a walk or picnic as they're self contained, so they keep really well until you are ready to eat them.
You just have to remember and take a good knife and small cutting board with you as well as napkins.
The filling can be anything you like, there are so many options. This one was full of my favourites, but you can vary it with your choice of sandwich fillings. I always think as well as salad some cheese or vegan cheese is good for a change of texture and pickle perks up the flavours. I'll leave you to decide. This one was rather good though, so I encourage you to try it.
Best Summer Stuffed Picnic Loaf
A bright and colourful picnic loaf, layered with delicious sandwich fillings and wrapped overnight for a self-contained picnic lunch that will bring a smile to everyone's face (with veggie and vegan options). Why not use this technique and try your own filling. It's perfect for summer lunches.
- 1 small farmhouse loaf
- 4 tsp dairy free pesto
- 1 large handful of baby spinach and rocket
- 8-10 sundried tomatoes, patted dry with kitchen paper
- a large handful fresh basil
- 200g fresh mozzarella or Violife dairy free mozzarella, sliced
- 1 large roasted red pepper, sliced
- 4 pickled baby beets, patted dry on kitchen paper
- a grinding of black pepper
1. Slice the top off the loaf, this will become the lid of your stuffed loaf. Set aside.2. Scoop out the soft crumb centre, until you have a bread bowl. The spare bread can be whizzed up into breadcrumbs and frozen for another dish.3. Spread the base of the bread bowl with the pesto.4. Top with a layer of baby spinach and rocket, then add the sundried tomatoes. Top these with the basil leaves, then a layer of creamy mozzarella. Top the cheese with the pepper, then a layer of halved baby beets before you replace the lid. The loaf should be full of ingredients before you add the lid and you can season the layers with a little black pepper.5. Wrap the stuffed loaf in clingfilm and place in the fridge with a tin of beans on top to weigh it down. This will help compress the layers.6. Chill in the fridge overnight.7. Cut into slices and enjoy!
DetailsTotal time (excluding chilling):
Yield: Serves 4
If you like the look of this sandwich,
you may like to try these:
|The Ultimate Vegan Sandwich|
|The Veggie BLT|
Have a great weekend my friends.