What is it that makes a picnic so exciting? Lying under the sun, enjoying the smell of fresh grass and a great view, sipping on a refreshing punch, eating delicious little bites and loads of fresh fruit… If you’ve found yourself wishing you were spreading your picnic rug on a fresh meadow under the sun, we can’t blame you. We’re mad about picnics too! This is our list of six things that make a picnic a perfect experience.
1. The weather
If you live in the British Islands, you know what we’re talking about if we say “changeable weather”. Ideally, your picnic day should be bright, sunny and a bit warm, to allow you to sit on the grass comfortably. If the day fails to meet these characteristics, you can always try an indoor picnic… It’s more exciting than it sounds! Find a cosy corner in the house and spread your picnic blanket on the carpet. Put some feelgood music on and start enjoying your selection of food!
2. The location
Spreading your blanket in a meadow á la Famous Five isn’t always possible for those who live in a busy city. But finding a sunny spot in a grassy place is definitely achievable! If you’re up for something a bit more adventurous, check the National Trust website for some inspiration. P.S. Don’t forget your sunglasses.
3. The company
Taking a bunch of good friends along will definitely improve the picnic experience. But, having said that, we must admit that there’s something very charming in a solo picnic too. Grab a book, treat yourself, relax and enjoy.
4. The food
When we’re talking about picnic food, the perfect equation is maximum enjoyment, minimum effort. Here’s a list of our favourites:
- Spanish green olives. Choose a fat and oily variety. We love Gordales or Aloreñas!
- Your favourite bread, ideally something that you can tear with your hands (focaccia, anyone?)
- A light frittata cut into squares. We love it with added greens, such as spinach, peas or asparagus.
- Mini plum tomatos with fresh basil. Fresh, juicy, flavoursome.
- Tired of hummus? Try an aubergine dip. Thinly slice one aubergine and half an onion. Put some olive oil in a pan, add smoked paprika and the vegetables and sautée. Add salt, pepper and oregano to taste. Add some pinenuts and let it cook until the aubergine and the onion are soft. Refrigerate overnight, it will intensify the flavour.
- A savoury loaf. Get creative and experiment with basic recipes! We are in love with this chorizo, pistachio and sundried tomato recipe)
- Heaps of fresh fruit… especially berries!
5. The drinks
Fill a glass bottle with delicious, sugar-free cold-infused tea. Genmaicha, Amber or Sencha are perfect with savoury food. All you have to do is use 1 teaspoon of tea leaves per 100ml and let it cold infuse for at least 6 hours, then strain it to remove the tea leaves. And have you tried our Rosebud & Lemon Verbena Summer Punch? The taste of summer in a glass!
6. The picnic gear
Donna Hays has some great practical ideas to picnic in style. But if you live nearby, you can always pop to Lahloo Pantry and grab a delicious takeaway picnic and some cold-infused tea!