Year round, we have a picnic basket on standby just incase our timid sun decides to show it’s warm smile. Few things beat a picnic in lush countryside, in your local park or even a garden square. Ready to go at the first glimmer of sunshine, our basket contains two large picnic rugs, plastic plates, cutlery, cups, sun tan lotion, a frisbee, a badminton set and a thermos flask.
Food wise, I prefer to have lots of vegetables and keep the meat and bread to a minimum, to make it a lovely and healthy alfresco experience. Try a mix of the following in Tupperware pots: grated cheese and a piece of Brie, cold roast chicken, homemade mayonnaise, cherry tomatoes cut in half with mini mozzarella balls, olive oil and chopped basil, houmous with carrot, celery and cucumber sticks for dipping, couscous with raisins, apricots, a little cumin and cinnamon with chopped parsley mixed in, boiled quail’s eggs, and a mix of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. As for a drink, Elderflower Cordial made with fizzy water and a few sliced strawberries looks pretty and is wonderfully refreshing try Belvoir, perfect for a picnic.
For maximum fun and giggles on your picnic you could try taking one of my Burgon and Ball ‘Buckets of Fun’. There are five in all, perfect for all outdoor activities; from camping, to games, to lemonade making. A great addition to chuck into the back of the car with the hamper, one of these will provide endless entertainment, especially if you’re partial to an egg and spoon race! My buckets of Fun are available here and for more picnic inspiration visit http://www.nationalpicnicweek.co.uk/.