A Nocturnal Beach Picnic, Wine and a Family Recipe
~ Sausage Plait with Sage and Onion ~
A Picnic! One of my favourite words in the English language…..nothing can deter me from having a good time, whether it is sunny or raining, it’s all of the fun of baking and making mountains of sandwiches just for the outdoor feast, as well as the prospect of eating outdoors, or as often happens with the British summer, in the car or under a hastily erected cover! The first usage of the word can be traced back to the 1692 edition of Tony Willis, Origines de la Langue Française, which mentions a “pique-nique”; that appears to be the first appearance of the word in print. The concept of a picnic has been linked with the idea of a meal to which everyone contributed something – such as our modern-day “Pot Luck Supper”. Whether the word picnic is actually based on the verb “piquer” which means ‘pick’ or ‘peck’ in French, with the rhyming “nique” meaning “something of little importance” is not known, although it’s often attributed as the origin of the word; however, the Oxford English Dictionary states that the word is of unknown provenance. The word picnic first appeared in the English language during the 16th Century, and was associated with the practice of eating an elegant meal out-of-doors, rather than agricultural worker’s meal out in the harvest field and amongst haystacks, which, is the usual pastoral image that we all have.
Back to my picnic, which was not in a corn field or by a babbling brook, it was a nocturnal Beach Picnic, on the shores of the Gironde Estuary in SW France……right on the sand! We met friends on the beach, and grabbed a picnic table and bench for the duration. We all brought something to eat, and the spread was a veritable feast…………cold roast chicken, baguette, pate and rillettes, cheese and ham sandwiches, potato salad, salad, olives, saucisson, cornichons, beer, wine, cider, squash and of course, my Picnic Pie - Sausage Plait with Sage and Onion.
This picnic pie is a little naughty, and I have been on a very strict diet lately, so it was a REAL treat for me to have a slice, and all that was needed to accompany it was a SMALL glass of wine and lots of fresh salad, and FRESH SEA AIR! We all sat by the sea for several hours before making our way up to the centre of the town (St Georges de Didonne) a mile away and enjoyed the nocturnal market that was being held there…..the town was buzzing with holiday makers and the smell of candy floss pervaded the air, creating a holiday and carnival atmosphere.
This old family recipe is not just for picnics however, it makes a GREAT family supper dish as well as a high tea treat……and talking of treats, as this is a PIE and is suitable for PICNICS, I am entering in to August’s Tea Time Treats Challenge, the theme of which is Picnic Pies and Tarts and is being hosted by Olympic Kate over at What Kate Baked.
That’s all for now, ENJOY the rest of the week and all this picnic weather we have been having………the recipe for my Sausage Plait with Sage and Onion is below and is part of my Monday Meal Plan, see you later, Karen.
As this has a GOODLY amount of SAGE in it, I am also adding this recipe to my
August Herbs on Saturday event.
Why not enter your Herb recipes too, there is a book up for grabs for the best recipe!