Enjoy National Picnic Week with
Pies, Pasties, Cakes & Sandwiches!
My TOP Picnic Recipes
This week, between the 16th and 22nd of June marks one of my favourite ways to eat, it’s National Picnic Week! We are a picnic family, it goes right back to my early childhood days in South Africa and Hong Kong, when I was popped into an “outspan box” (an orange box) which was placed on the back seat of an old Morris Minor and my mum and dad would take off on long road trips all over South Africa, as well as local trips for picnicking on the beach. I obviously can’t remember much from those days, as I was a baby and a toddler, but I can remember numerous other picnic days, and the excitement and anticipation I used to feel when my parents announced we were going on a picnic is still with me today, it must be in my genes!
As the fabulous illustration by Cindy Mangomini shows above, there is picnic protocol – one needs to get it just right when one plans a picnic! There are essentials to pack, such as napkins, a rug (preferably tartan or plaid!), sun-cream (if you are lucky in the UK!), cushions (for wimps, and I have become very wimpy lately!), lots of plastic bags (for dirty plates and rubbish), bottles of water by the dozen and a parasol or beach umbrella for shade too. Then there’s the food and drinks to consider – the most popular picnic food from our family picnics were:
Top fillings to include – Cheese & Tomato, Cheese & Pickle, Cheese & Onion, Beetroot, Ham & Pickle, Ham & Mustard, Cold Chicken, Egg & Cress and sometimes Cold Beef and/or Lamb
We always had some sort of pie or pasties on a picnic! Mum was (and still is) a wonderful pastry cook and fillings were as follows: Cheese & Onion, Cheese, Potato & Onion, Egg & Bacon, Sausage Plait, Corned Beef & Potato, Steak & Kidney, Gala Pie and Chicken & Mushroom
Mum always used to add a salad of some sort, even if it was just a few lettuce leaves, cucumber and tomatoes.
Cakes came in all shapes and sizes and were ALWAYS home-made.
Such as packets of crisps, fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, pickled onions, chutney, relish and packets of biscuits.
NEVER any alcohol, apart from a bottle of beer for dad (sometimes) and a shandy for mum maybe and always home-made “squash” that was decanted into a “Tupperware” jug or individual beakers with lids!
When the weather is inclement or cold, we still enjoy picnics, but with flasks of soup and hunks of bread, as well as hot chocolate and slabs of fruity tray-bakes – for us, as a family, picnics are for all year round, but I must admit to being very fond of the lazy, hazy, sun-filled summer picnics the best. Today’s post is also an opportunity to share some of my recently commissioned “picnic style” recipes with you, and the following “edible and photographic list” is just a small sample of some of my latest recipes creations……
Picnic Recipes by Karen S Burns-Booth:
And, as well as these commissioned recipes, I also have a special picnic category on Lavender and Lovage here: Picnics on Lavender and Lovage, so do take time to browse what I have on offer there. It’s time to go now, as I REALLY do have a picnic to prepare – the sun is shining and we are meeting some friends on the beach this evening for a nocturnal beach picnic…..but before I go, I would like to share THREE of my most popular picnic recipes, as well as a rather nifty infogram from the Picnic Week website too……..have fun and see you soon for a very special Summer Solstice post, Karen