AL FRESCO FAMILY FEASTS
Quick and easy picnic ideas with a little Gourmade flair
by Sarah ▪ 06 May, 2021
There’s something exciting about a picnic, whatever age you are – but as a child, they’re just magical. We don’t mean a sandwich munched on a log while walking the dog, as fun as that can also be – we mean setting out a nice blanket and an array of fascinating nibbly bits on proper picnic plates (to be environmentally friendly, try resuable ones like this beautiful bamboo butterly set).
Unless it’s a big occasion, a family picnic doesn’t need to be a lot of work and stress. Some of the best sandwich fillings are oldies and goodies – and they also tend to be cheap, easy to make, and palatable to small people. You simply can’t go wrong with good ol’ cheese and ham – or, for a leetle more prep, egg, tuna or chicken salad.
Yes, food on cocktail sticks may feel a bit retro, but that’s in vogue right now. Besides, eating food off a stick is great fun!
Obviously you can’t mention cocktail sticks without a nod to the classic cheese and pineapple. It still works – go for a fairly mature cheddar for a cracking contrast of salt and sweet. Delicious. Fresh pineapple works best but if you’re trying to save time, you can buy it pre-chunked. (You could even prep in advance by using frozen chunks and letting them defrost.)
Quality, focused time spent with other is how memories are made. Eating delicious finger foods with family heads up the list, but why not add to the jollity with some outdoor games?