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Lazy summer days are here so I’m planning on getting my picnic on. Just like eating Golden Gaytimes, getting sand in your bathers, and drinking too much rosé, picnics are an essential part of summer for me. It’s a rule of summer that you have to have a certain number of picnics in order to make the most of it. It’s also a rule that everything tastes better when eaten outside.
But picnics do take a bit of effort – it’s all about preparation. You need the right food and drinks and the perfect picnic spot. Here are my tips.
Portability is the key here; forget about attempting to bring an elaborately iced cake. Food that is made for sharing also works well. I like to pack a cheese board to start, then add in something substantial like sausage rolls or a homemade tart alongside a salad. For dessert I keep it simple with fresh fruit. Drinks wise it’s hard to go past a bottle of champagne or fizz. If you’re going for beer or wine opt for twist tops to make it easy and remember not to drink and drive!
Here are seven of my favourite picnic-friendly recipes for some food inspiration.
- Bourke Street Bakery’s pork and fennel sausage rolls
- Cherry tomato and caramelised onion tart
- Mini salmon and dill fish cakes
- Dukkah roasted carrot, quinoa and kale salad (otherwise known as my “hipster salad”)
- Roasted cauliflower, chickpea and quinoa salad
- Potato, egg and bacon salad
- Mango and soba noodle salad
I’m the proud owner of an old school wicker picnic basket which contains actual crockery and glassware. It’s absolutely beautiful and makes even the simplest picnic feel like a special event, although it’s also really, really heavy. So if my picnic location involves a bit of a walk it’s often easier to throw some plates, food and a blanket in a backpack. This month I’ve been borrowing the zippy QASHQAI SUV from Nissan, which has a brilliant Divide-N-Hide™ cargo system in the boot, so there was plenty of space for all my picnic gear.
As the real estate agents say, it’s all about location, location, location. For a picnic with wow factor, try picnicking on the beach or at your local botanic garden. Thanks to the Nissan QASHQAI’s four wheel drive capability, this last month I’ve been a little more adventurous in where I’ve headed, so don’t rule out that perfect picnic spot hidden away in the bush. Nissan’s compact SUV made it easy to switch between on road and off road, heading from the city to venturing onto dirt roads.
Thanks to the advent of food delivery services like UberEATS, Deliveroo and Endulj, the cheat’s way of picnicking is just to order delivery direct to your picnic rug. I tried this out in the Botanic Gardens recently with Endulj and it worked a treat. I just entered directions to the nearest crossroads and went and met the delivery driver as he arrived. They’ll provide you with paper plates, cutlery and even drinks if you want. Too easy.
Thanks to Nissan for partnering with me for this post.