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Classic Picnic Food

Summer is here and with it thoughts of warm sunny weather, walks along the beach and family trips to the park come to mind.

But what do you eat whilst you are out and about?

How about a picnic! Not only are they a classic way to eat food outdoors but they can be fun, exciting and easy to adapt to all diets including vegan.

But what makes a picnic such a great outdoor activity is the ease in which you can set up and clear away and all without taking too much with you, setting up a picnic is much easier than a BBQ!

Picnic food by definition is small, bite sized and usually cooled or chilled making sure you don’t need to take a small kitchen set up with you when you travel.

All you need is a large cooler bag or picnic hamper if you are feeling a little nostalgic and you are good to go. Most hampers and bags will have space for drinks too, saving you a little less to carry separately.

You don’t have to be fancy with your food either, there are plenty of simple classic picnic foods available for you to buy or make that are just as delicious.

Which is why we have come up with a list of 5 classic picnic food ideas you should always consider when planning your picnic.


Classic Picnic Food #1: Potato Salad

A fantastic side, that can be simply made with just new potatoes, mayonnaise, chives and a splash of lemon juice. Easy to make and store, you can also add other ingredients if you’d like, including spring onions, egg and even bacon.

Classic Picnic Food Potato Salad

There are also some great shop bought versions of this too if you don’t want to make it yourself.


 

Classic Picnic Food #2: Scones

A British classic, the scone is the perfect addition to your picnic. And is surprisingly easy to make and adapt. Add dried fruit or cherries for a delicious sweet treat or add cheese for something a little more savoury.

Classic Picnic Food Scones

Scones can also be made plain depending on your tastes and dietary needs.


 

Classic Picnic Food #3: Scotch Eggs

The perfect balance of egg, sausage meat and breadcrumbs, the scotch egg has long been a picnic favourite.

Classic Picnic Food Scotch Eggs

Easily made in to mini versions by using scrambled egg rather than a whole one and can be made with falafel instead of sausage meat for a vegetarian alternative.


 

Classic Picnic Food #4: Sandwiches

No, not the most exciting of picnic foods but they are a classic. Easy to make and with a wide variety of fillings it’s easy to see why. If you want to be a bit more adventurous try baking your own bread or use bagels instead.

Classic Picnic Food Sandwiches

Fill them with both meat and meat free alternatives and you have an easy classic picnic food ready in minutes.


 

Classic Picnic Food #5: Sausage rolls

A picnic staple, the sausage roll is a classic ready to eat finger food. It can be made and cooked in advance. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Sausage rolls can also be cut or made in to small bite size pieces.

Classic Picnic Food Sausage Rolls

For a vegetarian alternative simply replace the sausage meat filling with a cheese and onion filling instead.

There you have our 5 classic picnic food ideas, we hope you enjoy both them and your picnic!

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How To Do It: Outdoor Entertaining in Style

Celebrating a special moment, or just getting together with friends? Make the most of the warmer weather by moving the party outdoors. Enjoy balmy nights, flowing conversation, and your favourite music beneath the stars.

To get you inspired for your next summer party, read on to discover how to add style and flair to even the most casual outdoor get-together.


Create the setting

Size shouldn’t be a restriction when it comes to entertaining outdoors. Whether you’ve got a balcony or an enormous lawn, with the right additions you can make any outdoor space feel festive, welcoming and fun.

An easy way to set the party tone is by adding a splash of vibrant colour. Try stringing up a garland of paper lanterns from low hanging branches or fixtures. Set a table outside with crisp linens and vibrant posies of flowers. You may also simply add a string of coloured bunting to transform an ordinary space into something special.

Outdoor garden lanterns

Do stick to a single theme though. This is to keep it looking organised and put together. A one or two colour scheme is a great start. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could choose a theme around a particularly inspiring idea!


Make it cosy

Outdoor entertaining shouldn’t have to mean perching on uncomfortable foldable stools or plastic chairs. Why not bring a touch of indoor comfort to the outdoors instead?

8 Seater Cube Garden Patio Furniture Set

But hold fire before you start to lug that sofa suite into the garden. Add cosy touches to outdoor furnishing, to soften the area. Create comfort and make it feel more inviting. Throw pillows and a generous pile of soft, brightly coloured cushions and pouffes can transform a garden bench into an exotic and enchanting space.

Lucio Fire Bowl

For the ultimate in outdoor cosiness, add an outdoor fire pit. There’s really nothing quite like relaxing around a crackling fire as the summer sun sets around you.


Light up the night

Rattan Garden Lantern Fairy Light String

Make a summer evening party feel magical by lighting up the outdoor world. Choose lighting carefully to create ambiance, warmth and atmosphere.

LE Solar Fairy Lights

Try a combination of different lighting. Trails of solar powered string lights will create a gentle fairy-tale glow. Pathways can be lit up with tea lights placed in jam jars. And of course, candles are a classic lighting choice! Just make sure they’re placed safely to avoid any hazards.

Solar butterfly lights string

Are you planning an outdoor party this summer? How will you do it? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Summer Wedding Buffet Food Ideas

So you’ve decided to go for a Summer wedding. Before we start, we’d just like to say congratulations on getting married!

Table setting

We know that your wedding is one of the biggest and most important days of your lives. Of course you want everything to be perfect and that includes the food.

But what do you serve that not only will look and taste amazing yet isn’t too heavy for the warm weather?

Well one way to go lighter on your wedding food menu is to stick to small bite size wedding buffet. That is better than having a full-blown 3 course meal. After all, no-one wants to dance on a full stomach especially when the weather is hot.

If you would still prefer a 3 course meal but feel that a wedding buffet would be your best option, why don’t you mix the two?

Have separate tables each with a different course of wedding buffet and finger food available. This is a great way to get guests mingling. It will allow you to serve some delicious and unique food selection. The wedding buffet would be small enough for your guests to taste everything & not feel bloated. It would also be big enough to impress them and satisfy their appetite.

We have come up with a small guide to help you pick the best wedding buffet foods for you and your guests.


The Appetizer Table:

Appetizer

A great way to start, appetizers are naturally light and can easily be made bite size.

There are many traditional finger foods available for you to choose from. If you are looking for something a little bit special than the usual prawn cocktail, then you can always serve Asian or Italian style appetizers.

Mediterranean foods are always a great way to start. They are designed to be eaten during warmer weather and as such have a large range of appetizers available to make or buy in.


The Main Course Table:
 sushi

Every wedding buffet’s most important table would be the Main Course. It is not the easiest table to plan. However, it is possible to make bite sized wedding buffet versions of most wedding buffet’s main course foods.

The trick is to keep it simple. Try not to over complicate the dishes. Pick mains that are suitable for finger food. For instance a meat and 2 veg option with a sauce isn’t really going to work. But a meat and vegetable pie would.

Small burgers

Warm weather traditional mains such as kebabs and burgers can easily be made bite size too. Sushi is a great way to serve fish, rice and vegetables as finger food.


The Dessert Table:

dessert

Perhaps even easier to create than the appetizer table, most desserts can be made or even bought in miniature versions.

dessert

You can even make your wedding cake the feature of this table. Maximize the wedding buffet by opting for bite size decorated cup cakes.  If you are a bit of a traditionalist, you can also have a miniature wedding cake made just for you and your better half.

Wedding Cupcake

You can even serve cold or frozen desserts by serving them on a bed of ice. Not only will it keep your guests cool but it would also make a great conversation piece.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Summer wedding buffet guide. We also hope you found some great ideas to use for your wedding day.

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The Quick-nic – Fast and Delicious Food For Your Summer Picnic!

Heading out for a picnic this summer?

Whether it’s an impromptu trip to the park or a get together that you’ve been looking forward to for ages, there’s undoubtedly something special about picnics. Having a picnic is all about eating outdoors with great conversation, sunshine and tasty treats to enjoy!

But if you’re looking to expand your picnic menu beyond the usual devilled eggs and soggy sandwiches, then read on. We’ve got some delicious treats lined up on our ‘quick-nic’ menu. Quick-nics are fast, tasty food that’s easy to prepare. It’s perfect for that surprise picnic in the park when the sun peeks out!

Here are your Summer Quick-nics (Fast & Easy Picnic Treats):

1. TOMATO AND PEACH SALAD

Tomato and peach salad

Fresh and juicy, this colourful salad is full of rich, summery flavours that will transport your taste buds straight to Tuscany.

Combine fresh slices of tomato and peach with a handful of chopped coriander and finely sliced sweet red onion. Dress with extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and seasoning. This is perfect for your summer picnic!


2. CHICKEN AND PESTO WRAPS

Chicken Pesto Wrap

Perfectly wrapped up, these are handy little parcels that are ideal for smaller hands to grasp hold of.

Combine strips of cooked chicken with thinly sliced tomatoes, cucumber and romaine lettuce. Place in the centre of a large tortilla wrap, and add a generous amount of pesto on top. Roll up the tortilla, and slice in half.


3. PURPLE HUMMUS

Purple Hummus

Need a splash of colour on the picnic table? This dip is ready in less than 10 minutes, and is the perfect partner to vegetable sticks, pita bread or bread sticks.

Combine a drained can of chickpeas with two small cooked beetroots, the juice of one lemon, one garlic clove and a generous drizzle of olive oil. Pulse through in a blender until smooth.


4. MOROCCAN CARROT AND DATE SALAD

MOROCCAN CARROT AND DATE SALAD

A hint of spice gives this sweet and crunchy salad some great depth and flavour. A perfect compliment to a full flavoured cheese!

Finely grate carrots, and combine with chopped dates. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, some crushed cumin seeds, fresh mint leaves and a touch of dried chilli flakes. Combine them all together.


5. RAINBOW COUSCOUS

Rainbow Couscous

Couscous is fantastically easy to prepare – and a great base for a variety of dishes. Serve with salads, cold meats and even fruit!

To prepare, combine equal amounts of couscous grains with freshly boiled water. Place in a bowl and stir through. Keep it covered. Stir through with a fork occasionally to break up clumps and keep the grains light and fluffy.

Dice up a variety of vegetables – cucumber, tomatoes, peppers and corn are a great combo. Toss them with a simple dressing made of olive oil, lemon juice, paprika and seasoning. Combine them with the couscous grains to enjoy.


6. FRUIT KEBABS

Fruit Kebabs

These are super easy to assemble! Just pack cubes fruit and kebab skewers and put them together at your picnic. Great fruit choices are watermelon, mangoes, pineapples, strawberries and kiwi. It’s perfect for kiddies to enjoy and a fresh option for dessert during summer picnics and parties!

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