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picnic recipes

Postby wargarden » April 14th, 2019, 2:02 am

so what new and interesting recipes will
you be using this upcoming picnic season.
This season I acquired a lunch jar so I can now have hot food at a picnic.
In the past i only had cold food with cold packs.

I will list few when type them out later.
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby Seatallan » April 14th, 2019, 3:44 pm

Like the idea of having some hot food as well as cold. A nice summery soup would be a good addition to a picnic. Watercress perhaps, or minestrone? :chops:
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby Ratatouille » April 14th, 2019, 4:03 pm

Sorry. I don't do picnics anymore. Far too uncomfortable!

When I was a wild young thing and didn't mind sitting on the grass or on a wobbly chair I used to do lots if things like Bloody Mary soup or Gazpacho in flasks orthings ike Spanish omeleettes, leek and ham pastries done in a tray. Devilled chicken legs, country pates and hot garlic bread to go with them. I'm not a huge fan of lots of dishes because it becomes too confusing
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby Seatallan » April 14th, 2019, 4:15 pm

I suppose actually we have picnics quite often if you count stopping for a bite to eat during our long walks. We usually take a flask of soup and a flask of coffee along with a filled roll each, a scotch egg or similar and a Kitkat. Sometimes we have pasties instead.

Love the thought of country pate with hot garlic bread... :chops:
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby earthmaiden » April 14th, 2019, 4:27 pm

I rather like the sort where there are chairs and tables. Blankets on the grass or towels in the sand are never a great success by the time the blanket gets rucked up or sand gets into the food :). https://placesjournal.org/article/an-il ... reloaded=1

As for food, cold salmon, watercress, potato salad, quiche tartlets, cocktail sausages, fresh bread and butter ... and a nice strawberry and cream sponge mmm, I could go on forever!

When I was small, I was staying with my grandmother and she promised we'd have a picnic the following day. The following day it was pouring with rain and quite chilly. However, granny said she never broke promises. She heated tomato soup, fried lovely succulent sausages and put them into flasks to keep hot then packed up goodies to go with them. We drove out of town, parked by a farm gate and had a car picnic. It was the best picnic ever!
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby karadekoolaid » April 14th, 2019, 4:41 pm

When the temperature in the shade is just over 30ºC, and the tropical sun will burn you to a cinder in 30 minutes, picnics are off limits.
However, if I were in the UK, I´d be looking at Morrocan - style salads, stuffed pimientos, slices of Pata Negra ham, a plateful of glorious Italian preserved meats ( salami, mortadela, coppa, bresaola); lots of olives, pickled artichokes; ceviches and lebanese dips.
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby Herbidacious » April 14th, 2019, 9:28 pm

Yes there have to be chairs and a table and no wasps. My colleagues like to go to the park in the summer to eat lunch, but I'm afraid I can't be doing with the sitting on the grass. I am very unsupple, so deeply uncomfortable, and one usually ends up with a wet bottom even in the height of summer ;)

My mother occasionally did quite elaborate (by her culinary standards) picnics when I was a child. Homemade quiches, or 'flans' as she called them, were involved. (It was the 70s.) It was hit and miss, weatherwise, being up north. She also used to do indoors picnics for birthday parties - move the furntiure back in the sitting room and cover the floor with a sheet.

Actually I am wondering what the definition of a picnic is now. I think being inside rules out our birthday party meals as picnics...

If I had to go on a picnic... vegetarian sausage rolls, sandwiches, anything that one only needs one hand, as you have to hold a plate in the other. (Third hand required to make sitting on the ground less back-achingly unpleasant. Or ditch the plate.)

Maybe it's all more bearable with wine?
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby TeresaFoodie » April 14th, 2019, 11:46 pm

I am looking forward to exploring the Dunstable Downs when the weather perks up a bit, and I have picnic hamper back pack, lovingly named Hinglebert Hamperbag :oops: which I intend to carry with me. Just thinking what I'd take. Lots of fruit flavoured water, fruit such us satsumas, plums, a banana, some walnuts or macadamia, and a mini pan bagna, stuffed full of salady bits, olives, sun dried tomatoes. I know they have picnic benches up there so an opportunity to indulge in the scenery without being uncomfortable. I would probably also take celery sticks.
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby suffolk » April 15th, 2019, 2:46 am

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Re: picnic recipes

Postby Herbidacious » April 15th, 2019, 7:31 am

Yum! I do love a picnic basket...
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby miss mouse » April 15th, 2019, 7:47 am

Wicker picnic baskets look lovely but are not very practical I find. Plus putting the dirty dishes back in the basket is a bit yuk.
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby earthmaiden » April 15th, 2019, 8:17 am

I agree, baskets look lovely as long as you don't have to walk far. Actually, that goes for any picnic with paraphernalia. I object to eating in car parks bit you need something on wheels to cart everything about comfortably. I like the look of those picnic rucksacks which contain plates, cutlery etc.
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby miss mouse » April 15th, 2019, 8:46 am

earthmaiden wrote:I like the look of those picnic rucksacks which contain plates, cutlery etc.


I have seen them in action and they seem very functional.
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby Ratatouille » April 15th, 2019, 9:21 am

There are huge differences between a proper picnic, a luxury treat and a packed lunch, a necessity, though aren't there?
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby StokeySue » April 15th, 2019, 10:21 am

My picnics these days tend to be packed lunches while out, so simple sandwiches or the Spanish omelette I’d have had ar home packed up with some salad or similar

I probably ought to get a vacuum jar before next winter for these trips, anyone like to recommend one? I had a stainless steel one and I don’t think it had enough insulating rings between the sections, it was useless

Very occasionally I get to go on a bigger picnic where we all bring a dish, the next will probably be be the jazz picnic in July. My default is Middle Eastern food, often spanakopita (spinach and feta pastries), falafel etc

We’ve had a few picnics like that with the Wildies, I recommend Suffolk’s pie with sausage meat in it
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby suffolk » April 15th, 2019, 11:31 am

StokeySue wrote:. ..... We’ve had a few picnics like that with the Wildies, I recommend Suffolk’s pie with sausage meat in it


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Re: picnic recipes

Postby earthmaiden » April 15th, 2019, 1:13 pm

Oooh yes! We had lovely food at those picnics!
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby scullion » April 15th, 2019, 1:24 pm

we have a backpack type one - and a basket in the loft. the backpack obviously gets most use. it can fit four of the square plastic boxes, stacked 2x2, upright, (that previously contained lidl potato salad) and other stuff extra to the plates etc.
you can pack in more than enough food for four people.
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby miss mouse » April 15th, 2019, 2:09 pm

suffolk wrote:
StokeySue wrote:. ..... We’ve had a few picnics like that with the Wildies, I recommend Suffolk’s pie with sausage meat in it


Is there a recipe?
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby Catherine » April 15th, 2019, 4:50 pm

StokeySue wrote:I probably ought to get a vacuum jar before next winter for these trips, anyone like to recommend one? I had a stainless steel one and I don’t think it had enough insulating rings between the sections, it was useless


Stanley ones are good
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby suffolk » April 15th, 2019, 4:55 pm

miss mouse wrote:
suffolk wrote:
StokeySue wrote:. ..... We’ve had a few picnics like that with the Wildies, I recommend Suffolk’s pie with sausage meat in it


Is there a recipe?



Very simple ... I don’t have a recipe ... I just line a greased pie plate with good shortcrust.

Skin 8 good well-seasoned butcher’s sausages and put in the pie, sort of ‘melding’ them together
and making 3 deep hollows evenly around the pie. Crack a medium free range egg into each hollow and season.
Cover with a sheet of shortcrust, trim and seal and make a steam hole in the centre. Decorate with pastry trimmings and eggwash.

Bake in hot oven 180ish fan for 30/40mins approx ... reducing temp a bit if it’s browning too soon.

Best served cold.

When I was a newlywed in the early 70s most of the women in our village would bake similar pies for their husbands’ and sons’ pack ups each week ... alternating with things like bacon and egg pies, cheese and egg pies sausage rolls and plaits and pasties/turnovers.
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby miss mouse » April 15th, 2019, 7:18 pm

Fab. Thanks. I adore pies. My mother (an indifferent and reluctant cook) once made the most wonderful egg and bacon pie and I never got the recipe/method from her. Oh dear.
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby wargarden » April 15th, 2019, 8:21 pm

[quote] StokeySueI probably ought to get a vacuum jar before next winter for these trips, anyone like to recommend one? I had a stainless steel one and I don’t think it had enough insulating rings between the sections, it was useless[/quote ]

here is link to the lunch jar i bought
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zojirushi-Bent ... B000246GSE
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby suffolk » April 15th, 2019, 8:58 pm

Haven’t made a bacon and egg pie for a good while ... tend to make “quiches” nowadays, but they’re not the same ... thinking back I used to use about half a pound of collar rashers ... where can you get collar rashers these days, let alone my favourite, lovely Middle Cut rashers with the rind on ?


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Re: picnic recipes

Postby earthmaiden » April 15th, 2019, 10:09 pm

Suffs, am I imagining it or did you sometimes make a pie with sausage meat topped with pickle for picnics?
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby suffolk » April 16th, 2019, 4:12 am

Hmm ... don’t remember making a pie like that but I could have done ... I do remember making sausage rolls with a tomato and chilli chutney between the sausagemeat and the pastry ... could that have been it?
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby earthmaiden » April 16th, 2019, 5:48 am

No, (although they sound nice! :chops: ). I wonder if it was FCQ. I am sure someone did.
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby suffolk » April 16th, 2019, 6:34 am

IIRC dear FCQ and Onslow always provided the liquid refreshments for the East Anglian Picnics because they were up here on their holibobs and sans cuisine.

:idea: Maybe it’s time for another one?
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby earthmaiden » April 16th, 2019, 8:03 am

Definitely! When it's a bit warmer .. :cocktail:
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby StokeySue » April 16th, 2019, 1:39 pm

Definitely :)

If anyone is on the look out for picnic kit, such as rucksacks and totes and the bits to go in, my local TK Max had some nice gear this morning
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby Ratatouille » April 20th, 2019, 1:01 pm

For lunch today I made the perfect picnic dish - pains bagnat, in effect a salade nicoise in a soft bun.

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Re: picnic recipes

Postby suffolk » April 20th, 2019, 1:28 pm

Sue that sounds good :chops:

I’ve made a batch of ‘Cornish’ pasties for a picnic on our way to visit MIL on Monday :chef:

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Re: picnic recipes

Postby earthmaiden » April 20th, 2019, 2:14 pm

I would be very happy at a picnic on a day like this where pains bagnat and pasties were served :hungry:. A fresh fruit salad afterwards would be lovely ( and maybe a visit to an ice cream vendor if there was one not too far away!).
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Re: picnic recipes

Postby suffolk » April 20th, 2019, 2:17 pm

I had to test one of the batch ... so I had a ‘picnic lunch’ ...?you should’ve popped around EM ;) :chops:
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Re: picnic recipes

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Postby suffolk » April 20th, 2019, 9:29 pm

Good, isn’t it :D
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suffolk wrote:Good, isn’t it :D


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