As a child there was nothing more exciting to me than the prospect of a picnic, being an Enid Blyton fan I was always wanting to pack ‘lashings of Ginger beer!’ of course back then a picnic consisted of jam sandwiches and a packet of crisps! These days picnics can be more decadent affairs, with plenty of posh cutlery, baskets and blankets to choose from.
To celebrate National Picnic week we’ve come up with our Top 10 Picnic recipes:
1 Beetroot Salad – Grate raw beetroot with apple, sliced shallots and chopped walnuts, dress in olive oil and lime juice
2 Red & Blue Rolls – Fill whole-grain rolls with Ruby red beef, Devon blue cheese, rocket and horseradish
3 Gazpacho Soup – A refreshing and oh so tasty snack, try our recipe here: http://www.atasteofdevon.co.uk/devon-recipes/recipe/5-gazpacho-soup.html
4 Morrocon couscous – Toast cumin, ginger, cayenne and allspice, mix with finely diced red onion, yellow pepper, courgette, chickpeas, and coucous soaked in chicken stock and orange juice
5 Basil Rissotto – Cook arborio rice in vegetable stock and add pesto, toasted pine nuts, sliced olives and parmesan
6 Potato Salad – Toss together cooked new potatoes, mayonnaise, crispy bacon cubes and grated boiled egg
7 Smoked Salmon – Mix with cream cheese, freshly chopped dill, lemon juice, lemon zest and chopped capers
8 Potted Cheese – Reuse your old cheese – grate any leftovers and combine with butter and a splash of port to create a stiff paste, press into small pots to use as a spread, will keep for 2-3 weeks.
9 Strawberries & Goats Cheese – Husk and quarter fresh strawberries, toss with cubed goats cheese, balsamic vinegar and fresh black pepper
10 Chicken & Asparagus – Place an asparagus spear on top of a chicken mini fillet, season and wrap in proscuitto, bake for 10-15 minutes at 190°C
Living in Devon we’ve got some fantastic picnic spots to visit, personal favourites include Woolacombe Beach, Braunton Burrows, Valley of the Rocks in Lynton – we’d love to hear from you, so leave us a comment with your favourite picnic spot.