The weather is slowly warming up and the grass is getting much greener (what with all the rain..!) which can only mean one thing – picnic time!
Whether you prefer the garden or a jaunt into the countryside, everyone has their own idea on the perfect picnic. That’s why we have decided to share our guide with you, to make sure any picnic you have is perfect this summer. This guide gives you a complete run down of the food and accessories for a right proper British picnic, just add a spot of sunshine!
- The Perfect Hamper
In order to transport your picnic fashionably – you may choose a number of options ranging from a rucksack, to a classic wicker hamper. Within your hamper, you must make sure you have room for plates, cutlery, glasses & napkins as well as food and drink too – you may wish to put food and drink stuffs in a separate cool bag to keep your food extra fresh when it comes to dining in the sun
- The Picnic Blanket
The humble blanket – which is often forgotten, is usually tartan in design and will save any grass mixing with the food as well as saving anyone sat down from grass stains. There are many designs to choose from, including animal prints and ones actually shaped like animals too!
- The Sandwiches
No picnic would be complete without at least 3 flavours of sandwiches to share around. We’d recommend classic flavours which include BLT, Tuna Mayo and Egg Mayo, as well as cutting the sandwiches into small triangles for easy plate-to-mouth transport. URBAN eat sandwiches are of course an option for the perfect sarnie here J.
- The Mini Sausage Rolls
No picnic would be complete without these! Homemade are best and there are also veggie and vegan alternatives available so you are sure to have a crowd pleaser here. We love Jamie’s sausage roll recipe (link with: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pork-recipes/sausage-rolls/#VVScSo2xJvDyebMJ.97) so we thought we’d share it – just to make sure that picnic is perfect!
- The Quiche Lorraine
No quaint picnic would be complete without the servings of your favourite quiche in the line-up. Quiches are particularly useful because they cover quite a few servings, and nobody wants to leave a picnic still feeling peckish. For a recipe we recommend, follow this: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2868/ultimate-quiche-lorraine
- The Strawberries
Served with lashings of cream if you have room, these perfect treats are something scrumptious for the whole family to enjoy. For the best flavoured strawbs head to your closest strawberry picking fields or better still, grow your own. Be warned about this though – once your strawberry bush takes hold, every summer will see you creating many strawberry themed treats!
- The Cloudy Lemonade
What better way to refresh your taste buds between picnic treats then to help yourself to a cool, refreshing glass of cloudy lemonade. If you made the rest of your picnic, you may as well have a go at making this too. We suggest this recipe to help complete your picnic: http://www.yummly.co.uk/recipe/Homemade-Cloudy-Lemonade-1304211
We hope this picnic guide has helped make your picnic the perfect afternoon experience, and would love to see some of your picnic adventures so please Tweet or Facebook us with them. Still need encouraging to go on that adventure? Check out our 10 UK locations for a perfect picnic blog (link with: https://www.urbaneat.co.uk/blog/foodlove/10-uk-locations-perfect-for-a-picnic-this-summer/) now to find somewher