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Picnic season!

Posted on Monday 29 May 2017

By Diana Earnshaw, Volunteer Contributor

PicnicThe time has come and apparently, so has the weather! Children love picnics and the summer holidays are not far away. It’s a free day out and each time can be different – the river to feed the ducks, the woods to build a “camp” and before too long, the common to find blackberries.

Food eaten at a picnic always tastes fabulous – it must be something to do with the fresh air! It can be really simple – why not just make wraps instead of sandwiches? They are easier for little fingers to hold and the filling doesn’t fall out! Try cold, leftover chicken, avocado and mayonnaise; grated cheese, salad and chutney; cold bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Pack fruit which is “ready wrapped”, such as apples, pears and grapes, then there will be no peel and packaging to take back with you. Hard boiled eggs were always a favourite when I was young. A picnic didn’t seem complete without them! Don’t carry it all yourself. Let the children carry their lunches in a back-pack – it adds to the fun!

Adults too enjoy picnics and here you can be more adventurous. Crudités and dips, meat loaf and salad, main course salads, delicious organic breads and maybe a scrumptious cake or strawberries and cream for after. All the above are healthy options so there is no compromise on nutrition.

Here are two recipes that can be made beforehand and will keep a day or two in the fridge until you need them.




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