There’s an abundance of joy that we associate with a British summer’s day and when the sun is shining we don’t waste any time getting ourselves outside to bask in the rays - we certainly know how to make the most of it.
And what better way is there to enjoy the weather than a picnic with family and friends? The perfect marriage between the great outdoors, the glorious sunshine and our love of food – summer picnics have become something of a British tradition.
Once you’ve decided on your idyllic location, you need to make sure you’ve packed a veritable feast! So dig out your hampers and take a look at our picnic essentials for inspiration:
Potato salad: There’s something delightfully satisfying about a chilled serving of potato salad – it’s a genuine classic when it comes to summer dishes. For the dressing, try one third crème fraiche, one third mayonnaise and one third plain yoghurt with a dash of English mustard and a squeeze of lemon. Season with salt and pepper and add a handful of chopped spring onion for a final touch of fresh flavour.
Pork pies: For quintessentially British finger foods, pork pies are at the top of the list. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making a batch at home, they’re not as difficult as they may seem! Mini sausage rolls and scotch eggs should also come into consideration for a place in your hamper. These oh-so-very-British treats are crying out to be enjoyed whilst relaxing in the countryside on a balmy summer’s day.
Egg and cress sandwiches: It’s all down to the bread with the humble egg and cress sarnie. A nice wholemeal loaf works perfectly and remember to cut your sandwiches into small triangles to add to the light and delicate nature of a picnic.
Quiche: Just as tasty served cold as it is served hot, a light and fluffy quiche is perfect for al fresco dining. Of course, you’ve got a host of options when it comes to the flavour of your quiche. You could go down the classic Quiche Lorraine route, indulge with some goat’s cheese or keep things summery with Lisa Marley’s Roasted Vegetable Quiche.
Cucumber and elderflower gin & tonic: Your picnic wouldn’t be complete without a fresh thirst-quenching tipple. The classic G&T is synonymous with summertime drinking, and when you infuse it with some cucumber and elderflower you’ll really ramp up the sundrenched refreshment. Just make sure you pack some ice in your cool box!