Our childhood home backed onto meadows and woods and those were the days when you could ramble the countryside without a grown-up even at 8 years old and come back at dusk to a mum who wasn't the least bit worried. There would be a big gang of us from the village and older ones, including teenage boys we had secret crushes on (who I tried to impress with my BMX and Carla would impress with her dresses). For our picnic adventure we would have a basket or duffle bag with a humble tub of marmite sandwiches, an apple and flapjack and it would last until a few steps into the next field - 'how about here' we'd say and lay out a rug then scoff the lot. There was no glamour or style to our picnics in those days - apart from Carla's dresses of course!
These days when we have a family picnic it's done with passion and dedication, and we are well-practised in the art of picnicing! We each have our allocated recipes and picnicware collections and we amass with rugs and cushions, parasols and bunting.
Carla's daughter Sessi has her birthday on 1st July and on a July weekend we have 'Sessifest' which is a big family picnic, usually in Battersea Park.
I love a long lazy picnic - a perfect combination of food and the great outdoors, with no hurry. I always think a picnic at the very least has to include home prepared food in various tubs and a lovely big rug.
My speciality for picnics is Spinach & Feta Filo Parcels. The grown ups love them and it's great if the little ones tuck into them too. I use this Spanakopita recipe from the fantastic Souvlaki for the Soul, a food and travel blog by Peter who's a photographer too so the foodie pics are tantalising:
|Spanakopita from Souvlaki for the Soul blog|
A family favourite is Carla's Slow Roasted Tomato Salad. Granny makes a good Fruity Cous-Cous and there's the family tradition of 'Sosmix' Sausage Rolls that we've been making since we were kids. Big bowls of strawberries are a must, as are cake stands overflowing with cupcakes and muffins.
Yummy! I could write forever about food and picnics so I shall continue with this theme on another post.
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