Nothing beats a picnic, taking all your favourite foods with you, lounging on a rug and resting beneath the shade of a tree. Soaking in the glorious warmth of the summer and picking your way through the contents of your basket, eating outside is a joy.
We know it can be easy to pop to the local supermarket and grab a few ready-made sarnies and nibbles on the day, but these are nothing compared to prepping a few bits and bobs at home that are easy to do and packed with flavour. You’ll knock the socks off those tucking in if you can allow yourself to share them...
Here’s our top tips for the ultimate picnic this summer
Sensational Sausage Rolls
Knock up some sausage rolls in the morning before your picnic. Using our Saddleback sausagemeat add a generous dollop of English mustard into the mix, along with some strong Cheddar (We love Quicke's Vintage Clothbound Cheddar), and place onto a pre-made sheet of pastry. Top the sausagemeat with kimchi then roll and cut into 1-inch slices. Glaze the tops with a little-beaten egg and bake for 25 mins at 180C.
Fry up a few rashers of streaky bacon until golden brown and crisp. Grate some carrots and cabbage, twirl in some mayo, then toss in those crispy bacon bits.
Sandwich of Dreams
Rolls, baps, barms, they all epic and the perfect cushion to hold a whole host of fillings. Forget about the traditional and try something packed with flavour. Our favourite for this summer is our simple yet sublime Brazilian inspired Bauru. Fry one of our 'Everyday' steaks for two and a half mins per side then set aside to rest. Squeeze a dash of lime, slice up some avocado and sprinkle paprika and parsley over the top. Finely slice the steak and load up that baby with a slithering of a fine mayo (we can't get enough of Rubies in the Rubble Aquafaba Mayo).
Use up your leftovers
Boil some pasta and allow to cool. Whip a tub of hummus through with some shredded chicken leftovers, diced cucumber and tomato and crumbled feta.
Pork Rillettes, easy to make, these delicious pots of joy are the perfect transportable size for a picnic basket. Make the day before and then devour spread on a crusty cob.