Who doesn't love a picnic ? Who? No one that's who!
It's that time of year again, Folk Fest is in town, weekend road trips are upon us and dining al fresco is the only way to go. I love packing a picnic too, I consider myself an expert in the art, I even have a collection of vintage picnic baskets from flea markets.
Artichokes in oil with lemon, tomatoes and parsley onion
Simple simple to put together, use whatever you like I used cherry tomato's, artichokes packed in oil, red onions, juice of 1 lemon, salt, pepper and fresh parsley.
Sliced Jicama with fresh squeezed lime juice and chile powder is a healthy road snack that keeps you happily hydrated.
Carrot Orange Salad
This salad turned out really well, and it hold for 2 days and transports perfectly, the photo is blurry but man was it good. I used Gordon Ramsey's recipe. The dressing is killer, taste the salad before you put in the herbs, i think I liked it better with out the herbs, next time I'm going to leave them out.
"A fresh and zingy salad that's versatile and easy to prepare"
- 5 carrots, peeled and grated
- Zest and juice of 1 orange
- 75g pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- 11/2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp runny honey
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 3–4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp torn coriander leaves
- 2 tbsp torn mint leaves
- Sea salt
1. Mix the carrots in a bowl with the orange zest and juice, the pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
2. Grind the cumin seeds with a little sea salt using a pestle and mortar, then stir them into the carrot mixture.
3. Combine the mustard, honey, vinegar and olive oil in a bowl. Add the mint and coriander leaves, then taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Pour over the salad and toss well. This can be eaten straight away, or will keep for up to 2 days in the fridge.
Recipe from Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking. Hodder & Stoughton (2013)
Next up is cranberry and black pepper Boursin cheese stuffed Medjool dates wrapped in thick cut bacon!
Bake bacon 400 degrees for 15 minutes with some fresh ground pepper
Pit the dates and fill the inside with Boursin cheese, wrap each date wit one piece of bacon, secure with a toothpick and set aside, heat them up for 15 minutes in a foil pack and bring them with you right out of the oven, don't unfold, just wait until you get there.
Are you ready for the best part of the whole picnic experience in my opinion? Take out...seriously stop by and get yourself your favourite fried chicken, who wants to deep fry chicken in the Summer, not I Popeye, so I just stop by get a few Hungry Man's from Chicken-on-the-way, our famous local chicken joint.