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How do you make a gourmet picnic?

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Here are some of our ideas for a successful picnic – because you can always do better than a mayonnaise and rice salad with a bag of crisps.

Replace the tasteless, industrial dishes in your picnic basket with original recipes. For the savoury section, forget frozen pizza and go for an updated club sandwich recipe: spread toasted bread with homemade herb mayonnaise, then add a few pieces of roast chicken and seasonable vegetables (beets, endives, carrots). In a large bowl, mix quinoa with feta, apricots, peas and mint, then season with a lemon vinaigrette. Finish by preparing a ‘fruit surprise’, made by placing a fruit salad in a hollowed-out fruit (a melon or a pineapple depending on the season). Wow effect guaranteed!

Spotlight on decoration

A picnic’s success is also down to its decoration. Once you have found the perfect spot (in a garden or outside, near some trees for spots of shade), choose a strong linen tablecloth and some cushions for comfort. It is also vital that you have the right tools: go for wooden cutlery, which is stronger and more attractive than its plastic counterpart. Make sure you bring a multifunctional Swiss Army knife (essential for getting to grips with the sausage), as well as glasses and a corkscrew to avoid any disasters!

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