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!