It’s Picnic Time #2 The 3 Steps You Need To Plan Your Picnic Food + Recipes!
Welcome to part two in my series, “It’s Picnic Time”. In the first part, I talked about planning a picnic and 5 essential items to pack. Now we’re getting down to the really good stuff…food!
Deciding what food to pack for your picnic is the most fun part of the planning process. You want your guests to have the best time possible and the food is, of course, the main attraction! So let’s break it down to the three main steps you’ve got to take before you start preparing any food.
1. The time of day
2. The theme
3. Your guests’ needs.
Is your picnic taking place in the morning, afternoon or evening? Once you decide on the time, you can then base your menu around it. Pick a theme and you can be even more creative around the types of food. For example, you could have a pirate themed beach picnic for the morning, a 50s style tea party for the afternoon or a Mexican themed picnic in the evening. Don’t forget to find out if any of your guests have any special dietary requirements. This ensures that no-one is left out and saves you time in the long run, not to mention, it adds excitement for your friends (especially if there are little ones coming along too)! Below are recipe suggestions from myself and fellow food bloggers for each time of day.
Rise ‘n’ Shine
Rising early over the weekend might not be everyone’s cup of tea; I for one am not an early bird! However, if you can muster up the strength to get up and out, it really is worth the experience. Take advantage of the Summer weather and experience the sunrise whilst munching down on some tasty breakfast foods such as muffins, flapjacks, scotch eggs and fruit salads.
Recipes perfect for a morning picnic
Scotch Eggs – The Foodie Couple Blog
Rainbow Omelette Cakes – Eats Amazing
Miso Muffins With Kale, Carrot And Courgette – Tin And Thyme
Bacon, Mushroom And Basil Muffins – Casa Costello
Chill in the Afternoon
This is probably the most popular time to have a picnic. The sun will be at its hottest and it’s an all round more agreeable time to meet up with your friends! Mini pies, wraps and pork fillets are also your friends.
Recipes perfect for an afternoon picnic
Roast Beef Wraps With Cranberry Relish And Spinach – Maison Cupcake
Roast Orange Pork Fillet and Polenta Chips – Recipes From A Pantry
Wholemeal Stilton and Broccoli Pasties – Jen’s Food
Chorizo, Red Pepper And Cheddar Quiches – Jen’s Food
Sunny Picnic Quiches – Fab Food 4 All
Veggie No-Sausage Rolls – Recipes And Reviews
Raspberry And White Chocolate Blondies – Tin And Thyme
An evening picnic can be very romantic! Cheese, pork pies, quiches, burgers and pasties make watching the sun slide down beneath the clouds just the best, right?
Recipes perfect for an evening picnic
Easy Cheese Twists – Recipes And Reviews
Mini Cheese And Onion Pasties – The Veg Space
Pork Pies from Haynes Men’s Pie Manual – Lancashire Food
Smoked Ham, Leek And Goats Cheese Impossible Pie – Lancashire Food
Red Pepper And Feta Quiche With A Cauliflower And Quinoa Crust – Celery and Cupcakes
Easy Mini Quiches – Eats Amazing
Make sure to wait until your food has cooled before packing it in sealable containers. For food and drinks that need to be kept chilled, you can use ice packs or a cooler box, or save space and freeze water bottles. Don’t eat anything that’s been sitting out for longer than a couple of hours – the last thing you want is food poisoning.
NO PICNIC IS COMPLETE WITHOUT DRINKS!
Recipes and recommendations:
Raspberry Lemonade – Recipes From A Pantry
Pimms – The limited edition elderflower and strawberry flavours are fabulous
Shloer Celebration Pink Fizz – Shloer has always been a favourite non-alocoholic drink. This time they’ve gone all out with this rosé juice, complete with popping cork!
Corona – A light, refreshing beer. Add a slice of lime for extra zest.
Grace Aloe Vera – Have you ever tried Aloe vera the drink? It’s surprisingly sweet with little bits in it (like freshly squeezed orange juice). It does contain quite a lot of sugar (9g per 100ml) but hey, once and a while won’t hurt! Best kept chilled.