As the evenings get warmer and stretch lazily for hours, why not pack a hamper and set yourself up for outdoors for dinner?
Picnics remind me of the camping holidays to France my family took me on as a lucky child and there’s nothing nicer than enjoying good food with the people you love while taking in the sunset from your very own patch of grass. Here are some of my favourite spots, some fail safe food ideas and some suggestions for games to help you soiree like champions!
Alfresco eats - Us northsiders are so lucky to have plenty of purveyors on hand with ready-made, picnic-ready eats. There’s no better place to start than the Northside Produce Market, which takes place on the first and third Saturday of every month over at Ted Mack Civic Park in North Sydney. Grab some fresh crusty bread, indulgent pate, creamy triple cream brie or zingy blue cheese, crunchy pickles, salad leaves, juicy tomatoes, crisp, chewy meringues…the list goes on! And if you’re feeling motivated, why not try my recipe for Leek and Fennel Quiche, which is extremely tasty served cold.
Top tipples! - My summer evening drink of choice would have to be bubbles. They give a celebratory feel to any occasion. How about freezing grapes and berries to use instead of ice to keep the contents of your picnic hamper cool? You can then add them to your Prosecco.
Game on - While you’re waiting for that magical sunset, how about a game of boules, quoits or skittles? French cricket, space permitting, can be entertaining after a few too. If I’m by the harbour I tend to take a rod, reel and lure to throw a line in especially on the turning tide at sunset. Bliss!
#keepcalmsupportlocal I’ve been spending a bit of time at the ‘Spofforth Strip’ in Cremorne recently and two standouts for me have been the quiches from Nosh, which actually inspired this season’s recipe, and the wonderful team at Shane’s Quality Meats, who’ve helped me with excellent produce for some virtual cooking classes I’ve been running recently.
May the good food, good wine and good times continue to flow!