There is nothing I like more than getting together with good friends and enjoying a traditional British picnic. Another favourite thing, especially during the school holidays, is arranging a family picnic in the garden. The children love dining outdoors and eat so much more – the stress of children’s meal times dissolves instantaneously.
I always have a few staple recipes that I return to for a picnic and I also love stacking up a tray with colourful melamine picnicware, brightly coloured paper napkins and bowls packed with tempting summer salads. Summertime for me, is all about colour in both the food we eat and the rugs, plates, cups that accompany our perfect picnic menu.
While the sun was shining last week, I decided to pull together a range of my favorite salads from How to cook good food to accompany my #HiggidyPicnic. Higgidy sent me over some Veggie Rolls filled with Red Pepper and Feta and some Little Ham Hock and Petit Pois Quiches to sample. Higgidy have also teamed up with Joules for a summer competition. Together they are offering lots of picnic themed prizes, so look out for more details on selected products during the summer. I have been using the pretty floral Joules melamine bowl they sent me to serve my salads in style.
My three “go-to” salads that always get a big thumbs up when I serve them are these classic blog favourites:
These three salads work brilliantly well with a number of savoury mains and they certainly complimented the Higgidy veggie sausage rolls and ham hock quiches. Every member of the family, including all three children adored these crisp, light puff pastry sausage rolls and there was no mention of “Where’s the meat?” which I thought would be the case. The ham hock quiches were creamy with good chunks of ham and my favourite part was the turmeric mustard crumb topping which was the children’s least favourite part. They all favoured the creamy hammy centre with little nuggets of green peas.
Before Higgidy sent me over products from their new range, myself and my children were already big fans of their smoked English bacon and mature Cheddar quiche which I serve up at least once a week during the summer when I’m in need of a night off cooking. Also, if I’m going out for an evening, I will often buy my husband a slow cooked steak and red wine pie. Both pastry and fillings of the Higgidy range are very good – way ahead of their competitors and most importantly they are extremely tasty.
The #higgidypicnic challenge is all about sharing your top picnic ideas and other bloggers have been joining in too, as you can see….My Fussy Eater, Celery & Cupcakes, Munchies & Munchkins and ChicGeekDiary .
Do you have any favourite picnic hacks? If you do, let me know. I would love to hear them 🙂
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