When the sun shines in Ireland you have to Just seize the moment, sunny days are such a rarity.
So without wasting time faffing around the supermarket, you just want to pack up a picnic and away you go.
I’m always trying to save a few bob, a bit of time and food waste!
So making a picnic from whatever you already have in
the fridge and presses is the only way to go
Sandwiches and bread rolls are always a good starting point, but we don’t always have fresh bread in and let’s be honest the ham Sambo can get a bit boring.
So here are my top easy picnic foods to put together on the hop,
bonus points!! they are tasty enough to rival any deluxe picnic hamper while keeping the cost down!
Rice salad (serves 4)
A simple rice salad is always tasty on the side of a tortilla or mini pizza and so easy to put together.
To make it, all you have to do is boil 400g of any rice and let it cool
Mix through 1 diced apple (squeeze a little lemon juice on the apple to prevent it from going brown) a handful of raisins, and toasted sliced Almonds.
For the dressing mix one tablespoon of mild curry powder with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
Finish with chopped parsley or coriander if you have it, that’s optional.
Store in an airtight container.
Another option for this is cold pasta or couscous,
just using whatever you have in, to get you out picnicking sooner
Egg fried rice (serves 4)
This is another rice dish that tastes great cold, so its ideal for picnics
You can fling in any veggies you have in already like, onion, carrot, mushroom, green pepper, leave out the chicken if you want, it’s up to you! My Egg fried rice recipe is here
I always have some ready rolled puff pastry in the fridge (I just stick to the weekly shop and it costs next to nothing in the budget supermarkets)
For my homemade sausage rolls, I use a mix of pork mince a grated onion, apple and a sprinkle of sage..
add a tablespoon of pork mixture to cut rectangles of puff pastry, spread it out like a sausage shape, roll and add a brush of beaten egg, cook at 180 c in the oven for 40 mins,
If you don’t have any pork mince in, just skin some regular sausages add it to the pastry and bake the same way as above
Made from the contents of the fridge!
fry a chopped onion on a nonstick pan in a little oil over a medium heat,
add some red pepper and a tablespoon of corn, fry for another minute,
chuck in around 100g of sliced chorizo and some cubed baked potato.. basically whatever you have got in
(I fry the veggies first and then transfer the whole lot to an ovenproof dish, )
when the veggies and chorizo have softened season pour in 6 whisked eggs and sprinkle with some cheese and add some whole cherry tomatoes.
( add the pan mixture to a mixing bowl and pour over the whisked eggs, mix and add the whole lot too and oven proof dish, it’s easier to transport that way)
place the pan or the ovenproof dish in the oven and bake for 40 to 50 mins at 180c until the egg has set..
slice and devour
These are just bread with the crusts cut off, flattened down and rolled , the kids just love them, they can be filled with sweet or savory fillings.
our fillings of choice are
jam, chocolate spread, tuna sweetcorn and mayo, egg and onion, ham and grated cheese (hard cheese doesn’t roll so well) you can fill the bread with whatever you want really and just roll
Mini flatbread pizzas
I have a really easy pizza dough recipe for these and the can be knocked up in a flash, just make sure they are completely cold before packing My easy recipe is here
simple Caprese salad
This is another one that tastes amazing on the side of fridge tortilla, my advice would be to slice the tomato just before serving.
You will need one large beef tomato that you can slice at the picnic table, a ball of buffalo mozzarella sliced, and 6 fresh basil leaves.
for the dressing just mix a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar (drizzle that at the picnic table too) to assemble just add tomato, basil, mozzarella and repeat
American style pancakes
My easy foolproof pancakes are another one that tastes great cold and are perfect for bulking up any picnic, even make them in mini pancakes for novelty, pack some berries and away you go. You will find my pancake recipe here
So there you have it, my easy picnic ideas..
Hopefully, it will save you from running to the shop on a sunny morning, saving time for the important things in life-like cuddle,s
and feeding the cows