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Pack the perfect Picnic!

We 've seen the sun, now we're thinking ahead to a long summer hopefully.  Our stores have the feel of summer in them so we thought we'd share our tips for the perfect picnic!

Picnics of the modern age are not quite as they used to be. With so much of our food conveniently pre-packaged many have forgotten the art that is packing for a picnic.

Back in Victorian times picnics were wonderful affairs comprising of homemade meals and multiple courses. So ditch the packaged sandwiches and treat your picnic as a blanket banquet.

Here are some of our tips for creating a Great British Summer picnic to savour.

  • Location, location, location. Setting is everything. No matter how good the food is it doesn’t quite cut it if you’re sitting right next to a busy motorway or in a car park!
  • Pick a favourite spot in a park, by a riverside, on a hilltop, or at the beach. For me nothing quite beats revisiting places I once picnicked at as a child.
  • A lot of traditional British food is ideally suited to picnics. Stick to the classics with pies, scotch eggs, rich fruit cake, Battenberg cake and of course, as if we need say, scones with the obligatory clotted cream and jam.
  • Choose meals that taste better cold than they would hot
  • Choose seasonal produce
  • Don’t forget the Pimms for adults
  • If you prefer a bit more of a Mediterranean twist try cured meats, cheeses, roasted vegetables, olives, tapas dishes, breads
  • It may also be worth visiting a farmers market near you as they can provide some great foods for picnics
  • Use it as an opportunity to show off your baking skills. How about trying some homemade sausage rolls. We think this recipe from BBC Good Food for their ‘Summer Sausage Rolls’ is a winner (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/11610/summer-sausage-rolls)

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