What’s in your picnic basket?

One of the greatest joys of summer for my family are undoubtedly lazy, barefoot picnics in and around our gorgeous Cape Town…with its myriad of options from its exquisite beaches to the dappled shade of the forest or the pristine perfection of Kirstenbosch…and then of course, the winelands – need I say more? I take great pride in my snack-packing abilities and often wonder to myself…”well, what’s in YOUR basket that isn’t in OURS?”

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And so…I have put together a list of my personal version of the 10 essential items for your picnic basket this summer~

1.       An ooey gooey cheese such as a good quality Brie, is a must – together with water wafers or sesame seed crackers A handy tip: remember that hard cheese sweat, whereas softer cheeses ooze…

2.       Spicy mini-meatballs – coupled with a yummy tarragon flavoured mustard or Chilli-Addict sauce

3.       Homemade dip or pâté such as artichoke or creamy chicken liver…or mom’s delicious beetroot and feta dip consisting of these ingredients finely chopped with a splash of olive oil and vinegar and some fresh herbs – a colour sensation!

4.       For a picnic braai, veggie confetti parcels are brilliant! These are individually wrapped (in heavy-duty foil) a selection of fresh veggies with a dot of butter and fresh herbs to be cooked over the coals

5.       Pita pockets….which can be filled with a selection of charcuterie such as Parma ham or Coppa, fresh avocado and ripe Rosa tomatoes and crumbly Danish feta

6.       Sticky satays – my husband’s absolute favourite…and the stickier, the better (ensure you don’t forget to pack the napkins). Try honey glazed pork or sweet and sour chicken…skewered on half sticks

7.       Smoked salmon sarmies – there is nothing better on a summers’ afternoon than fresh smoked salmon with a drizzle of lime and cracked black pepper – add a caper or two and perhaps a dollop of crème fraiche if it’s a “beginning of the month picnic”

8.       A crisp rosé…have you tried the Kannemeyer Wolfkloof dry merlot rosé? A handy tip: should space allow, pack 2 bottles of water for every bottle of wine!

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9.       A collection of bric-a-brac porcelain plates gathered from a trusty 2nd hand junk shop

10. The token red and white checkered napkins – which can double up as “plates” should your picnic menu be that of the finger snack sort And, there you have it…now it’s your turn – let us in on your picnic basket secrets…

Nan_blog picWritten for eat.art by: Nancy Hoepner  – Magpie Creative Only slightly exhausted mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner of Magpie Creative. Having worked with the eat-art team before, she is thrilled, and slightly bewildered to have been asked to (take time out from juggling and) add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige. nancy@magpiecreative.co.za | http://www.magpiecreative.co.za  https://www.facebook.com/magpiecreativecapetown

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