Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A Picnic Platter

In an effort to make the most of the last few rays of summer-nearly-autumn sunshine, quick impromptu weekend picnics have been taking place - and instead of spending time making up bags of sandwiches, cutting up cake and fruit, I have devised a much easier lunch. If your not going to be hiking to your picnic site and it's an easy distance from your car or home this is definitely the way to go.........

I simply grab all the tasty looking items in the fridge and the fruit bowl, cover a large baking tray with greaseproof paper and layout all the goodies as a large platter. I usually cut the cheeses, meats and some of the fruit and salad stuff into easy bite sizes, I fill a small dish with a little sea salt and another with a good olive oilfor diping the bread and vegetables. I choose a french stick or loaf of interesting bread, a bottle of wine and a blanket - and it's all done. It takes about 10 minutes to be ready........ just remember to cover the platter with clingfilm and it's best to triple cover the oil and salt so you don't have spillages.

The whole point is that it's and easy finger food, just rip off chunks of the bread - if you are organised a few plates and napkins won't go amiss but essentially is simple al fresco eating.

For this platter I used all the usual foods in our fridge, cooked meats and salami, a few different cheese - mozzarella, feta and a smoked cheddar, a variety of olives, sun dried tomatoes, baby vine tomatoes, cucumber, strawberries and radish. Any combination will work.

When you get to your picnic location, unveil the platter, open the wine, rip the bread, hand round some plates and get everyone to tuck in - a simple, al fresco and above all, a relaxed lunch.

Oh and don't forget some glasses for the wine!

Have a great Wednesday
Love Lizx