With spring well and truly here there is no better way to wash off the winter cobwebs than to get outside and enjoy a beautiful lunch with friends in the sun.
I grew up on a farm where we’d often head off to our favourite spot on the farm for picnics on a nice day or just as a get together with family and friends. Now that I live in Sydney I don’t have the luxury of being surrounded by beautiful bushland like I used to, but it just means I have to be a little more adventurous!
There are actually so many amazing picnic spots in all the beautiful parks that surround where I live, especially with the harbour glittering in the sun as your backdrop. However, if you feel like something a little more isolated where you really feel like it’s just you and your friends, the trees, and a bottle of wine to go with your delish picnic hamper….then maybe it’s time to hit the road.
It just so happens that I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in a challenge as part of the ‘Voices of 2013’…a challenge that involves me driving around and doing fun stuff in a new Ford Territory Titanium for a few weeks, which could potentially (fingers crossed) turn into ‘for keeps’. Fun stuff it is….and luckily it has plenty of seats for all my favourite passengers to come along for the ride! Next stop…Wattamolla Beach, in the Royal National Park just outside Sydney.
A spring picnic can go any way, but for something easy but still a bit special here are some ideas for putting together the perfect spring picnic hamper to share with friends.
For starters it’s always good to have the ‘ready to whip straight out’ nibbles platters with your first drink in hand….I love to fill mine with marinated olives, slow roasted tomatoes and the always perfect prosciutto. Then of course we should go for cheeses, quince paste, medjool dates, grapes and plenty of crackers and fresh bread. It’s also great to whip up an easy homemade dip like artichoke & cannellini bean dip.
A great food for picnics is a terrine; I love to make this pork & chicken terrine from delicious mag. It’s easy to transport and you can just slice it up and serve with pickles when you find your perfect spot. Accompany with a fresh salad and some fresh crusty bread. To finish it all off, go for a crowd-pleasing but easy choc hazelnut brownie…with some cream and fresh raspberries just to make sure you’re not cutting any corners!
So just pack your picnic blanket, your plastic wine glasses, fill your basket with all your goodies, and you’re set. However, if you have something bigger in mind or you just can’t be bothered to prepare anything, just get in touch with the wild rabbit and we can handle all your picnic hamper needs for you.