As lockdown restrictions ease, one of the safest ways to have a social life that doesn’t include a screen and a wifi connection is to get outside! Keep the groups small, of course, and abide by distancing measures when meeting up with friends and family for a picnic in the park. Here I’ve put together some of my favourite recipes that are easily packable into your tiffins and Tupperwares for the perfect summer celebration — check out my shop page for eco food storage.
Spinach and Feta Hand Pies (East by West page 211)
Inspired by Greek flavours, these chickpea pastry wonders will steal the show at your picnic. They make a great vegetarian main.
Nothing says summer like grilled wares, so I present: BBQ basted veggies with a tangy, garlicky vegan aioli. *chef’s kiss*
A Middle Eastern-inspired dish sauté dish that works well as a salad for your picnic.
I love including a pickle in any party spread for an even balance of Tastes — this one’s mix of flavours and textures makes it a sure winner.
A lovely filling salad that works as a main or as a side, tossed lovingly with BBQ-grilled asparagus and celery.
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Make your friends go “ooh yeah” with this slippery, crunchy, veggie, herby, noodle salad.
Think Tex-Mex flavours with these mini cornbreads — swap Autumnal parsnip for carrot or summer squash like courgette.
A really easy recipe that looks super impressive and reminds me of Tuscany (though I’ve never been!!).
This simple recipe that my other half Nick knocked up last year as part of a brunch makes a beautiful picnic offering — try baby fennel or tenderstem broccoli as an asparagus variation.
Dhokla with green chutney (East by West page 229)
These are light as air, sweet and sour squares made from gram flour that are ideal as a starter or a side.
Dessert is sorted! Made from tapioca flour and chickpea flour, these cookies are simple and delicious — add choc chips for kids.
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