Thursday, 13 August 2015

How to host the perfect picnic.

Chatsworth House, Bakewell.
How to Host the Perfect Picnic - Elizabeth Anne
Saviour summer with wholesome food, traditional games and soak in the picturesque views. There is nothing more wonderful than setting off into the countryside complete with a wicker picnic basket filled with tasty treats and a soft blanket to lie on and admire the idyllic views. It’s a great way to bring family and friends together especially on a sunny afternoon. Enjoy watching fluffy clouds float by, the sweet scent of flora and escape from everyday stresses. Here I show you a few bright ideas for the perfect picnic.
How to Host the Perfect Picnic - Elizabeth Anne
How to Host the Perfect Picnic - Elizabeth Anne
How to Host the Perfect Picnic - Elizabeth Anne

Elderflower Cordial

Quench your thirst with this ideal countryside cordial on a hot day. Homemade is delightfully refreshing but store bought is also good. If going for homemade, make 2 days ahead of your picnic date to get the best flavours. Add a jaunty twist with these floral paper straws from DotcomGiftShop


20-25 Elderflower heads
1kg sugar
2 lemons
1 lime
1L water

Add the zest and juice of the lemons and lime into a large sterile jar. Add the sugar and flowers then pour in the water. Leave for 48 hours to infuse, giving the jar a shake morning and evening to maximize the flavours. Using a muslin cloth, strain the infusion ensuring you only get the drink and not the flowers into a sterile bottle. When ready to serve, dilute the cordial and pop in a pretty straw.
How to Host the Perfect Picnic - Elizabeth Anne

Spinach, Feta and Roasted Pepper Tart 

Easy to assemble, packed full of flavour and perfect for sharing (Of course, shop bought are delicious too.) Keep chilled until the very last minute and pop into your picnic basket. 


Short crust pastry
100ml butter
200ml milk
300g Spinach
300g Cheddar cheese
170g Feta
1 Red pepper
4 eggs

Preheat your oven to 180. Over a gentle heat, mix the butter, milk, eggs and cheddar until soft. Remove from heat and place to one side. Stir the spinach, feta and pepper together and pour into the pastry base. Pour the egg mix onto the base ensuring to poke holes to allow it to cook evenly. Top with any remaining cheese and pepper and bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

How to Host the Perfect Picnic - Elizabeth Anne
How to Host the Perfect Picnic - Elizabeth Anne

Transportation tips

Make transporting your picnic effortless by preparing ahead. Keep tasty treats fresh in these floral-inspired tupperware containers from DotComGiftShop. In a variety of sizes, they can be used for salads, sweet treats and savory snacks. Use an old apple crate as storage for all your picnic essentials and then can be turned upside down and used as a mini table. Create a handle for your picnic rug by tying string to it for easy carrying. Make sure it is wrapped around the rug securely, roll up and away you go!

What's your favourite way to spend a sunny afternoon in the countryside?


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