Here are 6 fab recipes to include in an easy Summer Picnic Feast. They’re all recipes from top food bloggers and include a strawberries & cream classic, scotch eggs, dips and salsas and even some finger licking ribs. Plus I’ve included some more sweet treat options because I just couldn’t resist! Go grab the picnic blanket…I’ll see you at the park!
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Welcome to my second time as the #CookBlogShare link on Feast Glorious Feast! Once again, instead of publishing a new recipe, I’ve put together a selection of fab recipes from this fab community of food writers. I hope you enjoy the collection!
Before we get to the recipe, I’m going to take this rare opportunity to do some waffling. The last 3 months have been an odd time (we’re slowly coming out of the pandemic lockdown for those reading at a later time).
There have been many highs and lows but one of the highs is that people have been cooking and baking. A lot! Which means that those of us with food websites have welcomed lots of lovely new readers of late. It has also allowed me the opportunity to join an ad network so that I can finally earn a little bit of money to pay for the running and upkeep of this site.
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The most exciting thing that’s happened since my last hosting stint is that I’ve launched a brand new 7 Day International Meal Plan! Bonus news…its FREE!
Th plan is designed to make the most of all cooking time. I’ve designed the meal plan to include a range of different cuisines and ingredients but also incorporate and make use of leftovers.
Many of the recipes will pull double, if not triple duty. Despite this, I’ve designed the meals to not be repetitive or boring (I hate eating the same thing twice straight away!).
For example there are three meals which use Sesame Bagels. For breakfast one day, they’re served with smashed Avocado. At another breakfast they’re served with cream cheese and another topping like smoked salmon or prosciutto if you like. And then they’re served for lunch with Boston Beans. Nothing repetitive about that!
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What’s Coming Up
There are lots of exciting new recipes in the works, including some more mezze items to complement my Hummus, Pul Biber Roasted Aubergines and more roast dinner favourites to serve with my Roast Beef & Gravy, Roast Potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding recipes.
But next up is going to be a recipe that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. My Puff Pastry Sausage Roll recipe is so popular that I’ve been wanting to recreate another Greggs option…..the Vegan Sausage Roll. And I tell you what…its bloody fabulous!
What is #CookBlogShare?
#CookBlogShare is a wonderful way for a wide range of food writers, recipe creators and bloggers to come together and share each other’s recipes.
Each week the host chooses a selection of recipes which have been submitted during the previous week to showcase. Check out the 2020 collections since my last guest post:
- Week 12 – Lost in Food – One Pan Meals
- Week 13 – Recipes Made Easy – The Chocolate Collection
- Week 14 – Curly’s Cooking – Easy Biscuits & Cookies
- Week 15 – Lost in Food – Loaf Cakes
- Week 16 – Tin & Thyme – Easy Individual Cakes
- Week 17 – Recipes Made Easy – Cheesy Bakes
- Week 18 – The Peachicks Bakery – VE Day Street Party Treats
- Week 19 – Lost in Food – Spring Asparagus
- Week 20 – A Strong Coffee – Luscious Low Carb Meals
- Week 21 – Recipes Made Easy – Meat-Free Recipes for Summer
- Week 22 – Cooking with My Kids – Fruit Filled Recipes
- Week 23 – Lost in Food – Vegetarian Recipes
- Week 24 – Apply to Face – Strawberry Recipes
For more information about weeks 1 to 11 in 2020, check out my Easy Everyday Feast post. This was my first time guest hosting and I put together a selection of recipes to create a simple feast and also featured a stunning selection of Easter bakes.
Recipes for A Summer Picnic Feast
So when I was looking at this week’s selection of recipes linked up to #CookBlogShare, I couldn’t resist creating a selection I’d like to pack up and take to the park.
You simply need to add some great bread to a true feast. Don’t forget the butter!
Red Hot Ribs from Recipes Made Easy
I absolutely love to take some great finger food on a picnic and ribs often feature in my picnic feasts.
Don’t worry about these ribs being overly spicy, the red hot is the colour and not the level of spice. They otherwise only take an hour to cook, and 50 minutes of that is pure hands off oven time. Which makes them perfect for whipping up the night before all ready to have cold on your picnic the next day.
Just don’t forget a pile of napkins and an extra bottle of water to help with the in-field hand washing which will be required!
Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Paprika Hummus from Easy Peasy Foodie
Is a picnic even a picnic without some hummus? I think not! And whilst I love a really simple and smooth plain hummus, it really is a lovely idea to throw in some extra flavourings for a bit of pizzazz.
This roasted pepper and paprika version from Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie really is as easy peasy as she’d have you believe. All you need to do is roast some red peppers in the oven for 20 minutes before throwing them into a blender with all the other ingredients. And bingo, your hummus is ready to go.
This is another great recipe to prepare the night before and stash in the fridge until picnic time. As well as some bread for dipping, you could also make some simple veggie crudites for dipping.
Tomato Salsa from Lost in Food
Of course you could just throw some tomatoes and lettuce leaves into your picnic basket.
But by spending just a few minutes chopping up the tomatoes. Add a couple of other simple ingredients and you’ll have a gorgeous fresh and zingy salsa perfect for cutting through the richness of those sticky red hot ribs.
I would still throw in some of those lettuce leaves on the side. Some sharp and peppery rocket, watercress or even baby spinach would be my leaves of choice. But if you live firmly in the iceberg brigade, then sure, go for it.
As well as eating the salsa with salad and ribs, you could also throw in some tortilla chips to scoop it up or pile it onto you bread for a quick cheats bruscetta.
Vegetarian Haggis Scotch Eggs from Farmersgirl Kitchen
If ribs aren’t your thing or you simply want more variety at your picnic, this veggie twist on a classic scotch egg is a must try!
Scotch eggs were literally designed as the ultimate portable snack. You can make them the day before and store in the fridge so they’re perfect to grab and go on picnic day. They’ll also pair perfectly with the flavours of Lost in Food’s tomato salsa and Easy Peasy Foodies’s red pepper hummus.
Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberries & Whipped Cream from Curly’s Cooking
A picnic isn’t a picnic without something sweet is it? And what better flavour combo for summer than classic strawberries and cream!
I know for a fact that Cat’s simple Vanilla Cupcakes are taking the world by storm. And this new summery spin on them just looks gorgeous.
If you are worried about transporting them to a picnic spot in one piece, I’d recommend stopping the recipe just before the decorating stage. Stash your whipped cream ready in a piping bag into your cool back and pack some strawberries into a reusable container.
You can then whip out the cream and strawbs to top the simple sponges right before eating.
Vegan Berry Smoothie from Melissa Traub
Every picnic needs a drink and whats more refreshing than an easy smoothie pack full of summer berries.
Ok, obviously I wholly advocate packing a bottle of something sparking, a 6 pack and whatever soft drinks also take your fancy. But a smoothie is the closest you’re really going to get to being able to take ice cream on a picnic.
Just make sure to make it last minute and pack it in a thermos to keep it lovely and cool. And don’t forget some beakers and robust straws too!
More Sweet Treats for a Summer Picnic Feast
I am simply awful at narrowing down all the recipes linked up this week to just 6. I definitely couldn’t manage just 4 this time around! So I’ve also included a selection of some of the other sweet treats which would be ideal taken on a Summer Picnic Feast.
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