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Last Updated: 02/06/2016  
Tags: Simple And Easy Picnic Ideas

The countryside and parks around Surrey and London are brimming with wild life at this time of year – the sound of the spring chorus is enough to encourage us to spend more time outdoors, where we can enjoy the green, lush open spaces us English are so good at creating. They can be the perfect place to enjoy a family picnic, especially when the weather is good. However if you are fed up with soggy sandwiches and crisps, or perhaps spending too much time creating a gourmet picnic feast here are a few of our favourites from the ‘101 picnic ideas’ by the Guardian newspaper:

Beetroot salad

Peel raw beetroots and grate them. Add pistachios or hazelnuts; dress with orange zest and juice, and olive oil. Add some goats' cheese and chopped parsley.

Curried egg salad

Make egg salad with hard-boiled eggs, mayo, curry powder, Dijon mustard, lime juice, salt, pepper, parsley, onion and apple.

Cornflake chicken bites

Cut boneless chicken breasts into small pieces. Dip in milk or buttermilk, then dredge in seasoned crushed cornflake crumbs or cornmeal. Pan-fry in oil, drain, cool and eat cold with celery sticks, with ranch or blue-cheese dressing for dipping.

Chef's tip: Gordon Ramsay

Mackerel pâté – this is a great recipe for an starter too

Mix flaked smoked mackerel, crème fraîche, lemon juice and a good dash of horseradish. Or chickpea purée: whizz up a tin of chick peas with 4 tbs natural yoghurt, lemon juice and chopped fresh mint. Then pack a mixture of raw vegetable sticks, cooked shelled prawns tossed in olive oil and some grissini.

Asparagus – and seasonal at this time of year

Steam or boil; slice on the bias. Toss with orange segments, zest and juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Garnish with sesame seeds. Add prawns or shredded crab, lobster or chicken if you like.

Fore more recipe ideas please follow the link.

Source: The Gaurdian

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