Picnic Tips & Tricks
NOURISH hosted a summer picnic, and we have some great tips to share with you, here:
Think beyond the traditional picnic blanket when considering what to spread your feast out on. Quilts are especially fantastic.
Add an element of fancy. We always hear about bringing the outdoors in, but how about bringing the indoors out? Here, we used a gorgeous candleholder that served as the centerpiece, and brought a sense of elegance - even to a picnic.
Have fresh flowers. These aren’t just for your dining table. One quart Ball jar filled with tulips, like we did here, or even individual half pint or jelly jars, with a few wildflowers at each person’s spot adds beauty and charm.
Why use standard macaroni for pasta salad, when there are so many other interesting shapes? We used trennette here - think a triangle penne - but most any would work well. It elevates it to something more special.
For sandwiches, sprinkle mayonnaise with seasoning like paprika or Herbes de Provence to liven them up.
Speaking of sandwiches, we like to always make two kinds - one being vegetarian, and denote each with a different colored baker’s twine. Here, we used blue / white twine for the ham and gruyere and red / white twine for the grilled crimini, red pepper and lemon ricotta.
Simple syrup is better than adding granulated sugar to homemade beverages like lemonade or iced tea, since it mixes in better. The general guideline is 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water, and bring to a low boil until the sugar dissolves. Simple syrup is also a great vehicle for adding more flavor. You can infuse simple syrup with all kinds of things: basil, star anise as we did here, lavender...
We believe in champagne or prosecco at all times and in all situations and it works for a picnic as well, especially in split bottles. Plus, you get the bonus cuteness factor.
Speaking of cuteness, individual bottles of cold brewed coffee are also a great beverage option to have, as we did here.
Short mason jars with colorful striped straws add a festive touch, and are the perfect size to handle.
Reserve the oil from jars of artichokes, piquillo peppers, sundried tomatoes, tuna, etc. It’s infused with flavor and can be used in other dishes.
Waxed paper bags are much easier for picnic sandwiches than wax paper. Just fold over and voila! All sizes of Weck jars are perfect to eat / serve directly from. Their proportions and wide mouths make it a breeze. Cherry tomatoes, fresh fruit, pasta salad and more look lovely in them as well.