OK, we’re calling it. It’s Picnic Season! August 22, 2016

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picnic season

We may be jumping the gun a little bit here, but after the beautiful weekend we’ve had, we’re sharing our tips for delicious snacking this picnic season. 

Yeah – it’s picnic season. Deal with it, end of winter.

picnic season

Strawberry Surprises

Watching little kids faces as you reveal an egg cartoon of these strawberries with a hidden surprise is so much fun. 

Place a medium saucepan half full with water on a high heat and bring to a boil. Place a glass or metal bowl over the saucepan, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t make contact with the boiling water (it should sit just above it). Break in half a block of milk or dark chocolate and a tablespoon of coconut oil and stir until the chocolate has all but completely melted. Remove from the boiler and continue to stir until you have glossy, melted chocolate.

Slice the tops off your strawberries, and scoop out about a teaspoon’s worth of the centre. Place the strawberry bottoms in an egg carton and fill with a spoonful of melted chocolate. Replace the ‘lids’ of the strawberries and get ready for delighted faces!

 

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Nature Friendly Sambos

This is a great tip for reducing waste at a picnic. Instead of using reams of cling wrap that will only be thrown away once you get to the park, use a little cooking twine to hold your sandwiches together. wrap the whole lot in a tea towel to preserve them on the trip, and then enjoy!

Voila – a nearly zero waste solution to bringing sandwiches to a picnic. (Also, top tip: bring cherry tomatoes and serve alongside sandwiches to avoid soggy slices in sandwiches.)

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Watermelon ‘ice blocks’ (sans sticky fingers)

Ah the bane of the picnic – attack of the sticky fingers. This little hack couldn’t be simpler, but it’s perfect for combatting icky, sticky hands. Cut watermelon into triangles. With a small knife, cut a slit into the skin of the watermelon. Add a wooden ice block stick and you’re ready to enjoy mess free delicious snacks on your picnic.

picnic season

It’s never too early to start picnic season – so get out there and get eating!

Picnic basket and table cloth on a meadow

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