Spring is the perfect time for picnics. Get out into the countryside as soon as you can, all you need is a sandwich and a drink, a rug to sit on so you can gaze up at the sky through the blossom. It's not too hot yet in the middle of the day, so you can have your lunch time break out in the park or the countryside and be back at your desk ready for the afternoon.
Buy a brightly coloured thermos flask for coffee or tea to warm you up in case the weather turns cooler, and if you like try this recipe for a vegetarian picnic loaf that can be made the day before.
Vegetarian Picnic Loaf
200g flour, plus 10g baking powder
120g feta, chopped
50g pitted black olives, chopped
40g pine nuts
4 eggs beaten
2 sundried tomatoes, chopped
80g olive oil
30g white wine
salt and pepper to taste
Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the flour.
Beating all the time add the olive oil, milk and white wine.
Season well with salt and pepper.
Mix in the sundried tomatoes, olives and pine nuts.
Line a loaf tin with oven paper and pour in the mixture.
Sprinkle some more pine nuts on the top
Bake in the oven at 180 for about 1 hour.
If liked serve with Greek yoghurt.
|A new thermos flask in shocking pink|
|Teddy bears' picnic|
|Gaze up at the sky through the blossom|