Apparently it was International Picnic Day on Sunday 18th June. You probably didn’t have a clue… and neither did I. But when I found out I decided that a picnic was exactly what we needed as a family especially with the lovely weather we’ve been enjoying.
Trying to plan days out at the moment are tough. In fact trying to get out of the house full stop is tough. Who knew that the addition of a newborn would cause such an upheaval. But it does.
A picnic however sounded like a great family activity.
Nice and casual for all of us.
But the only way a picnic is ever truly easy is when it doesn’t require much preparation or cleaning up, which is why we decided to pop into our local Tesco store to pick up some easy picnic hamper treats- especially after we heard about their new Mediterranean inspired deli range.
Along with a bottle of Tesco’s Finest Prosecco, we picked up some chicken and chorizo pastries, some mushroom arancini (mushroom rice balls stuffed with mozzarella cheese), feta and spinach pastries, rolitos (chorizo wrapped around gouda cheese), some sweetcorn fritters, some mozzarella and slow roasted tomatoes, some feta stuffed peppers, and your good old cured meat selection along with a tasty aioli dip. And of course some fresh fruit and bottles of water to finish it off.
Literally no preparation needed and so much more exciting than the foil wrapped squashed sandwiches I’d usually bring on a picnic!
We found the perfect picnic spot, rolled out the blankets and just took everything out of our cool box and feasted.
We could have unpacked everything and put it out all nicely onto plates. But no one really eats like that. So we left everything in its packaging and ate directly from the containers with our fingers.
^^Baby London probably gutted because she can’t eat yet… or in reality that I was making her wait for her feed while I polished off a sweetcorn fritter…
We did use our hamper glasses however to drink the Prosecco… we’re not that uncouth 😉
But just being able to just pick and eat what and as we wanted without having to think about cleaning up afterwards or having to repackage items was exactly what I needed as a busy mum of two.
We all know about how us mums have enough to juggle without having to make nice days out overly complicated.
We were able to bin all the rubbish, and everything else we could bring home in our cool bag and continue nibbling on from our fridge. No real tidying up especially if you come armed with baby wipes to clean those sticky fingers!
The best thing about Tesco’s new deli range is that many of the purchases can be eaten hot or cold. In fact I loved so much of the range that I’ll be purchasing them again to add something exciting to our meals at home as well as future picnic goodies.
For example many of the items would be great in summer salads (the stuffed peppers, the mozzarella and slow roasted tomatoes, olives) or as something exciting as an accompaniment to many of our meals at home (the pastries, the fritters and my favourite the arancini balls).
With bellies full, we listened to music while playing with our frisbee and trying to teach Little London how to play Quoits.
It seems the art of cheating comes at a young age 😉
Although the weather doesn’t look quite as sunny this week, I know that next week the sun is meant to return once more so it may be time to dust off your picnic hampers and start thinking about planning your own picnic soon, and I can’t recommend the mediterranean deli range more highly. Especially if you’re like me and want good affordable food that doesn’t take forever to prepare 😉
Tesco have even come up with some handy tips to help you enjoy your time outdoors: