Chorizo and black pudding sausage roll

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the last sausage roll recipe of Picknic Blog’s Sausage Roll Week. As someone who eats their peas before my chips, I’ve saved the best until last. If this recipe doesn’t make me famous, well, I give up. I’ll pack up my blog, and you won’t see a single post from me ever again. Not one, single… Continue…

I-can’t-believe-it’s-veggie sausage roll

No, I seriously can’t believe. It looks like meat, and it tastes like meat – so how the hell is it not meat? Day four – the penultimate day – of Picknic Blog’s sausage roll week features this dazzlingly scrummy vegetarian sausage roll. In all honesty, your picnickers probably won’t notice the lack of sausage in their sausage roll.  Continue…

Get outdoors this winter: 6 reasons why you need fresh air

January to March are essentially “non-months”. Filled (or rather, unfilled) with diets, new exercise regimes, and unflattering puffer jackets, each dark day drags into the next with gruelling monotony. Snow and cold weather got Sinatra’s Christmas invitation a tad late, bursting in on the great festive hangover with unwelcome surprise. We lock ourselves inside and flick through our Instagram photos from summer, willing ourselves back to a time when legs were smoothly shaven, abbs protruded from flat stomachs like a six-pack of eggs, and sunlight glinted off white(ned) teeth. OK, maybe we’re not all striving to become The Only Way Is Essex material. Even so, many of us do spend the winter months effectively in hibernation.  Continue…

It’s begun… And you can join me.

I know how long some of you have suffered. Keeping your secret obsession with wicker hampers, tartan mats, and Thermos flasks under wraps for so long is tough. You and I alike have been forced to hide in plain sight, sitting down decorously in restaurants, or sipping coffee (without spilling it) from china cups in cafes.  Continue…

Let’s celebrate the humble potato with a thick and creamy potato soup

You know that person who goes through life forever narrowly missing out on the prize? The one who, always beaten by some less deserving individual, only ever makes it to second place? Perhaps you are that person. In which case you might like to know that there is someone who has, like you, suffered the same trials and hardships. Someone who has been perpetually taunted by the Gods and subjected to their whims. You probably already know who I’m alluding to. But then again, with your luck, you may not. That someone is: The Potato.  Continue…