Sun blushed tomato, feta, herb and giant couscous salad jars

This dish almost tastes nicer once left for a while, which is what makes it the perfect picnic salad. You can choose which grains, beans and pulses you prefer. This is also delicious with brown rice, and even better with some leftover chicken shredded in there if you’re not vegetarian. But with chickpeas, couscous and giant couscous is my favourite way to do it. Just make sure you have some good quality sun-blushed tomatoes – I find sun-blushed are in fact sweeter and a nicer texture. Sun dried tomatoes can be chewy.  Continue…

Gluten and dairy free date cookies

These soft, chewy, and moreish cookies give your picnic that much needed sweet treat that will fully sate all five of your taste senses. It’s amazing what you can do without having to add gluten or dairy, and this recipe, with its subtle spiced flavour, really is the perfect feel-good treat. So you can crack out your favourite vintage tin and fill it up with these goodies – enjoy! Continue…

My five-day lunchbox saga

Whilst picnics are clearly the creme-de-la-creme of outdoor meals, packed lunches still have a je ne sais quoi – if you do them right. Say goodbye to plastic-packaged meal deals and on-the-go sandwiches. It’s time to make your packed lunch something you look forward to. Every week day this week, I will be showing you what I’ve packed for my work lunch together with a recipe. Continue…

Elderflower champagne

There is nothing that bursts with early summer more than elderflower champagne. Beautifully sweet with a delicate fizz, this drink is among my favourite drinks of the year, and as such provides the perfect beverage to accompany your picnic. But, alas, once it’s finished you’ll have to wait a whole year for your next sip of summery goodness.  Continue…