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…

How to make a traditional cucumber sandwich

Cucumber sandwiches. The mascots to any cricket match, the emblem of Victorian and Edwardian aristocracy, and, naturally, the stubborn patriarch of today’s afternoon tea. Like the greedy inheritor of a great fortune, the cucumber sandwich sits on its three-tiered throne and stubbornly refuses to give way to other, more modern, culinary delights. It outlives the comings and goings of the ham, smoked salmon, and egg mayo sandwiches: but has the cucumber sandwich compromised itself in order to keep the throne?  Continue…

Spice up your picnic with a spiced mango chutney

“And my chutneys and kasaundies are, after all, connected to my nocturnal scribblings — by day amongst the pickle-vats, by night within these sheets, I spend my time at the great work of preserving. Memory, as well as fruit, is being saved from the corruption of the clocks.” — Saleem Sinai in Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

Writing the past and pickling fruits may well be acts of preservation, but once the finished product makes its appearance on a piece of paper or in a Kilner jar, it can be all too easily misplaced, lost, or forgotten.

Continue…