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…

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…

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.

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