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Picnic ideas - Help! I just can't think of anything!

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Fontella Fri 26-Aug-16 11:12:17

Me and my (fairly new) bloke are going on a hike and picnic on Bank Holiday Monday to get away from the local very busy town carnival and associated hellish crowds/traffic. We've got a busy social weekend and he said he wanted to chill and get away from it all, no driving, on Monday, so I and my big gob suggested a picnic in the countryside.

We are walking from home and will be carrying everything so it needs to be 'light' in terms of weight and fit in two backpacks. We are walking up a hill, chilling out on the top for a few hours ... and then sauntering home when the madness had died down.

I'm a pain in the arse as I'm a vegetarian (no meat, fish or eggs) and I also don't eat bread, so sarnies are out. He isn't a veggie and eats anything and is quite happy to eat the same as me. I am also happy to prepare meat or fish (as I do for my kids) I'm not an evangelical veggie, just don't like it myself.

We are taking a bottle of vino, but I need to put together the food and I can't bloody think of anything, that we could carry easily in backpacks and which we can both eat. It also wouldn't necessarily have to be 'finger food'. I do have some picnic plates/cutlery type stuff which are light enough to carry, but as it's going to take us a couple of hours to get up the bloody hill, it can't really be anything that would 'spoil' quickly.

(the more I think about it, the more I wish I hadn't sodding well suggested it). confused

I'm a good cook (at home) but I am flummoxed as to what I can do that fits the bill? I was going to go shopping earlier to get supplies but didn't go as I don't have a clue what to get. It's like my mind has gone completely blank ffs.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

80sWaistcoat Fri 26-Aug-16 11:21:26

Greek salad.
Roasted veg, couscous and goats cheese.
Make a bean chilli and have it cold.
If you eat pastry - then a veg pasty would be good.

Wine - sorted.

(Or go to M&S and buy a load of deli pots of things - like chillis with cheese inside and olives - decant them if you want it to look posh- or leave it.)

AtleastitsnotMonday Fri 26-Aug-16 13:23:11

Falafels, humous, crudités
Roasted veg puff pastry
Moroccan chickpea, apricot and cous cous salad
Feta and watermelon salad

Cookingongas Fri 26-Aug-16 20:31:07

Pasta salad

New potato salad This noodle salad

Cous cous with roasted veg and feta

Cheese board, olives, crackers



Fontella Fri 26-Aug-16 21:27:32

Thank you all so much for the suggestions!!

I've bought lots of little tupperware type containers today in Asda with the four clip thingies on each side, so they won't leak in a backpack - very reasonably priced and all different shapes and sizes.

He won't be bothered if there's no meat, so I'll stick to veggie and cheese. I've got a pack of noodles in the cupboard so the noodle salad is a great idea and I've also got some baby new potatoes - so I think that's what I'll do - lots of bits and bobs, olives, crudites, hummus and dips, salads etc.

Thanks everyone!


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