Popular Summer Activity - Picnic - Food, Fun, Family, and Friends
Picnics are truly a delight for family and friends! They're a wonderful concept of leaving the tedious lunch, dinner, breakfast routine for an amusing outing. I love picnics, and grab any opportunity that I can to take my family out for one. Even on road trips, I pack meals for a picnic-style to keep everyone entertained. Its as easy as finding a nice open space to stop. This gives us a break from any long trip, as well as saves me from feeding my family all that greasy, pre-made fast food from the service stops.
Mankind must have been having picnics through out history, but contemporary history has recorded it as far back to the French revolution. After the revolution in 1789, royal parks were opened up for the public. Immediately it became a popular activity for the French to picnic at the park. In the 19th century the British history recorded the term picnic for the London society people. And the list goes on, and now we know how wide spread they are here in the USA.
There is no right or wrong way to pack a picnic. It only depends on where you are planning to go. Places that we have gone picnicking range from mountain top to beaches, from open fields to the desert, from trails to boats. Our favorite spot is the beach. It's wonderful to have a sit down meal near the ocean. Just make sure you have a big blanket, and keep the food in the middle so the sand won't get in.
Here is a list of foods that have worked for my picnics. I put them together in a menu style, and you can mix and match as you like.
- Sandwiches (tuna, boiled egg, or cold cuts), veggie platter (carrots, broccoli, celery, etc), chips (organic healthy kind will do), chicken rolls (they look like little sausage rolls), and homemade cookies. Kids love this menu, because it allows them to quickly grab what they want, and never stop playing! When we decide to go on a picnic spur of the moment, I usually pack these items.
- All in one quiche (easy to make, and carry), your favorite salad, garlic bread, strawberries and cream.
- Baked chicken, potato salad, rolls, pasta salad, summer veggie tart, sheet carrot cake. These are great if your destination is nearby. You don't want to carry chicken around on a hot summer day.
- Chicken, pepper, and onion wraps, individual veggie pies, tortilla chips, and salsa, for the dessert - fruit pie, with cream on the side.
- Tuna burgers, rolls, chicken and potato salad, corn, zucchini and chickpea fritters. For the dessert: individual cheese cakes, and honey cookies
- Spicy baked chicken; spinach, and egg pie, German potato salad, rolls. Lemon tart
- French bread, Brie, grapes, olives, pâté, or terrine. Lemon scone with soft sweet butter.
These are some ideas for a picnic, and one can get creative and add lot more to the list. I did not add any drinks to the list, that could be according to what you like. I prefer taking lemonade on a summer picnic, and hot chocolate with extra marshmallow if you are going on a picnic on the snow! Yes, on the snow, and it is wonderful!
Some fillers that you can add to the list are things like cheese, and crackers; fruit platter, etc.