Romantic Picnic Food
Romantic Foods For Picnics
Picnics have long had a romantic lure about them. There is just something about the simplicity and honesty of a picnic that makes you feel connected to your picnic date.
Of course, you will want to think about how the food will keep on a hot summer day - you want to focus on the romance, not on lugging an ice chest to the middle of the park or worry if your food went bad.
Here are some romantic picnic food ideas to get you started.
Fruit picked at the peak of freshness is the perfect romantic picnic food for many reasons. It's sweet, succulent and perfect in a natural state - just like your picnic. The best recommendation when it comes to fruit is to bring fresh seasonal fruit. Fruit is at its sweetest when it's season, and for a romantic picnic, you want to truly taste and enjoy the sweetness of the fruit.
There are several romantic fruits to bring on your picnic.
You may be wondering if cheese can be romantic. Quite simply - yes. There are many cheeses full of sweet luscious creaminess. Even cheese with less than desirable aromas can become romantic when paired with wine or the right companions.
If you are planning a picnic in the warm sun, consider a firm, low-moisture cheese, such as Gouda. Also, if you are planning crackers with your cheese, go with a neutral, low-salt cracker so that it doesn't compete with the cheese.
I've even seen some cheese, such as brie, served in a heart-shape, around Valentine's day. If you are going with a firmer cheese, such as the Gouda mentioned above, can consider cutting it into heart shapes, but that might be a little more "cheesy" than romantic.
More Romantic Picnic Foods
If you are serving fruit and cheese at your picnic, consider bringing some side items that will complement your chosen fruits and cheeses. Here are some ideas.
- Honey - a few drops of honey on the right cheese can be delicious. Not to mention that a few drops of honey by themselves can also be romantic.
- Jams and Jellies - a sweet jam, such as apricot, pairs well with cheese and crackers. And, if you get a little sticky jam on your fingers, you can let your date lick it off.
- Nuts - nuts a great great accompaniment to cheeses on your picnic. Consider walnuts or almonds. Just make sure to bring shelled nuts - cracking a walnut and picking out the meat from the shell isn't very romantic.
Romantic Picnic Desserts
What is a picnic without dessert? Consider desserts that can be eaten by hand and that don't require refrigeration.
- Peanut butter chocolate cookies
- Lemon poppyseed cake
- Pound cake
- Mini tarts (tartlets)
- Shortbread cookies
Wine and Other Picnic Beverages
When most people think of romantic picnic ideas, they automatically think wine. This is for good reason - wine is the perfect picnic drink. I particularly love a nice, crisp, slightly-chilled white wine on a hot summer day. It goes great with the the fresh seasonal fruit you've packed. Consider a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Gris. Another great romantic option is a little bubbly champagne.
Remember, you will need to bring a couple of wine glasses and a corkscrew as well. Consider getting a picnic wine carrier just for these occasions, such as those pictured here.
Of course, you can certainly have a romantic picnic without alcohol. I'm very fond of a sparkling grape juice or a sparkling apple cider. I also like to serve the sparkling juices in wine glasses for that romantic feel.
The main thing about a romantic picnic is to enjoy your partner. Don't worry about every detail and let the picnic take a natural course. Prepare foods that travel well and sit light on your stomach. Don't overstuff yourself and get a tummy ache, instead focus on the romance. You want be in the moment and take in the beauty of your surroundings.