First Picnic of the Year.. in the Garden

Picnic Salads

Last night when cooking the tagine I popped a chicken in the oven . This morning I was up early making salads and filling up the tiffin carrier using some of the cold chicken.


We were going to head out,  but the garden was so lovely with bird flying around and the bees busy pollinating the blackcurrant bush. That we picnic’d in the garden

Bumble Bee on Currant Bush

 I lay in the garden reading for a couple of hours and finally dragged myself up to sort out the camping gear for Easter weekend, which I have cunningly planned to be next to a food-award winning pub .

In summer  I made a lot of salad and the fridge it full of ingredient to pull together bit it is still only spring so there is not a lot of salad vegetables around . I was really please to see radishes are coming into season and found this onion and radish salad . From a Hairy Bikers recipe. 

Onion and Radish Salad

Onion ( 1 large – thickly sliced soaked
in boiling water for a few minutes, plunged into cold water) , radish (
4 – finely sliced) , fresh parsley ( handful – roughly chopped) ,
chilli powder ( 1 tsp) , cider vinegar ( 2tbsp).

Onion and Radish Salad

The caulflower salad is made from leftovers from last nights tagine

Caulflower and Cous Cous Salad
Cauliflower ( 1 handful
steamed but still al-dente) , saffron scented cous cous (10 heaped tbsp
– soak in a few strands of saffron in 200ml of boiling water ) ,
toasted sesame seeds, lemon juice ( 2tsbp ) fresh coriander/parsley (
finely chopped)

Worn out from winter vegetables slow cooked this salad uses carrots and cabbage but is light and refreshing also a good way to use up leftover chicken

Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Salad

Shredded Carrot , red cabbage , onion , cooked chicken, lime juice coriander red chilli

Using my standard jar of sundried tomatoes and olives that lives in olive oil in the fridge this is a real throw together

Orzo , chicken and Mediterranean vegetables

Orzo ( 100g orzo cooked til al dente)  ,cooked chicken (50g )  , sun dried tomatoes ( 2 tbsp roughly chopped )  ,roasted peppers ( 2 tbsp)  olive oil ( 2bsp)  mixed herbs ( 1tbsp) , salt and pepper.

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4 Responses to First Picnic of the Year.. in the Garden

  1. Kerri says:

    Lovely! I’m yet to eat in the garden yet but I can’t wait.

    Those salads look lovely, I’m a big fan of having a fridge full of stuff to throw together at the last minute.

  2. Anne says:

    How lovely to eat outside, the food looks delicious!

  3. Sophie says:

    Love it love it love it!! Now, all I got to do is wait for the sun!!!

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