Summer is here and that means outdoor activities galore. Picnics are an essential part of that and no matter where you live, as longs as there is a park in your neighborhood, you are on your way.
I love picnicking in Central Park – every time I go there (and I run there pretty much every day!) I feel like I discover a new little spot, in what is truly a gigantic park. There is plenty of grass to sit on and trees to sit under. The Great Lawn is considerably more active with many people there to play soft ball or frisbee, so I generally prefer the more quiet eastern side in the 60s and 70s where you can easily find a patch of grass to hang out on.
The most essential question you need to answer though is not where to sit but what to eat. Yep, that’s right. Picnics are all about food and packing the right things that you can easily eat with your fingers, that don’t perish or melt (too fast) and that will keep you satisfied for a couple hours.
I love keeping it easy and what’s better than taking some nut cheese, crackers, bread and fruit? It’s the perfect combo for a hot summer afternoon because it’s not too heavy and yet super satiating, while being delicious and yet healthy.
One of my new favorite brands is Treeline – they make a variety of different cashew based cheeses. My favorite is Chipotle Serrano Pepper and Green Peppercorn. Chipotle Serrano Pepper tastes great on a simple salt cracker, with some grapes or dried fruit to balance the spicy notes with some sweetness. A glass of dry white wine works well with it too 😉
I like to use Green Peppercorn Treeline cheese on a piece of fresh pumpernickel bread (this one is from a local bakery called Orwasher’s and it’s filled with nutty goodness). On top of that, I love adding fresh sprouts, orange jam and a couple strawberries. It makes a perfectly refreshing sandwich that is just bursting in flavors.
I love packing lots of fresh fruit as well, that you can snack on for a couple hours. Grapes and strawberries are great. So is melon and cantaloupe. Don’t forget to pack enough water as well, so you stay hydrated throughout the day.
Now, what are you favorite picnic foods???