The Riverside Cares gang love a picnic and we love an outing to the beach too and who cares what the weather’s like as long as it isn’t raining. For us there is one British cookery writer who best captures perfect food for the great outdoors, it’s Nigel Slater. His use of simple ingredients that taste better ‘en plein air’ is captured in this recipe, brilliant in it’s simplicity. He advises, if you can’t hack cucumbers you can use banana’s as an alternative.
So why do the team at Riverside Childcare love picnics? Could it be that it’s a way of finding our inner child. We see it as the perfect medium for both adult and child fun and freedom. It’s incredibly easy to involve children in the preparation whether it’s choosing the menu, the games and table cloths (don’t forget to always pack a ground sheet for underneath even if it appears dry and oh yes several huge umbrellas) right down to the means of transporting the food if a picnic basket isn’t available. The thing about British picnics is that it is accepted that the menu must allow for a child to both sit with the family and eat or race around the surrounding area with food in hand. Looking for the perfect place to find the freshest ingredients? Fancy foraging in East London? Try Stepney City Farm
Fascinatingly the word picnic derives originally from a french word that meant you could bring wine to meal, it later evolved into the French pique-nique which suggests bringing together little ‘pieces’ of food as opposed to presiding over a lavish meal. Now one could argue that it is teetering near to becoming a grand spread again.
Open your mind to taking the picnic out of it’s traditional setting means you can free your creativity and have marvelous year round experiences. We’re having heaps of fun on pinterest creating a Picnic board if you’ve ideas do share them. If a feast has been planned and you luck out on the weather then don’t loose the spirit laying everything on the dining room table – push the table aside and set out that picnic cloth on the floor soften the seating arrangement with a bunch of cushions and off you go.
Fancy an outing to a London Beach? Then reach for your diary and mark July 12th as busy! We’re collaborating with JW3 to bring you a Parent and Baby Fest!And we’re delighted that Jill and Emma will be delivering their latest Feed Your Children Well event at JW3 It’s a fab day-long event with special bookable sessions and best bit, it’s all free! Perfect if you have a new baby or toddlers running around. Come along for this one day celebration of birth, the first years and beyond. A fantastic opportunity for you to get the inspiration & information you’ll need for these magical first years of parenthood, while meeting other families and spending a special Sunday with your loved ones and guess what thinking of the great British Outdoors – there’s going to be a lovely sandy beach too!
Meanwhile, it’s Bank Holiday Weekend. Let’s cook up a bit of Nigel Magic!