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Check out all our tips for a successful picnic!
With family or friends; in a park, in the mountains or by a lake.
Let's start with a little background first. So what is a picnic? And isn’t it spelled picnic, or pic nic?
A picnic is a meal eaten outdoors, as part of a trip out, or maybe not. It ideally takes place in a picturesque rural setting, such as a park, by a lake, or any place with a nice view.
And often, you’re sitting on the ground. But picnicking doesn’t necessarily mean discomfort, or in any case, not here at Quechua!
And no, it cannot be written picnic! Indeed, picnic comes from the French word "piquer" meaning to peck, and "nique"
, which is a thing of no great value. Picnic is the Anglo-Saxon version of the original French word pique-nique.
What is a picnic without a quality meal?
To ensure everyone is satisfied, here are some tips to make your picnic a successful culinary moment!
As a snack, consider taking foods that are easy to eat:
- Vegetables to nibble (olives, cherry tomatoes, radishes, baby carrots), maybe with a little hummus to season it all?
- Crisps - check out our recipe for homemade vegetable crisps.
- Something to make small sandwiches (spreads, fromage frais, potted meat...)
- Obviously, sausage, an essential for picnics!
The main course:
It all depends on how many of you there are and whether you’ll be walking or not. However, be sure to bring food suitable for everyone's tastes, with a vegetarian option for those who don't eat meat or fish.
The classics are generally:
- All kinds of savoury cakes (sun-kissed vegetables, ham & olives...)
- Quiches or tarts (quiche lorraine, salmon & spinach, leek...)
- Large salads, generally of rice or pasta to garnish according to everyone’s preferences and tastes.
The best to finish off: dessert & drinks:
For the dessert, fresh fruit salads are usually the stars of picnics; but for real gourmets, pastries will be most welcome! Cookies or cakes will do the job nicely!
Finally, be sure to bring around 1/2 a litre of water (flasks, water bottles or water bags) per person for the meal. But if you’re hiking, make sure to take more!
For children, you can bring bottles of syrup or fruit juice.
Here are some tips on places you could go for a picnic with family, friends or with your partner.
You can go and recharge your batteries at the water's edge, whether it’s next to a lake, a stream or the sea. It’s the ideal solution in case of strong heat, where you can cool off between two mouthfuls. It’s the perfect place for young and old to have a good time. The only downside: beware of sand on your plates if you opt for the beach!
Do you want to immerse yourself in the heart of nature while doing a little sport? Then go for the mountains! As well as having an idyllic setting surrounded by flora and fauna, you can go for a hike to reach your picnic spot. Then again, the forest can offer a little cool!
Finally, you’re in town and want to switch off just a stone's throw from home? Have a picnic in the park! You can generally enjoy the facilities and amenities on offer, such as tables, bins or even toilets. In addition, there are often play areas for your children to have fun!