• The sandwich that doubles as a birthday cake. (Adam Liaw)Source: Adam Liaw
Grab a decent picnic blanket and snacks that are easy to move from point a to point b. We've got your entertainment sorted.
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23 Sep 2021 - 11:21 AM  UPDATED 23 Sep 2021 - 12:37 PM

For a lavish spread of snacks, think tarts with fresh salads, quick cakes and pull-apart loaves, to flasks of colourful drinks and popped corn, plus the ultimate picnic food – muffaletta. We've got you covered in the snacks and tracks department for when the time comes for you to step outside and see your friends and family once again.

Let there be picnics...


 

Crab your haloumi

This recipe is such a treat! Even though it’s a tart (no, not like that!), crab and haloumi really make this case for pastry exciting. This tart is great hot or cold, which is why it's great to take on your next adventure with your friends and family. It's easy and impressive, so you'll look probably win some new friends along the way. 

Carried away with a spin and dip

Havuc is a simple and rich Turkish dip made with shredded carrot, the almighty garlic toum and Greek yoghurt. Perfect served with crudites, pita bread, crispbreads or simply with a tablespoon. Mind the double-dip - it's been done...

Classic quickstep
Hummus with butter and pine nuts

There is hummus and there is hummus. We are happy to admit that we are strict hummus police. This is our perfect homemade Lebanese hummus, dressed with toasted pine nuts and butter.

Pivot with a pull-apart

A loaf you don't need to slice?! We have you covered.

Simply pull sections apart to serve. The secret is in the way the uncooked dough is cut, coiled then placed into the tin - it’s actually simple to do. You can vary the filling ingredients too if you like, by adding slices of salami or prosciutto, using chopped sundried tomatoes instead of olives, or substituting basil leaves for the oregano. A great way to use up sad-looking herbs and the offcut of your cheeses. 

Also great with...
Bacon, beer and rosemary jam

Imagine you’re making a sandwich or a burger and you open the fridge only to find that you’ve run out of bacon. It’s a difficult and distressing thought to dwell on, so stay with me here just a moment longer. Imagine then, discovering that past-you had cooked up a batch of this jam: an in-case-of-emergency-break-glass* jar of bacon-laced jammy goodness to get you through the hard times.

Maca and choc rock

Dark choc, roasted wattleseeds, chopped macas all in one damper. Ready to be wrapped and propped under your arm like a satisfying bag of goodies. In fact, it really is a bag of goodies all in one loaf. 

 

Ricey body roll

Kimbap is the other seaweed roll that hails from Korea. Traditional versions use bulgogi meat, assorted vegetables and omelette. The rice is seasoned with sesame oil and salt rather than vinegar and sugar. There is no need for dipping sauce as everything is properly seasoned to create that perfect well-balanced mouthful. 

Plus ricey sandwiches
Onigirazu

Onigirazu is basically a sushi sandwich. It's very, very simple and a favourite for my children's lunchboxes.

THAT Highland fling

Originally a sandwich developed in New Orleans by Sicilian migrants, a muffaletta is an excellent and portable picnic dish. Layer your favourite smallgoods, cheeses and grilled vegetables into a hollowed-out loaf and you’re just about ready to go.

The sandwich that doubles as a birthday cake.

Speaking of layers, how about that cold pizza fling from the night before? #nojudgementonlylove

Grandma pizza

Sprinkling the cheese right to the edges makes it nice and crispy – you like crispy cheese, don't you?

Pop, lock and drop it (into your mouth)

Expect great things from this salty-sweet combination of cumin-spiced popcorn, crisp curry leaves, peanuts and currants - it's a play on the Indian bar mix known as bhuja or chiwda and it's the quintessential can't-stop-won't-stop snack of any picnic dream. 

Heard it through the grapevine

Variety is the spice of life and this neverending sherbet is all kinds of fruity variety. You can keep adding cores and skins of any hard fruits that take your fancy and this fermented colour pop of a drink should break the ice over with good conversation starters and perhaps a game of charades. The liquid will continue to ferment gently and you can keep refreshing the drink with water for up to three months. Don't worry if it starts to taste like vinegar, the easy fix is to use it as vinegar and make another batch.

Pack the esky...
Grown-up strawberry slushie

It may look like a childhood summer favourite, but this is definitely an adult drink. It could be mistaken for a cocktail if it wasn’t served at a farmhouse. It’s quite dry ... just the way I like it. 

Do the pocky

Just when we thought grissini had no game in swoops a choc and sprinkle finish to mimic the Pocky sticks we all know and love. Look at those sprinkles, people! Talk about a sensational snack for kids, big and small...

 

More pick-me-up ideas
Pasta and tuna picnic salad

This recipe was inspired by a visit to the pristine waterfalls and plunge pools of Maguk, in Kakadu – the perfect spot for a picnic with this easy one-bowl salad.  

How to master the art of the French picnic
In celebration of Bastille Day, here are seven ideas on how to host a chic picnic with French savoir-faire.
Melt and mix chocolate coconut cake

Everyone needs a good old-fashioned chocolate cake in their repertoire that is easy enough to whip up on a whim. Made with a simple melt-and-mix method this delicious cake is a real crowd-pleaser.

Picnic punch

This punch mixture can be made at home and mixed when you arrive at your picnic. It’s delicious with sparkling wine for the adults, or with soda water for the kids. The secret to this recipe is the fresh ginger juice. It’s a light and refreshing drink with just a hint of spice.

Picnic recipes
Grab your friends, a decent picnic blanket and snacks you can eat with your hands. We're thinking Cajun-fried chicken, Himalayan rock salt and caraway pretzels, and crunchy battered cauliflower, but no sweat – you have options.