I’m not a big fuss and muss kind of person; I don’t have fancy tableware, I don’t like eating outside because the preparation and clean-up often last longer than the meal itself, and I don’t really like lingering over a meal unless it’s a special occasion.
Over the past few weeks, however, I’ve found an exception to the rule: picnics.
My husband’s cousin invited us to go on a picnic two weeks ago and again last Friday evening. There were a group of her friends, everyone brought something to share and we met in a park. The food was simple: some cold cuts, a few different kinds of salad, some cheese and bread. And, seeing as how we are in France, there were a few bottles of wine to uncork as well! We had such nice relaxed evenings, talking and getting to know the others while the gang of kids ran around like crazy fools and set off water balloon pyrotechnics (don’t ask, you don’t want to know). And it barely cost a thing- I grabbed some leftovers that I had in the fridge and it seemed like everybody else did the same.
Last night I realized that we could have indoor picnics as well. We went to a friend’s house yesterday afternoon for dessert and hit the road for home around 7:15. I admit it, we turned into the McDonalds’ parking lot with every intention of getting dinner to go. When we saw the line of cars waiting at the drive-through backed clear into the street, however, we hightailed it for home and I decided to have a picnic dinner.
We had some sliced ham and I cut up a melon and some cheese. With some bread and a little bit of leftover three bean salad, we had a quick and easy meal fit for a picnic. It took far less time to prepare than it would have taken to order a meal, not to mention that it was much cheaper and healthier too!
What’s your favorite picnic food? Let’s make a virtual picnic feast!