Grow Your Own Picnic! – It is that time of year when we are all enjoying the great outdoors, which must mean tucking into picnics with gusto too … hurray! And as the mode du jour for 2021 is bringing the inside out…it is not only food that we can grow for our dining table in the sun, but decoration too!
The Burpee Europe team think that there is nothing finer than a hamper filled with tasty morsels made from homegrown ingredients. But one can go a step further by bringing the ambience of an intimate restaurant table for two by growing a flourish of flowery finesse with which to decorate your picnic blanket!
Recipes from Burpee Europe
With harvest time for tomatoes, courgettes and peppers just around the corner, Burpee Europe have a whole host of treats made from these summertime favourites.
From ‘Courgette Scones’ made using Courgette ‘Sure Thing’ to ‘Tomato & Mustard Tarte’ resplendent with Tomato ‘Crimson Plum’ …many of Burpee’s recipes, devised by the chef Valerie Hamelin, can be made in advance before consuming.
Tips for picnic food:
Make Burpee scones and tarte the day before and keep in fridge ready for the next day.
Make your own salsa and use plenty of lime juice that will keep it fresh.
Use an ice box where possible to keep food protected. Frozen bottles of water make great extra ice packs too!
Flower Display Ideas
A sumptuous display can be produced for the picnic blanket by selecting Burpee’s blooms that are in flower and just ripe for picking and displaying.
Celosia ‘Fandance Purple’ is just amazing in any display and perfect for carrying as they are sturdy plants. These flowers are so vibrant they even look stunning with some simple foliage such as silvery Eucalyptus tree leaves.
And if you want to make a big, cheerful, summery statement, even one bloom of Tagetes (African Marigold) ‘Mission Giant’ has a real wow factor!
Tips for flower displaying:
Display in jam jars & tie matching coloured ribbon to blooms used around them.
Place one different flower in a selection of mismatched egg cups and place it on a tray in the centre of the blanket.
Use a selection of just flower heads and float in a stable bowl filled with water
Tomato & Mustard Tarte Serves 4 people Ingredients:
1 pre rolled shortcrust pastry sheet
6 tomatoes ‘Crimson Plum’
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp Gruyere cheese
Salt & cracked pepper
Place the pre rolled pastry in a 10-inch diameter tarte mould.
Blind bake the pastry at 180 degrees until the pastry is golden brown.
Remove the tarte from the oven and spread the mustard on the base.
Slice the tomatoes, and neatly place them on top of the cooked pastry, drizzle the olive oil, add cracked pepper & herbes de Provence.
Place the tarte in the oven and cook until the tomatoes are soft and cooked.
Grate the Gruyere cheese on top of the tomatoes and place it back in the oven for another 8 to 10 minutes until the cheese has melted.