Posts Tagged ‘picnic’

UK National Picnic Week 9-15th August

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

National Picnic Week 9-15th August: an old tradition that is still great fun

During the 14th century, picnics were medieval hunting feasts. These feasts, taking place before the hunt began, were of special importance. The typical foods would be cheese, baked specialities, pastries and lovely preserves.

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary (2nd edition, volume XI, p. 779) picnic means “a fashionable social entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions; a party including an excursion to some spot in the country.

The oldest print evidence of the word picnic in the English language can be traced back to 1748, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The word picnic was known in France, Germany, and Sweden before it became part of the English society.

According to Wikipedia, “the first usage of the word picnic was traced to a 16th century French text, describing a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. A theory has it that the word picnic is based on the verb piquer which means ‘pick’ or ‘peck’ with the rhyming nique perhaps meaning trifle. The 1692 edition of Origines de la Langue Franqoise de Ménage, which mentions ‘piquenique’ as being of recent origin, marks the first appearance of the word picnic in print. The word picnic first appeared in English texts in the mid-1700s, and may have entered the English language from this French word or from the German Picknick.”

What about today?

Picnic is fashionable more then ever! People are still in love with picnics in UK and you will see lots of groups this week end: from families to friends or couples, from easygoing to high end, from beer to champagne!

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Springtime butternut squash pie (in the park!)

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

It is finally springtime and all we want to do is go outside and enjoy a picnic in the park.

But foodies are foodies no matter what.

When it comes to picnics, they like to share something special with their friends.

This weekend we were invited to a lovely Dinner Club ( www.DinnerClub.tk ) and we had the occasion to try a springtime delight made of butternut squash and lovely organic cheese.

It is a perfect idea for a picnic. Easy, tasty, refreshing, it goes perfectly with a glass of Prosecco and apple juice.

If you like the look of it and want to prepare it, here is the recipe:

Ingredients

Pastry:

White flower

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A pinch of salt

Filling:

A sweet butternut squash (1.5 kg)

3 white onions

3 yellow potatoes

3 eggs

A generous slice of Organic cheese (300g)

Seriously Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A pinch of salt

Method:

It is better to start with the pastry, which needs to be beautifully smooth and requires a bit of work. Once you have shaped your pastry with your rolling pin, you will only need to put together the filling.

The filling is a simple mix of onions (fried in a pan for 10 minutes), potatoes and butternuts squash (diced and boiled for 10 minutes), fresh eggs and organic cheese (grated).

Wrap the tasty filling in the pastry and sprinkle with perfumed olive oil.

Just 35 minutes in the oven and you can serve a delicious pie.

Prepare your picnic bag and enjoy a spring day as we did.

Food is great, life is beautiful!

The FoodAdo Team