June 18 is World Picnic Day. A very important part of having good family time amidst busy work life is surely a picnic. But, Pandemic has put a stop to it. Here’s how you can still have that perfect home picnic
This ‘World Picnic day’, aren’t we all craving for a cute outdoorsy picnic with our loved ones? Unfortunately, with the current circumstances, an outdoor picnic is not possible anytime soon. The lockdown has meant for us to stay home, so why not set the picnic atmosphere at home itself!
The first and foremost thing to keep in mind is to set the excitement right. Plan days in advance, right from the menu to the décor to your outfit; just as how you would for any other regular picnic.
Make sure to use a spot that has natural lighting that is mellow and just right. A balcony is a great option. In case, you don’t have a balcony or any other natural light in your house, you can always opt for a cozy picnic with blankets and fairy lights. You can also even consider using a makeshift tent. One is surely never too old to have an indoor picnic.
Your picnic menu is always up to your own individual preferences. All you have to do is make sure that the menu you plan is picnic-friendly and not something that would spill or dirty your surroundings easily.
Few great picnic menu ideas you can consider are Frankie wraps, Chickpea salad, Your choice of sandwich, pasta salad, deviled eggs, Pita bread and hummus, cupcakes, brownies, pizza, lasagna…The list is endless. You can also consider having a theme for your picnic menu; think Lebanese, Indian, Japanese or any other cuisine that sets your mood right.
Here’s an easy and quick picnic friendly recipe that will have you drooling
Picnic Guacamole with Pepitas and Crunchy Cracklins by Ryan Farr
Serves: 6 to 8
3 large ripe avocados, halved, pitted
¼ cup white onion, finely chopped
¼ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1 serrano chile, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, or to taste
1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or to taste
½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds, for serving
Tortilla chips for serving
In a large bowl, using a fork, smash the avocado flesh until coarsely mashed. Stir in the onion, cilantro, chille, garlic, lime juice, and salt. Taste for seasoning, adding more lime or salt if needed. Sprinkle the toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) over the guacamole. Serve immediately alongside a big bowl of tortilla chips or pork rinds.