We’re in luck - the sunshine is out, and just in time to celebrate National Picnic Week! At BoroughBox, we absolutely love everything about picnics - the great company, the (fingers crossed) sunshine, the soft and cosy blankets, wicker baskets stuffed full of baked goods, a bottle of bubbly, and endless supplies of treats.

We were curious about exploring the idea about what makes the ‘perfect picnic’, so put together some of our favourite recipes, as well as some creations from the BoroughBox team. Enjoy!

1) Pastries

We LOVE a good pastry. There are so many combinations out there that it is sometimes hard to choose our picnic favourite! However, we’ve narrowed it down, and there are two ‘quintessential British classics’ that we just can't get enough of - sausage rolls and scotch eggs. While these are always welcome and can be found in most, if not all supermarkets around the country, there is no better feeling than a warm, freshly home-baked pastry.

Making them is easy.

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Sausage Roll Recipe

Ingredients:
½ small garlic clove
Handful parsley, chopped
400g pack sausage meat or sausages
375g pack ready-rolled puff pastry
1 beaten egg, to glaze

1) Turn the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

2) To add some extra flavours to the stuffing, crush half a small garlic clove, adding salt, pepper and parsley until it becomes a paste. 

3) Add this to 50ml of cold water and stir thoroughly. If you own a food processor, place 400g of sausage meat and mix at a high speed, adding the water mixture periodically. If you don’t own a food processor, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Buy yourself some sausages, peel them out of their skin and mix the meat and add the mixture to the meat.

4) Grab your ready-rolled pastry. Place it onto a chopping board and cut it in half (horizontally).

5) Spread the mixture and align the pastry leaving some space on the edges, roughly 1 cm.

6) Break an egg onto a bowl and stir. Tighten the pastry around the meat mixture brushing the pastry with the egg.

7) Place in the oven for 25-35 minutes until the pastry is crisp and meat has cooked thoroughly.

 Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/mini-sausage-rolls


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Scotch Egg Recipe

Ingredients:
5 large eggs
300g good-quality pork sausage, skinned
1 tsp black peppercorn, crushed
140g cooked ham, shredded
25g sage, apple & onion stuffing mix
1 tsp chopped sage
1 tsp chopped thyme
1 tsp chopped parsley
100g plain flour, seasoned, plus extra for dusting
100g dried breadcrumb (preferably Paxo)
Sunflower oil, for frying
Piccalilli, to serve

1) Boil 4 eggs for 7 minutes. Scoop the eggs out and place them into a bowl of iced water, peeling them once cooled.

2) Place sausage meat into a bowl, add an egg, seasoning and mix thoroughly, yes, we love using our hands when it comes to cooking.

3) Cover an egg in flour, flatten the meaty mix and wrap it around the egg. 

4) Dip the mix into some beaten eggs and then onto bread crumbs. Repeat the same for all 4 eggs. When it comes to cooking there are two methods you may choose to follow. 

A Deep frying:

With a saucepan, heat 5cm depth of oil in the pan until it reaches 160 degrees, use a cooking thermometer to measure this, lower the eggs, cook eggs for 8-10 minutes, gently turning them to cook evenly, until golden and crisp. Place on some kitchen paper to drain and cool.

B) Oven-cooked:

If the previous method isn't for you, you can just place the eggs onto a baking tray and place them into the oven for 10 minutes at 170 degrees.


Recipes courtesy of BBC Good Food: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/videos/techniques/how-make-scotch-eggs / https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/scotch-eggs-0

The Ultimate Pastry Picnic Platter

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James, our COO shared his perfect picnic platter (above) - and it’s all about pastries and sandwiches! We also like how he didn’t forget to add a little colour to the plate with a delicious salad on the side. When asked why he chose the scotch egg, sausage roll, and sarnie combo and he said: “They're the perfect picnic snacks because they're brilliantly portable, easy to make and taste great.”

2) Sandwiches

For the sandwich lovers out there, there are no limits! You could make yourself a standard ham and cheese sandwich, always a safe bet. If you want to spice things up, grab some extra fancy ham, add some mustard, pickles, cress, lettuce and make yourself a perfect ham sandwich. The magic about sandwiches is the fact that there are honestly no limits, fancy something sweet? Why not a PB&J, there are so many different types of peanut butter and jams out there, you could spend weeks trying each and every one of them.

Alicia, our Head of Content absolutely loves sandwiches when it comes to picnics: “I’m a huge fan of open sandwiches, so I thought I’d share my favourite recent creation. Sourdough bread, medium cheddar cheese, sliced roast beef (slow-cooked on the bbq for 5 hours), gherkins, homemade red + white cabbage sauerkraut with apple and caraway, and mustard on top. Tastes so good! You get the smokey flavour of the beef, the saltiness of the sauerkraut, the smooth creaminess of the cheese, and the sweetness of the gherkins. Perfection!” 

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3) Salads

 If you don’t want something too heavy and prefer lighter picnic options, we have a salad recipe that’s so easy and delicious that you won't be able to go on a picnic without it.

Chicken, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad Recipe

Ingredients:
65g walnuts (optional)
650g chicken breasts
3 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil (divided)
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
300g baby spinach
1 pomegranate, seeded 

1) Preheat the oven to 135°C. Lay walnuts on a baking sheet and cook until fragrant, approximately eight minutes, then set aside to cool.
2) Toss chicken with 1 tsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper, heat grill to medium-high, grill the chicken until no longer pink inside four minutes per side. 
3) Transfer to a cutting board, cool slightly and slice crosswise into slices, whisk together vinegar, remaining oil and garlic in a large bowl.

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If you’d like something a bit cooler and crunchy, a potato salad goes perfectly alongside many of the meals we mentioned before. Making one of these is easy. 

Quick Potato Salad Recipe

Ingredients:
5 medium potatoes
5 tbsp mayonnaise
5 tbsp greek yoghurt
5 tbsp sour cream
2-3 spring onions
Half a small bunch of chives

1) Grab yourself 5 medium potatoes, chop them into small, equal-sized pieces,  and place them into a pan filled with boiling water. Boil them for 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and that's the hard part done.

2) Find yourself a bowl, add 5 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 5 tablespoons of greek yoghurt, 5 tablespoons of sour cream.

3) Add salt and pepper, chives and spring onions and voilà an incredible potato salad. You can choose to serve it there and then or place it in the refrigerator to cool.

4) Snacks/Other Sides

Sandwiches, salads, and pastries done - so what other sides can you have on a picnic? 
We recommend some delicious crisps to be shared around (or demolished by yourself). Some Brie or even Camembert to dip your bread, crackers, cucumbers, you can literally dip anything really, don’t worry, we won’t judge.

Why not add something fresh like some fruits and veg into the mix? Some cucumbers and carrots go perfectly alongside some hummus and Tzatziki dip and a fresh watermelon is always welcome during a hot summer day. This is the reason we love picnics so much here at the boroughbox HQ, it is the one meal where no rules apply, you can bring along a little of everything and it will all go perfectly alongside each other.  

Pedro our Digital Marketing and Product Executive shared this photo of his perfect picnic and it ticks plenty of boxes! Cheese, sausage roll, bread, crisps, fruit, chocolate - beer! Love it! The reason he chose it is because: “You never know how long a picnic will truly last, it can be as quick as 15 minutes to hours on end. So, when it comes to putting together an incredible picnic platter, I grab myself something slightly heavier and that will keep me full for longer like a homemade sausage roll and or sandwich as the main attraction. Then, I'll bring as many sides as I can. Crisps and pork crackling are always a good option, great to share or just have for yourself. Add some fruit in there and you've got yourself a nice cool dessert. And for drinks, I'm an iced tea man myself but a cool beer or fruity punch can be a great addition too!"

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5) Sweet Treats

Chocolates are always welcome, just make sure to keep it somewhere cool and out of the sun otherwise you’ll have yourself a delicious mess on your hands, literally.

No Flour, Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Vegan and Gluten-Free. No Flour or Egg. 
Ingredients: 
180g rolled oats.
2/3 tsp baking soda 
2/3 tsp baking powder 
70g sugar (any sugar you have) 
3 tbsp vegetable oil 
3 tbsp milk (oak, coconut, or dairy if vegan-friendly isn’t important)
80g chopped chocolate 
You’ll need a food processor or a blender for this one. 

1) Preheat the oven to 180°C, add oats, baking soda, baking powder and sugar to your blender/food processor, blend well.

2) Place this into a large bowl, add oil, milk (dairy, oat or almond) and mix well until wet and combined, and add your chocolate chunks.

3) You know how we do it here, so, time to get your hands dirty again! With hands (or spoons) form 10-15 balls onto a tray lined with baking sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes in the oven, let it cool on a cooling rack.

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Recipe originally C/O Love Cocoa - https://lovecocoa.com/blogs/chocolate-recipe/

6) Refreshing Drinks

Beers, wines, lemonades, water and soft drinks are a must - but sometimes, we like to get a bit creative! Here are some of our favourite recipes when it comes to making a refreshing and absolutely incredible drink.

Summer Punch Recipe

Ingredients:
125ml lemon juice
50g caster sugar
250ml elderflower liqueur (we used St Germain)
250ml vodka
500ml apple juice (Bradley is best if you like it sharp)
125ml sparkling water
Ice
Fresh summer herbs like lemon verbena, mint and basil (optional)
lemon slices (optional)

1) Grab yourself a large mixing bowl, add 125ml of lemon juice and 50g sugar and stir well until sugar dissolves. 

2) Add 250ml of elderflower liqueur, 500ml of apple juice, 125 ml of sparkling water, ice and fresh herbs - mint and basil are a perfect fit.

3) if you want to add some kick to it add 250 ml of vodka. Stir everything and transfer into a large serving bowl. Enjoy! 

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Original recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/wilhelminas-punch

Refreshing Red Wine Cooler Recipe

Simple and quick. Mix your 750ml red wine and 600ml lemonade together add lemon slices and mint. Refrigerate and there you go, a refreshing and slightly alcoholic drink, perfect for a sunny day.

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Original recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/refreshing-red-wine-cooler

Pear, Ginger and Raspberry Quencher with Urban Cordial

Ingredients:
35ml pear and ginger cordial
20ml raspberry liqueur (optional)
15ml lemon juice
Ginger ale (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

1) Mix pear and ginger cordial, raspberry liqueur and lemon juice in a shaker with ice and shake.

2) Strain over ice and top up with ginger ale.

3) If you don't want alcohol, replace the raspberry liqueur with some smashed up fresh raspberries and switch the ale for a non-alcoholic ginger beer

Peach Iced Tea Recipe

Ingredients: 
200g granulated sugar
5 ripe peaches, stoned and chopped, 1 sliced to serve
4 teabags

1) Place 200g of sugar into a pan and add 250ml of water under a low heat. Stir gently until the sugar is fully dissolved. 

2) Add roughly 5 chopped peaches and cook until soft.

3) Remove from the heat and mash the peaches, leaving to rest and cool for 1 hour. Sieve the syrup through a fine sieve into a jug, squeezing the fruit, releasing all the juices, place into a jug 

4) Place 4 tea bags into a large heatproof jug and add 2 litres of boiling water, leaving to steep for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags and leave to cool, placing in the fridge cooled. 

5) Stir the tea into the tea, add ice peach slices and serve. 

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Original recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/peach-iced-tea

So that’s it - our perfect picnic guide! Have we missed anything? Let us know on social if so!