Wednesday 24 July 2019

Modern or an old fashioned picnic?

I hadn't thought about what other people put in their picnics until I was sent an email about how hard boiled eggs, sausage rolls, coleslaw and jam sandwiches are the thing of the past and now it's all about cured hams, hummus and flatbreads.

When I was a kid and my grandad used to pack my brother and I a picnic there was always jam sandwiches or if we were lucky sugar sandwiches. Don't knock them until you've tried them. hehehe, scotch eggs, sausage rolls or cocktail sausages, crisps and some fruit. Usually an apple.

When I make a picnic it usually involves ham sandwiches with pease pudding on shop bought bread rolls, cheesy snacks like Babybel, crisps, sausage rolls and fruit. If I really plan a picnic ours would include pork pies, cocktail sausages and scotch eggs too.

I asked the kids what they would prefer in a picnic:

Items of picnics past: 
Jam sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, shop bought scotch eggs, cartons of cocktail sausages, pork pies, cans of lager, chicken drumsticks, quiche, sausage rolls, shop bought coleslaw, iceberg lettuce and white rolls.


Modern Day Picnic items:
Artisan Lemonade, cured hams (Parma, serrano), sandwiches made with sourdough bread, hummus, flatbreads, homemade bread, kalamata olives, champagne, Italian wines, rare roast beef and ginger beer.

Becky said that the modern day items were all fancy and grown up things. I think they are too. Ellie said she would like the picnic past items along with the hummus. lol She's verging on turning fancy. hehehe I don't know where she's got her love of hummus from because nobody else in the family really eats it or likes it.

On average Brits have 5 picnics each summer and the top places to have them are in the countryside, a park or on a beach. Buttermere, in the Lake District topped the list for best picnic spot, closely followed by Richmond Park, London and Devon’s Dartmoor.

When we have one we usually go to the park or the kids will sit outside in the garden. We wouldn't think of taking a picnic to the beach. When we visit the beach we have to have chips. hehehe When I think of a picnic on the beach I think of sand in the sandwiches. Eww!

Do you have many picnics over the summer?


  1. We mostly have our picnic at service stations when we are travelling. There is no way I'm paying for lunch in their overpriced food outlets. We are quite oldfashioned and go for soft bread rolls with either ham cheese or plain (which are great for throwing on a packet of crisps!) Then we have crisps (of course) sausage rolls, scotch eggs, mini sausages, cakes, fruit (usually, apples, pears and grapes) and bottles of water with some squash to add if wanted. We also love beach and garden picnics. I'm a big fan of hummus and breadsticks or carrot sticks.

  2. Funnily enough, a colleague and I were talking about this just the other day! Some people take proper plates and everything too :D

    The next time I take my niece and nephew to the beach we're planning on having a picnic. Last time I took them I thought they'd be excited about fish & chips at the beach, but my nephew asked if we could have a picnic instead. Oops!