We’ve been busy packing picnic baskets, baking, and cooking up recipes for a couple of months in anticipation of picnic week, from a host of books full of inspiration, delicious menus and theme picnics!
I had some inspiration for a Lakeside Fishing Picnic from
“A picnic is classically defined as a meal eaten outdoors on an excursion. But why settle for that when you can experience a Sunset Romance Picnic, a Snowshoe Picnic, or even a Dinner Picnic in Bed? Hilary Heminway and Alex Heminway share dozens of creative ways to take a meal outside, whether the sun is just coming up for the day or romantically dropping in the sky, in the heat of summer or during a winter’s chill. All-season picnics include: Sunset romance, boat on a lake, snowshoeing in the woods, rodeo tailgate, riverside barbecue, horseback riding, dog pack, picnic for children, and rainy day.”
A minnow bucket is serving as centerpiece with Queen Anne’s Lace
for a table on our dock at the lake for this Gone Fishin’ Picnic.
Aluminum fish plates, landed at Pottery Barn several years ago
join a fishing net I reeled in as a tablecloth.
Freshwater Asian clam shells littering the dock and
left by resident muskrats dot the shoreline of the table.
My husband’s grandfathers tackle box, complete with some vintage reels and lures
is joining the fun and ready for a little action.
And a Falls City Air Breather Minnow Bucket is toting the Catch of the Day,
a Fennel and Apple Tuna Salad with Pita Pockets.
Gone Fishin’ Tuna Salad
15 ounces solid light canned tuna, drained
1/2 cup chopped fennel
1/2 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Pepper to taste
Mix mayo with next 8 ingredients. Combine tuna, fennel and apple and mayo, mixing well. Chill to allow flavors to meld.