The Novel Bakers been busy packing picnic baskets, baking, and cooking up recipes for a couple of months now in anticipation of picnic week, from a host of books full of inspiration, delicious menus and theme picnics!
I had some inspiration for a Provençal Picnic from
“Chic country girl and gourmet Tori Finch understands the joy of a carefree picnic. There’s nothing like eating outdoors to capture your sense of adventure, and add flair to the food—whether you are entertaining a relaxed crowd of friends and family or preparing a romantic feast for two. Whatever the occasion, A Perfect Day for a Picnic is your guide to enjoying the outdoors life.”
“Many times on a a dreary day, I find myself gazing out of the window and dreaming of Provence. The fields of lavender, the azure sea. . .”
“However, you don’t need to be in the South of France to enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean. Summer’s harvest of produce and a warm sunny day are just what’s needed for a Provencal Picnic. Pack a checkered ground cloth, a baguette or two and some cheese. . .”
Among the recipes included for a Provençal Picnic was one for Salade Niçoise, a picnic friendly & hearty salad. Keep the eggs, tuna and dressing chilled and assemble when ready to manger!
I’ve been hoarding these galvanized déjeuner pails I found for $3.99 at Tuesday Morning or Mardi Matin a year ago. Fun for a packing or toting French picnic lunch!
Haricots verts, green beans, trimmed and cooked until bright green and tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cool water. I used a microwavable bag of cleaned and trimmed beans from the produce section.
Solid white tuna packed in oil, drained and broken into chunks
Bibb or Boston lettuce, leaves separated
Small new potatoes, boiled until tender
Hard-cooked eggs, halved or quartered
Plum tomatoes, halved (roasted if desired, I used grape tomatoes)
Nicoise or Kalamata olives
Anchovies if desired, I omitted
Simple French Vinaigrette
Simple French Vinaigrette
pinch of sea salt
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 generous teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, crushed (optional)
To make the dressing add a generous pinch of sea salt to the vinegar and mix to dissolve. Add the olive oil, Dijon mustard and garlic if using, and mix well before sprinkling on this salad.
I filled my picnic basket with some French treats from World Market or Marché Mondial. . .
French Soda and a Rosé. . .
Along with Filet Bleu Galet de Quimper Biscuits, a buttery shortbread cookie
Un Mondo Herbes de Provence Salami
Pack some Brie and some confiture frambroise.
And some cocktail cornichons
Provençal Picnic Details:
Déjeuner Pails / Tuesday Morning, a year ago
Napkin Rings & Confiture Jar/ Williams-Sonoma, several years ago
Napkins & Assorted Picnic Treats / World Market
Galvanized Bottle/Picnic Tote, Pottery Barn
White Dishes & Flatware / Mikasa French Countryside
Bistro Glasses/ Pottery Barn, several years ago
Blue & White Transferware / Antique Mall
“Lastly, when you get to the destination and set up the feast, don’t forget to relax, take your shoes off, enjoy the moment and pour yourself a large glass–you deserve it.”
“This book is a tribute to the picnic in all forms, be it a family day at the beach, a trip out in the car to your favorite wild spot with a flask of tea and a hunk of cake, or a cheerful children’s party. A picnic is one of life’s simple pleasures- they are about relaxing in the great outdoors. . .Mostly, they are a way of appreciating the good things in life. Live. Love. Picnic.”
Bring your appetite and your virtual picnic basket and visit Jain, Michael Lee and Linda for Picnic Week.