What to take on a summer picnic

The weather’s heating up and with New Zealand’s stunning range of outdoor locations – it’s the perfect time to plan a picnic. Here’s some suggestions of what to pack:

1. Adorable Picnic Jars

These adorable picnic jars with crunchy Asain salad and peanut dressing are a perfect addition to your picnic basket. It’s no fuss and everything tastes amazing when it’s serves in a Mason jar. This recipe serves four so if it’s a cute date you’re heading out on, half the recipe. Place the dressing on top of each of the salads in the jars. Alternatively, store the dressing in a small jar and serve on top when you’re ready to eat the salad. See the recipe here.

2. Sileni’s Nano range 

Perfect for the outdoors or your picnic basket Sileni Nano offers convenience that doesn’t compromise on wine quality. The Sileni Nano is the first 100 per cent recyclable, all-in-one glass and bottle. Sileni Nano comes in a unique single-serve package made from multi-layer plastic, making it leak-proof and unbreakable. Traditionally plastic packaging alternatives have not protected the wine from oxygen and light, meaning the wine is not at its best when people drink it. The Nano range features the same wine as the award-winning Sileni Cellar Selection range, include a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir. Sileni makes wines designed to bring out the best in local cuisine from around the world, enhancing flavours and textures. The Sauvignon Blanc is delicious with seafood, a summer salad or fresh goats cheese. The Pinot Noir matches perfectly to a soft and creamy brie, smoked salmon or try it with duck or lamb.

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3. White Picnic Loaf 

Made by one of Goods favourite foodies, Caralee Caldwell, this loaf is ideal for picnic, the entire family will absolutely love it. There is noting better than cute little hand-cut sandwiches made from freshly home-baked bread. You can make the entire load using a food processor, making it so easy to throw together to the morning of a picnic. See the recipe here.

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4. Rosé Jelly 

It’s always a favourite summer drink to enjoy with friends and family, and we’re enjoying it in more ways that one! Try this richly coloured paste with a delicate rosé flavour that is ideal for your summer cheese board. Store in the fridge until the last moment before stepping out the door to head to your picnic. You can store it in a cooler container inside your basket to keep it cool until you’re ready to enjoy it!  See the recipe here and for more cheeses inspiration, click here.

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5. Choc Fudge Brownie Skewers 

Chocolate with the fruit of the season – strawberries – need we say more? These Choc Fudge Brownie Skewers are a healthy alternative to traditional recipes. Perfect for a picnic; they are easy to transport and taste delicious. They can be made the day before and placed in the fridge until you are ready to load up the skewers. See the recipe here.

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