It’s so easy to get caught up in office madness. Days can go by when you are so busy, you rarely leave your desk. It makes a BIG difference to leave the building for lunch. A great way to enjoy the approach to summer is a picnic in the sun with your work pals.
This week we took advantage of the warmer weather (and a birthday) and each brought in a few goodies to share. We filled the cooler bag with wraps, salad ingredients, fresh bread rolls, a delicious homemade tomato chutney, a big wedge of camembert, strawberries and honey.
My contribution was a jar of Ma’s ‘Eggplant Relishiousness’, a batch of butternut pumpkin and chickpea patties and some sugar-free chocolate bars.
The patties are really simple – cut pumpkin into small pieces, sprinkle with Moroccan seasoning and bake for 20mins. Mash pumpkin with a tin of chick peas and 1 egg (I used egg replacer). Add a handful of chopped parsley, half a cup of Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) and combine. Form mixture into flat balls and coat in Panko. Heat in a pan and serve. Easy peasy!
We headed to a nearby park, found an empty picnic table, laid everything out and happily feasted. It was so much nicer than eating at the office!
One of my work pals recently returned from a month in Spain where they snacked daily on pieces of soft cheese dipped in honey then lightly coated with ground coffee. Sounds a little strange, right? I’m no coffee drinker but it was actually pretty good! Initially I thought the flavour of the coffee might be too much but it really complimented the cheese and honey. It’s an impressive combination.
A few days beforehand I received some Well Naturally sugar-free milk chocolate bars in plain chocolate and fruit and nut. This was quite fitting as one of my work pals is on a sugar-free diet. We shared the chocolate and it was quite good! I really noticed the reduced sugar, especially at first bite as there wasn’t an overpowering sweetness smacking me in the face like some other chocolates. My sugar-free pal was impressed too. I prefer my chocolate dark so I’m keen to check out the sugar-free dark chocolate range.
We unanimously agreed that we should escape from the office on a regular basis to unwind, share delicious food and recharge. I’d love your suggestions dear readers, what is your favourite picnic dish?