Don’t be a few sandwiches short of a picnic; here are some tips for picnicking perfection
Do it with style
Mom deserves the best. You may be eating outdoors, but that’s no excuse to let your standards drop. Match a beautiful wicker basket with a suitable blanket (it helps if the underside is waterproof). Invest in some eco-friendly bamboo cutlery and plates. Wrap sandwiches in wax paper or reusable wraps.
Make sure all your kit is in good nick (no leaks or holes) and check that lids are sealed on tightly; you don’t want to arrive at your spot with a hot mess of a basket.
Plan for no-shade
Whether you pack pretty parasols or an umbrella. Sometimes natural shade can be hard to find.
Don’t forget the wine—or the wine paraphernalia
Nothing could ruin a picnic quicker! Double check that the bottle opener is packed in and bring along a lightweight tray to balance wine glasses on.
Keep ‘em separated
Keep components such as dressings, fillings and optional extras in separate containers to avoid items getting soggy.
A jam jar works beautifully for shaking up simple salad dressings; measure in balsamic, olive oil, sea salt and pepper and shake when needed.
Keep things chilled
Store ice in a flask, so that you can easily chill your drinks and not worry about the ice melting.
Leave the ice cream at home… the kinds of desserts that work best are ones that can be packed with out fear of squishing. Bake some brownies, pastry tarts or rice crispy treats—these are also gold as you can eat them with your hands.
Leave it to the experts
All you need to do is pack your sunglasses for this one. Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch offers one of the best gourmet picnics in the country. They cater for kiddies too.