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Celebrating International Picnic Day with Tesco


Celebrating International Picnic Day with Tesco
International Picnic Day takes place on the 18th of June this year and to help celebrate, Tesco's have recently launched their brand new Mediterranean deli range. The range consists of mix and match nibbles such as Crispy Mushroom Arancini, Moroccan Inspired Falafels, Meatballs in a Smokey Marinade, Lamb and Chicken Kofta's, Feta Spinach Pastries and Sweetcorn Fritters.... and I can tell you they are seriously yum!
Tesco Deli Range

The deli range is on a permanent multi-buy of 3 for £5 and many of the dishes included can be served hot or cold to suit you. We are away this weekend but are planning to take our hamper of goodies up the A303 with us to share with our relatives in London.

PICNIC TOP TIPS

  1. Pack with numbers - consider how many people you're feeding and pack appropriate quantities. Look out for mix and match deals like the 3 for £5 deli range at Tesco.
  2. Water - freeze bottles of water overnight and place in your picnic hamper to keep things cool. By the time you've arrived they will be nicely thawed and your food nicely chilled.
  3. Take the fun with you and pack some outdoor games like frisbee. Check out www.tescoliving.com for some inspiration.
  4. Pack your picnic basket upside down so the items you need first are the last ones you pack.
  5. Pop the picnic basket in the shade as soon as you arrive. It will help keep the food cool for longer.
Celebrating International Picnic Day with Tesco

I love the ease and convenience of shop bought picnic snacks, but I also like to include a few home made treats too. As you can see from the photo below I've been busy in the kitchen today making mini crustless quiches, ham and cheese pinwheels, peanut butter cookies and a lemon curd loaf cake! Of course a picnic wouldn't be a picnic without some freshly baked Cornish Splits with jam and clotted cream too....and that's on the to do list tonight!

Where will you be enjoying International Picnic Day this year and what treats are you going to pack? Some of my favourite recipes are below.

Celebrating International Picnic Day with Tesco

Picnic recipes you might like....

Mini Quiches
Mini Quiches

Cornish Splits with Jam and Clotted Cream
Cornish Splits

Golden Syrup and Oat Cookies
Cookies

Double Lemon Drizzle Loaf
Lemon Drizzle Loaf

Mars Bar Slices
Mars Bar Slices

Disclosure: Thank-you to Tesco for sending through the picnic hamper and treats.
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Fruit & Nut Oat Bars


Fruit & Nut Oat Bars

We all know Breakfast is the most important meal of the day...eat like a king and all that (I tend to eat like a king for lunch and dinner too, mind you 😋). You've also got to do your best to keep those horrible mid morning hunger pangs at bay and to stop the sneaky 11am biscuit tin raid!

I make a batch of these grab and go Fruit and Nut Porridge Oat Bars very regularly for mornings when time is too short to sit down for breakfast - and during term time that's quite often in this house. I'm sharing the recipe with you today to celebrate the Wake Up To Organic campaign, this year on the 14th June 2017. Independent shops and cafe's across the country will be serving up free organic mini breakfasts to showcase the delicious range of organic food and drink they have on offer, demonstrating how simple it is to make the switch to organic and how important eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast is. To find your local place to grab a free organic breakie on the 14th June take a look at the Wake Up To Organic website - you can also share your favourite organic breakfast using the #WakeUpToOrganic hashtag.

The UK's appetite for organic food is growing, as people become more aware of the benefits to the environment and knowing what's in their food. Wake Up To Organic hopes to encourage more people to try organic, with breakfast being a great place to start.

REASONS TO TRY ORGANIC:

  • Good for you - natural, tasty, fewer pesticides.
  • Good for animals - high standards of animal welfare with no routine use of antibiotics.
  • Good for the planet - high environmental standards, promoting and supporting up to 50% more wildlife.
Fruit & Nut Oat Bars

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THESE FRUIT AND NUT PORRIDGE OAT BARS:

  • You can vary the dried fruit and nuts in the oat bars to whatever you fancy. I used dried apricots, raisins, dried cranberries, chopped pecans and some pumpkin seeds. As long as the weight adds up to 340g it will work.
  • These bars are also great for quick after school snacks or for popping into the kids lunchboxes.
  • If you don't like almond butter use 150g butter instead.

OTHER OATY BAR RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Fruit & Nut Oat Bars

FRUIT AND NUT PORRIDGE OAT BARS


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Fruit and Not Oat Bars

FRUIT AND NUT OAT BARS

An on the go healthy breakfast bar with oats, dried fruit and nuts..
Ingredients
  • 370g Organic Porridge Oats
  • 125g Plain Flour
  • 1 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 100g Butter
  • 50g Organic Almond Butter
  • 175g Organic Honey
  • 5 TSBP Dark Brown Sugar
  • 340g Dried Fruit, Nuts and Seeds – I used dried apricots, raisins, dried cranberries, pecan nuts, pumpkin seeds and dessicated coconut
Instructions
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 170 C (150 C Fan) and line a 30 x 20cm baking tin with baking paper.Step 2: Melt the vanilla extract, butter, almond butter, honey and dark brown sugar in the microwave then stir all of the ingredients into al arge bowl. Once thoroughly combined press into the tin.Step 3: Bake for 20 minutes.Step 4: Cool before cutting into bars.

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Yield: 16 bars


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Disclosure: I received a shopping voucher and organic food hamper for writing this post. All thoughts are my own.
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Child Friendly Chicken Noodle Stir Fry


Child Friendly Chicken Noodle Stir Fry
It's been far too long since I've posted a recipe on here. Unfortunately due to a family bereavement, the last month or so has gone by in a bit of a blur, with no real inclination or energy to post - grief is SO DRAINING 😢. Time is a great healer they say, although I don't suppose I'll ever get over the loss of my dear Dad (he sadly took his own life after another battle with the evil depression), but I now feel in the right frame of mind to start blogging again and I'm itching to get creative in the kitchen! Cooking is my relaxation, and I need a bit of that at the moment.

This Chicken Noodle Stir Fry was a quick and easy mid week recipe that the kids absolutely loved. The stir fry sauce isn't spicy so suits the fussiest of eaters, and most of the ingredients can be found in your store cupboard.
Child Friendly Chicken Noodle Stir Fry

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING CHILD FRIENDLY CHICKEN NOODLE STIR FRY

  • Vary the veg by adding corn, mushrooms or courgette - whatever your fussy eaters will enjoy!
  • If you want to spice it up a bit add 1 chopped red chilli  to the garlic, onion and ginger base.
  • Leftovers are great for lunch the next day - I like them cold from the fridge!
  • To lower the carbs use courgetti instead of the noodles. Just quickly boil it in some salted water before using.
  • Use leftover roast beef or pork from your Sunday roast instead of the chicken. Just add it at the end and warm it through.

OTHER NOODLE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Child Friendly Chicken Noodle Stir Fry

CHILD FRIENDLY CHICKEN NOODLE STIR FRY


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CHILD FRIENDLY CHICKEN NOODLE STIR FRY

A child friendly chicken noodle stir fry recipe with lots of fresh veggies in a soy honey sauce.
Ingredients
  • 1 TBSP Sesame Oil
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, chopped
  • 1 Thumb size piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and cut into batons
  • 1 Red Pepper, sliced
  • 150g Mange Tout
  • 500g Chicken Breasts, chopped
  • 225g Tin of Bamboo Shoots
  • 225g Tin of Sliced Water Chestnuts
  • 250g Cooked Egg Noodles (cook in boiling water, drain and run under cold water – set aside until needed)
  • For the sauce
  • 8 TBSP Soy Sauce
  • 10 TBSP Honey
  • 5 TBSP Tomato Ketchup
Instructions
Step 1: In a large wok or frying pan heat the sesame oil and then fry the onion, garlic, ginger, carrot, red pepper, mange tout and chicken until the chicken has turned colour.Step 2: Stir through the bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and cooked noodles.Step 3: In another bowl mix together the sauce ingredients and pour over the chicken noodles, stir to combine.Step 4: Serve and enjoy!

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Yield: 4 adult servings


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