Jasmine’s 11 Recipes for the Perfect Picnic

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As lockdown restrictions ease, one of the safest ways to have a social life that doesn’t include a screen and a wifi connection is to get outside! Keep the groups small, of course, and abide by  distancing measures when meeting up with friends and family for a picnic in the park. Here I’ve put together some of my favourite recipes that are easily packable into your tiffins and Tupperwares for the perfect summer celebration — check outmy shop pagefor eco food storage.Spinach and Feta Hand Pies (East by Westpage 211)Inspired by Greek flavours, these chickpea pastry wonders will steal the show at your picnic. They make a great vegetarian main.BBQ Basted Veggies With Almond AioliNothing says summer like grilled wares, so I present: BBQ basted veggies with a tangy, garlicky vegan aioli. *chef’s kiss*Sautéed Buckwheat Sprout Pilau With Harissa and Za’atarA Middle Eastern-inspired dish sauté dish that works well as a salad for your picnic.Pickled Red Cabbage With Hazelnuts and Griddled Apple

Belly-Warming Baking With Jasmine

Food from the oven serves two purposes in winter: first keeping your belly warm from the inside out with freshly baked, roasted or braised home cooking, and second keeping you cosy with the the heat kicking out from the oven while you prep. When you’re done, keep the oven door open to cool and pop a dish of water in, then leave the oven door open to cool. Your kitchen will get a little steamy, which is excellent for a centrally heated home — introducing some much needed moisture back into the atmosphere. Here are some ideas to get your kitchen (and belly!) fired up.

Buckwheat Apple Skillet Cake

A beautiful breakfast — perfect for the season.

Caramelised Beetroot, Red Onion and Pecan Tart With a Quinoa-Almond Crust

My Christmas centrepiece for 2018, this delicious tart works all year round. Serve with steamed winter greens in the cold weather and a crisp salad come summer.

Caramelised Orange and Pistachio Mung Dal Cake

Oranges are a blast of sunshine from neighbouring southern Europe in the midst of winter. This is a cake made of mung beans — yes, you read that right.

Rosemary Mung Bean Bread

Another mung bean extravaganza, this bread is a gamechanger for so many reasons. It’s wholesome, easy, simple, gluten-free, high in protein and affordable — oh and nut-free, which is a rarity when it comes to gluten-free baked alternatives!

Chai Spiced Cranberry Cookies

From my most recent Christmas repertoire, these sweet spiced biscuits remind me simultaneously of lovely gatherings with family and friends and of my travels.

Blackberry Apple Ginger Buckwheat Cake

Another apple cake, this one has some extra heat thanks to the  ginger, and a beautiful mottled appearance thanks to the the classic pairing of apples with seasonal blackberries. Serve hot with tea and mmmh…



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