Rain or Shine : Picnic Ideas

 The weather in the UK has been so unpredictable why not bring your picnic indoors! 
Here are some ideas for ‘portable’, tasty and easy picnic ideas for indoors or outdoors.
Savoury cake, mini hot dogs, aubergine pate and  tsukemono (Japanese pickle)
Savoury cake
Yield:  12 portions
12 tbsp white flour
3  medium organic eggs
400ml of milk
150 ml  sunflower oil
50 ml of olive oil
1 tbsp  baking powder
3 tbsp grated Parmesan
Cherry tomatoes cut in halves
1 pack of feta cheese cut in cubes
Green olives
Blender, rectangular or square baking tin (greased with margarine an dusted with flour)
Prepare the baking tin
Pre-heat the oven at 180C
1) First prepare the filling, wash and cut the cherry tomatoes in half and cut the  feta cheese into 1cm cubes and half the green olives.  Set the filling aside.
2) Now prepare the dough: Mix all ingredients in a blender.
3) Put half of the mixture in the already prepared baking tin.
4) Add the filling cheese, olives and oregano and put the rest of the dough on top.  Decorate the top with the cherry tomatoes.
Mini Hot Dogs
Yield:  about 40 mini hot dogs
Bow to mix the dough and baking tin (greased with margarine an dusted with flour)
1 cup of cornflour
1 cup of white flour
1 cup of wholemeal flour
3 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of salt
4 tbsp of melted butter
3 medium organic eggs
1 cup of cold milk
Chorizo sausage or good quality frankfurters, you can spread mustard when rolling the pastry onto the frankfurters
1) Mix all flours, baking powder, salt, melted butter and eggs  until you achieve a crumble consistency .
2) add the cold milk slowly to get a pastry consistency
3) open the pastry with a roll pin in rectangular shape-ish
4) cut the pastry into small squares to fold  the pastry. Lay one square of pastry at a time on a flat surface place the cooked chorizo or frankfurters and roll it firmly.
5) place in a baking tray
6) Brush with beaten eggs yolk
7) bake  for  20 mins or until golden
Serve with mustard and tomato sauce
Aubergine coarse pate
1 medium size roasted aubergine without skin and diced
80gr of roasted cherry tomatoes
1 white onion diced
100gr of diced spring onion
1 clove of garlic – I used smoked garlic
1)   fry the diced onions, garlic for 5 mins.
2)   Add the rest of the ingredients
Yield: 300ml jar, pending the size of the aubergine.
Japanese pickle, my friend Angel recipe, passed to her from her Japanese mother.
1 thinly sliced  cucumber
1 tbsp of wasabi paste
1 cup of beer
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp of rice or white wine vinegar
Let it marinade for a minimum of couple of  hours. It keeps for about 15 days in a jar.
 yield: pending the size of the cucumber about a 500ml jar.
 Delicious with rice, salads or by itself. 
Fingers crossed for good weather!  
This post was first published at Great British Chefs blog