Wednesday, 28 August 2013

No Soggy Sandwiches - guest blog from Kate at Family Fever

A few weeks ago I was asked whether I would host a guest post from fellow blogger Kate who can be found over at Family Fever. My answer was a resounding yes as I have read Kate's blog for some time now!! So...over to Kate.....

We are well into the summer holidays now, and if you are anything like me this seems to involve lots of days out, and invariably, a picnic. Now maternity pay doesn’t stretch very far, so picnics for us come on a budget. But does that mean it has to be all soggy sandwiches and bruised apples? Absolutely not. Here are my top 5 penny pinching picnic foods:

1.      Chicken drumsticks – spicy style

Chicken drumsticks are a big favourite in our house, make great finger food (picnic perfect) and are cheap as chips. We like to spice them up a bit to add to the flavour. Just rub with oil, then coat in a mix of flour, mustard powder, garlic powder and pepper. Probably our top alternative to soggy sandwiches, and you might be surprised at just how many the kids pack away!

2.      Cheesy muffins

Another savoury sandwich alternative, these cheesy muffins are quick and easy to make using store cupboard ingredients, and are popular with the whole family:
100g cheddar cheese
125g cornmeal (if you don’t have cornmeal, use the same quantity of plain flour instead)
175g self raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
150ml milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoonsDijonmustard
4 tablespoons sunflower oil
Salt and pepper

Method: Preheat oven to 200*C/Gas mark 6. Grate the cheese, and mix with the cornmeal, flour and baking powder. Add the milk, eggs, mustard and oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir together until just mixed. Spoon into 12 muffin cases and bake for 15 minutes.

3.      Cous-cous pots

Something a little bit different, and again doesn’t cost the earth. Just make up some cous-cous, leave to cool and add whatever ingredients you like to make a salad – this is a great way of using up leftovers. We like green beans, carrot, spring onions, tomatoes and sweetcorn. To liven up, try adding teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of honey for natural sweetness, or you can even add some ready-made salad dressing if you have some lying around.

4.      Quick and easy flapjacks

Flapjacks are almost a picnic staple right? We love them, and they are so easy to make. The kids love making them themselves:

75g butter
75g soft brown sugar
50g golden syrup
225g muesli/porridge oats

We then add whatever dried fruit happens to be in the cupboard – raisins, sultanas, cranberries, apricots. It really doesn’t matter. Just melt the butter, sugar and syrup down, and add everything else. Bake for 12 minutes at 180*C. Makes about 16-20 squares, more than enough for a picnic with friends, and some left over for at home too. Another store-cupboard bake that costs nothing.

5.      Strawberry lemonade

A little bit naughty this one, but perfect for a hot summer picnic treat.
2 cups water
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 pint strawberries
Combine water, sugar and lemon juice. Remove stems and hulls from strawberries and pop in a blender with the lemonade mix. Totally delicious, and impresses your friends too ;)

Thanks Kate - we love your ideas for a picnic on a budget!! There are some great recipes and I for one will be trying the Strawberry Lemonade ASAP!


  1. now this sounds delicious, strawberry lemonade and flapjacks I think we need to try these, lovely post x

  2. Erm strawberry lemonade! Want that NOW!

  3. Ooh, when can I join you?! Sounds yummy!


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