Celebratory Picnic

20 Feb 2011 12:00 AMChristine Barnes Celebratory Picnic

I’m planning a picnic for tomorrow and as the weather is a bit temperamental, I thought the menu needed to be more moveable than normal. I’ve already baked a new variation of flaxseed crackers (almond meal, cumin, coriander, tomato & flax seed) lending itself to a series of hors d’oeuvres. Both fun and convenient. The menu thus far is:-

Celebratory Picnic


  • Marinated olives; in organic olive oil, cumin coriander, basil, cloves, peppercorns in stored in the fridge in a glass jar.
  • Lemon hommus; chick peas, organic olive oil, lemon juice, tahini and fresh parsley served with flax bark crackers.

This is a convenient ++ menu, as I’ve been very busy this week.  

The olives came out of a jar from IGA.  I just strained out the brine and added the olive oil and herbs.  The hummus ingredients were also very convenient.  I used Eden organic tinned beans as they don’t use bis phenol (plastic) lining in their cans and thus avoiding the xeno oestrogens.  I simply opened and drained the garbanzo (chick peas) beans, put them in the blender with a few sprigs of parsley leaves, juice of a lemon, organic olive oil and a dessertspoon of tahini and blend.


Mushroom PateThe mushroom pate came from the freezer.  I made it for a dinner party a few months ago.  It does require a bit of effort to make the original  but we’ve been eating portions of it continually.  The recipe is superb as part of any entree for a special event or dinner party. The recipe make a significant amount (loaf tin) and it’s easily sliced up and frozen to impress unexpected visitors.


The chocolate almond cake is a healthier variation of Stephanie Alexanders chocolate almond cake.  This also successfully freezes, however, it barely lasts long enough to freeze in our house. I’ll serve this with Mr Body Guard’s strawberry coulee out of jar from the fridge.  Its basically strawberries reduced down with a little pectin.  If we’re lucky I’ll pick up some organic cream to dob onto the chocolate cake and strawberry coulee!