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Picnics: Moveable Feasts-Traveller's Fare
What can be more exciting then eating outside! My happiest memories are of family picnics, the anticipation of arriving at a special or secret place and unpacking the home-made food that my Mum had prepared! Sun dappled days and cool streams......never soggy sandwiches, as my parents always "did" their picnics with style!
Even now, dejeuner sur l'herbe is my favourite way of relaxing with family and friends.
Here is an amusing and rather apt description of a Provencal Picnic, by Ford Madox Ford (Provence, Allen and Unwin, 1938).
"....a Provencal picnic of heroic proportions; the scene was one of the beautiful Calanques along the coast from Marseille, a beach only accessable by boats; the whole banquet was cooked on the spot, in huge cauldrons, beneath Parasol Pines (Umbrella Pines). Sixty-one bottles of wine were consumed by sixteen adults and a shoal of children; half a hundred weight of bouillabaisse, twelve cocks stewed in wine with innumerable savoury herbs, a salad in a dish the size of a cartwheel, sweet cream cheese with a sauce of marc and sweet herbs, a pile, large enough to bury a man in, of apples, peaches, figs, grapes....."
Picture the scene......enjoy my collection of picnic fare!