Lifestyle the picnic series

01 – The Picnic Series

To kick off our Picnic Challenge (one picnic every month in 2014, collaboration with Julia) we picked probably the most popular spot in Brisbane – Botanical Gardens. It’s easily accessible, big enough to find a quiet spot without trouble and has lots of grassy & shaded areas.

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It was a very hot week and we were meeting for lunch so with temperatures over 30C the menu had to be light and short (who can eat a lot when it’s hot?).  We ended up having in our bag:

  • ham wraps
  • watermelon, feta & mint salad
  • fruits: apples, cherries and pears
  • sparkling water (made at home in my Soda Stream) and limes
  • Rekorderlig pear ciders
  • and essentials: plates, cutlery, small chopping board, knife, napkins, blanket & bottle opener

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Life would be easier if we didn’t forget a small bag for rubbish. We’ll make sure to have it on the list next time.



ingredients for 3 wraps/9 pieces:

1/2 avocado, mashed

1 tbsp mayonnaise

1tsp lime juice

3 wholemeal wraps

cos lettuce

6 slices of ham

1/2 carrot, grated

small piece of swiss cheese, sliced


Mix avocado, mayonnaise and lime juice in a bowl, until well combined. Spread it over the wraps. Cover with lettuce, ham, carrot and cheese. Fold the edges and roll. Cut each wrap in 3 even pieces.

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Watermelon salad

I found this simple recipe at Not Quite Nigella blog and just adjusted it a little to my taste, by skipping the vinegar part and changing quantities. We both loved the salad – its salty from the feta, sweet and juicy from the watermelon and has a nice fresh kick from the mint.

700g sweet watermelon, cut into small cubes
80g Danish feta, , cut into small cubes
big handful of mint leaves

Chop the mint leaves and mix in a big bowl with watermelon and feta.

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If you do your picnic under a tree, make sure it’s not a milky pine – we had not only lots of birds over our heads but also lots of small flowers falling all over the blanket, food and drinks.


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  • Reply
    January 21, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Can’t wait for the next one!

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    January 22, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I love the botanic gardens in Brisbane but I think I like your picnic even better.

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      January 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Maureen 🙂

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    February 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Yay to the start of your picnic series. It’s my favourite thing to do, but often something I don’t do often enough. A monthly picnic is a wonderful idea!

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    March 14, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I do love a good picnic!

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