TASTE / Summer Picnics

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

Updated March 2021

The combination of some sunny early Spring days and the easing of some lockdown restrictions is making the idea of picnics so appealing right now!

We certainly need to grab our sunshine opportunities where we can, so picnics can often be quite spontaneous. When I lived by the coast we would dash to our local shop and stock up with various pots of olives, tomatoes, dips and bread as soon as the sun looked like it might be sticking around for an hour or so, before heading to the beach. Whilst this was great fun, on reflection it created a lot more waste than the pre-planned picnics of my childhood (when it was always sunny right?) or the Italian ones I have experienced more recently, where the sunshine is a little more guaranteed. Now I try to look out for potential sunny spells and give our picnics a little more preparation time.

However, we also think we have the solution to more spontaneous picnic-ing at Olive and Rosy! Next time the Saturday sky looks slightly hopeful, pack a few of your favourite picnic tubs, jars and other containers before leaving home then if you are suddenly grabbed by the urge to fare un pic-nic, pop in and fill them up for a perfect zero-waste feast. Here are some of the some of our favourites.

1. Giardiniera

Giardiniera (jar - din - air - ah) means ‘from the garden’ and originated as a means of preserving produce for the winter using brine, vinegar and/or oil. It first became popular in Chicago from the 1920s when introduced by its Italian community. Bite sized chunks of vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, green beans, peppers, onions or olives are marinated with mustard seeds, oregano or chili depending on how spicy you like it!