You know why I look forward to Spring every year don't you? Apart from the much welcome warmth, it also means that it is picnic time! And a really lovely way to have a picnic without lifting a finger in the kitchen is with the Sydney Picnic Co. They will deliver to you to your house or to a picnic location, a lovely basket of goodies or you can pick it up from their location in Woollahra. Started by Natalie and Simon, both from the U.K. they will hand make a picnic for you complete with a personalised menu with your name and date. Gentlemen, if you're thinking to propose I think this would be a great way to do it (you just worry about picking the biggest diamond ok? ;) ).
I found it hard to choose on a favourite - there are four ranging from the Brit Pic at $115 for two to the Spanish at $185 for two so they just gave me a few hand picked goodies from each. Mr NQN and I took our picnic to nearby Centennial Park and we opened up our picnic there.
Our menu included marinated Ligurian Taggiasche olives; slow roast tomatoes, basil, toasted almonds, marinated Meredith goat's cheese and 20 year balsamic; Australian King prawns with gremolata and aioli; fregeola with chorizo, cherry tomatoes, green beans, preserved lemon and mint; medjool dates stuffed with gorgonzola dolce and toasted walnuts; Sonoma Ciabatta, Valrhona chocolate pots with Armagnac soaked amaretti biscuits as well as a bottle of Antipodes sparkling mineral water. It was all beautifully packaged and we got proper glasses and environmentally friendly plates and cutlery and packaging.
Would the food be as pretty as it looked?. The fregeola sings with fresh flavours, the slow roasted tomatoes are moreishly luscious and the mejool dates stuffed with sweet gorgonzola and toasted walnuts are swoon worthy. And that's before we've even dug into the chocolate pots with crushed amaretti biscuits and chopped strawberries. How I must find a recipe for this!
Thanks to the Sydney Picnic Co. we are giving one lucky NQN reader a $185 gift voucher so that you can go on your very own picnic and eat yourself happy on a delectable picnic spread. *To have a chance to win this gift voucher, all you have to do is visit their site and tell me which of the four picnics you would choose and why. Simply add your answer as a comment to the story. The competition ends at Midnight AEST 13th November, 2010. You can enter this once daily. This competition is open to anyone in Australia but can only be redeemed in Sydney (non Sydney readers, you can always use it if you visit Sydney!) or those that can pick up the hamper from the Woollahra location.*
*The winner is: Tara M.!**
Best of luck!