Sunday, 1 June 2014

How to make picnic food more fun!

We had a lovely day out at Delamere Forest for the Robert's Bakery 50 Days of Summer Bloggers' Picnic.  Myself, Ian, Ella, Kizzy and Freddy really enjoyed making a fun picnic, with recipes demonstrated by the ladies from Roberts Bakery, which we later got to eat for lunch.  The recipe ideas were really inventive, elevating a humble sarnie into something way more exciting!  

We used the new Robert's Bakery White & Wholemeal bread which includes fortified white flour and high fibre wholemeal flour to bring together the best of both worlds.

Thank goodness the weather was kind to us, as the masterclass in sandwich making took place on benches outside.  Al fresco food preparation added an element of summertime fun to our lesson in picnic prep!

Roberts Bakery

Here's what we made:

Sunshine Sandwich

bread, bento

These 'peep hole' sandwiches are filled with a mix of low fat grated cheese, grated carrot, sunflower seeds and raisins.  Bulking out the grated cheese with grated carrot gives a lower calorie filling and adds extra nutrients. Each hole is filled with one of the ingredients to make an impressive looking sandwich that little ones will love.  You could adapt this sandwich to make traffic lights, popping in tomato, sweetcorn and lettuce in the holes. 

picnic, bread


bread, picnic

The vegetarian sausage, lettuce and tomato roll is a twist on the BLT.  The mayonnaise, Greek yogurt and black pepper dressing complemented it perfectly, and was lighter than using mayo alone.  Served in the new Roberts Bakery White and Wholemeal buns they made a tasty roll.

SLT, rolls, picnic, lunch

Peanut Butter and Banana Monkey
aka Nutty Nana

sandwich, kids lunches

The fun monkey faces with peanut butter, banana and a little honey, were really effective.  Raisins added the details and made these sandwiches look really cool and perfect for feeding to my own little monkey Freddy.

kids lunches, bento, monkey

Strawberry & Cream Hearts

kids lunches

Cream cheese, rocket, strawberries and black pepper make a really interesting and elegant sandwich filling. It's like having a cream tea on bread! The heart shaped sandwich with a cut out top is the ideal food to serve at a tea party.  They look so pretty and the strawberry goes so well with black pepper and rocket.

children's lunches, tea party

With our sandwiches and rolls packed into boxes, we headed to a tent where a storyteller was waiting to share some stories with us while we ate our lunch.  The children loved joining in with the storyteller's tales, and it was great to see Freddy getting involved.  He has come on such a long way from the shy little lad he once was!  The food went down well with everyone too, the veggie SLT being my favourite.

Roberts Bakery, picnic

After our picnic, we had a lovely walk around Delamere Forest with Clearly Bex and her lovely children.  We enjoyed the fresh air, scenery and sunshine and had a great time.  It was fabulous to meet a fellow Shropshire blogger!!  Freddy got on so well with his new friend, it was so nice to see them both playing with sticks, jumping in puddles and exploring the forest together.  My girls loved looking after all the little ones, chasing after them and holding their hands as they clambered down banks to paddle in the streams.  After a rainy wash-out of a half term, it was such a blessing to enjoy a day outdoors. 

country kids, outdoors

Thanks to Roberts Bakery for a fantastic day!


  1. Looks like you had a great time! What great ideas! I do like those monkey sandwiches x

  2. What a fab day out, love the monkey sarnie and what a fab place to hold a blogging event!

  3. Aaawww everything looks so yummy (and fun) I don't live too far from Delamere :)


  4. WOW! They all look amazing.

    I love the monkey faces, what a great idea :)

    Thanks for linking up with the #blogsRus linky!

  5. The way you've made the picnic food more interesting is great. I would never have put strawberries on a sandwich but they look delicious #blogsrus

  6. Coombe Mill (Fiona)2 June 2014 at 19:20

    Fab ideas and some tasty combinations too to brighten up the lunch box! It looks like you burned off all those sandwiches with an explore afterwards as well. Thanks for linking up and sharing your fun with Country Kids.

  7. Oh my i am loving those monkey sandwiches!! there fantastic! #blogsrus

  8. what great sandwiches - love the monkey one, oh how I miss peanut butter! I like the idea of carrot to bulk out a cheese sandwich too - oh I am hungry now and wanting pb!

  9. Merlinda Little3 June 2014 at 19:01

    Oohh I do this to my son's school food. He loves shapes and he eats better when his food is shaped #Countrykids

  10. Great idea! Love the monkey sandwiches :) Lots of fab ideas!

  11. We had a a great day there too and I have to say a massive thank you to your husband and son for looking after my little escapee while I was making butties! My little boy took quite a shine to Freddy, he was great with him.

  12. It was a lovely day, wasn't it? Your sandwiches look a lot neater than mine. I was so impressed by the storyteller too, he was a lovely man and really got the children involved well. Thanks for linking up to #WHWH

  13. It was their pleasure, they thought he was an absolute cutie! :)

  14. It was a lovely day. Hope to see you again soon x

  15. Some really good looking butties there! The monkey and the heart ones look too nice to eat x #WHWH

  16. It was lovely to meet you all Wendy, and a great post to sum up the event. Look forward to seeing you all again Saturday!! x

  17. Ooooh, I couldn't make it to this event but it looks fabulous! Lots of sandwich inspiration here :)

  18. Jill Stan Jones9 June 2014 at 11:35

    I am delighted that you had such a great time at Delamere Forest. The pics are amazing and the food looks most tempting. I was lucky enough to eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich in your house and found it delicious. I bought a jar of peanut butter the following day and now enjoy one of these sandwiches quite often which I would never have thought of had I not seen and eaten one courtesy of you. xxxxx



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