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The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week 
 This week in honor of the world's first Pickle-nic Week we decided to invite some good pickle-loving friends over  for a picnic lunch to help celebrate with us. A Pickle-nic shared is a Pickle-nic joy doubled!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week 
Pickles are the perfect picnic food don't you think?  Sweet/sour/crunchy and perfectly portable!  Of course our weather these past few weeks hasn't been all that Picnic friendly, so for safety we planned a Pickle-nic worth indoor picnic and of course Mrs Elswood's pickles were the center of our picnic table feast. They are the only pickle I have ever been able to find over here in the UK that compares in taste and crunch to the pickles I was used to from back home.  I miss the pickles from home and its so nice to finally have a tasty alternative here that I can munch on and enjoy just as much! 
The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week 
Their sandwich slices were perfect in my ham and pickle buns.  Such a simple make also, with plenty of salty ham, sweet pickle crunch and some sharp grainy mustard.  Simply layer well buttered soft rolls that you have spread with grainy mustard (I used German) with some  Mrs Elswood's Sandwich slices and some finely sliced ham.  Perfectly delicious!  These went down a real treat! 
This was a picnic I decided to throw together basically at the last minute, having only decided to plan it on Monday evening.  I had been wanting to have our friends over for a while but had been waiting for good weather to do so in. I finally told myself "The heck with the weather!" we will just invite them anyways and weather come what may, we'll either do it indoors or outside.  I planned something which worked both ways. 
My Perfect Picnic List - Suitable seating, blankets and folding chairs for outdoors, or plenty of seating indoors - A cooler or basket to hold the food whilst transporting (outdoor picnics) or a suitable surface to spread everything out on (indoors)- Freshly made sandwiches, suitably wrapped. Nothing overly messy. If your sandwiches are going to be in the car or basket for too long, make sure you also include little ice blocks to keep everything cold, or else avoid fillings which include mayonnaise. Indoors, make your sandwiches ahead of time, and keep them covered and chilled in the refrigerator, putting them out just before serving.- Something crunchy to enjoy along with your sandwiches. Crisp pickles. Crisp raw vegetables (with dip!). Potato chips. - Something sweet to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.  Sturdy cakes that travel well and are not overly fussy with tons of frosting and decorations. Fresh fruit/berries. Cookies and squares, again not too fussy or mussy. - Plenty of cold refreshing drinks. Carbonated don't travel well. I like to make ice cold lemonade and then pack it into large sealable containers with plenty of ice. Of course if you are indoors transportation isn't a problem, neither is keeping everything cool until you are ready to enjoy.- paper napkins, plates, plastic/wooden knives/forks/spoons, cups- scintillating conversation and company, plus some calming background music, nothing to gregarious or distracting. Gentle and soothing is the key. 
MAKE SURE YOU INVITE EVERYONE TO LEAVE THEIR MOBILES/LAPTOPS AND OTHER DISTRACTING MEDIA ASIDE FOR THESE FEW HOURS!  This will greatly add to the enjoyment of the time you are able to spend together!
Chicken Salad Croissants 
Aside from the Ham & Pickle Buns I made a few other sandwiches.  I did Cheese & Tomato on whole grain bread (Just layer in grated strong cheddar cheese, and sliced ripe tomatoes, making sure you drain as much of the pips out beforehand), Cheese & Pickle (exactly what it says and very popular) and some Chicken Salad Croissants.  I made a delicious Curried Chicken Salad and then layered it in fresh buttered croissants along with some baby rocket. 
Curried Chicken Salad  

Curried Chicken Salad

Yield: Makes about 3 cups
Author: Marie RaynerA delicious chicken salad that you can either enjoy on its own spooned over lettuce or in a tasty sandwich!


  • 110g good quality full fat mayonnaise (1/2 cup)
  • 120g full fat Greek yogurt (1/2 cup)
  • 1 heaped TBS mango chutney
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 to 4 tsp curry powder
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 250g cooked chicken, cubed or shredded (2 cups)
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 4 TBS flaked toasted almonds
  • 12 grapes quartered
  • 1 stalk of fresh celery,  chopped
  • 3 TBS raisins


How to cook Curried Chicken Salad

  1. In a bowl whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, lime juice, chutney, curry powder and seasoning until smooth.  Fold in the remaining ingredients, stirring well to combine.  Taste and adjust seasoning as required.  Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. This will keep in the refrigerator for about 2- 3 days. I would not keep it any longer. (Of course this depends on when you cooked the chicken. I never keep cooked chicken any longer than 4 days in the refrigerator.)
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Chicken Salad Croissants 
The chicken croissants went down a real treat along with the ham and pickle sandwiches, although the chicken croissants were a tad bit messy, but in a very good way if you know what I mean!  
The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week 
For the something crunchy I provided some potato chips.  You could use ruffled chips or tortilla chips and have a dip as well if you wanted. Of course plenty of crunchy pickles are nice and yes, the vegetables and dips!  Did you know you can stuff larger pickles with cheese?  Just do a search on google.  I found some that had been wrapped in bacon and fried.  OH MY GOODNESS.  Not exactly Pickle-nic worthy, but hey ho!
The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week 
For my something sweet I served  fresh berries from the garden and cake.  I had baked two cakes for the occasion . . . 
Swedish Visiting Cake 
Swedish Visiting Cake on the left and French Yogurt Cake on the right.  
Swedish Visiting Cake & French Yogurt Cake 
We enjoyed them with the berries and I'll be honest with you because we were at home I got some Clotted Cream Ice Cream out of the freezer and we each had a scoop of that on top as well! 
The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week 
And of course we washed it all down with an assortment of refreshing drinks.  I had ice cold sparkling water which I served with a twist of lemon over ice and chilled sparkling lemonade.  Both were nice and went very well.
The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week 
Everyone loves these Ham & Pickle Sandwiches.  Mrs Elswood's Sweet Cucumber Sandwich slices worked perfectly in these and we even enjoyed a few on their own, because who doesn't enjoy the extra crunch of a pickle, sliced or not! These taste very similar to the Bread & Butter Pickles from back home. Great on burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and even chopped up and popped into your salads. I wish they would do a sweet pickle relish like we have back home. So, so, so tasty! 
The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week 
This was a wonderful feast to be enjoyed for Pickle-nic week.  Everyone was really happy with the food.  It wasn't stressful for me to prepare and made for a very relaxing meal.  Picnics indoors or out! You can't beat them for fun, fun, fun!  
The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week
A Picnic Memory -I must have been 10 or 11 years old and my friend and I decided we wanted to go on a picnic.  My mom made me a peanut butter sandwich and I had that in a brown paper bag along with a few cookies.  I also had a cold bottle of Nesbitts Orange Soda Pop.  My friend had something similar.  We popped our lunches into our bicycle baskets and then took off for the great outdoors on a grand adventure.  We ended up in Torbrook, which was quite a tough bicycle ride partway up the nearby South mountain.  We parked our bicycles and ate our lunches on a hillside looking down on the old Baptist church, with the sounds of bees buzzing, all hot and sweaty from our exertion in getting there, but I can tell you, you have never tasted a better or more delicious peanut butter sandwich than that one!  We finished it off by eating some green apples we picked from a near-by tree and went to bed with belly-aches that night, but oh what a wonderful memory we had built!  
I do believe a Picnic is a wonderful excuse to crack open your inner-child and dust it off for a few hours!!!
The Perfect Picnic for Pickle-nic Week

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