Life: BBQs, Salads & Bumpy Beach Drives
Have you been following our day tripping adventures? We’re getting out amongst it, doing some mini trips (and some longer ones further down the track too!) and soaking up the outdoors in a fresh and Wintery way.
This week we nipped down to Tyabb, Flinders and Hastings.
Have you been to Tyabb? Really good vintage shopping. Like, pretty great. We did some vintage shopping at The Vintage Shed (this is my favourite : my pal Kirsty showed me this place!) and the Tyabb Packing House (really great selection of vintage books!)
This time, we got a bit organised, baking Sophie’s cake in the morning before we left and whipping up a potato salad and a tomato salad to stow in the boot (along with some steaks and lamb chops), so we could stop and have lunch when we were ready.
And stop we did, setting a pretty adorable picnic table and eating so much we couldn’t manage cake! I mean we ate a LOT. Something about the fresh air makes you super hungry, methinks. I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it’s all Enid Blyton’s fault and she has brainwashed me into thinking that outdoors = picnic? Whatever it is, the cake went back in the car and we took it for a lovely drive to the beach where we had cake with cream and cups of tea, bundled up in coats and scarves, breathing in the sunny-cold beachy air.
There’s something a bit great about hot tea at the beach. I think it’s super nostalgic, pouring water from a thermos over teabags in little cups. It makes me think of sitting at the football with my Nanna as a child, watching her make tea from her blue and red thermos. Or a few years later, with my other Nanna at the beach, helping her pull the thermos from her wicker basket, asking for a butternut snap. Nice.
Here’s how to make the food! ::
Potato Salad : Hard boil three eggs, cool and peel them. Boil one kilo of peeled and roughly chopped potatoes until tender. Then cool them by running cold water over them. Dry them well in a colander. In a big bowl, mix 1/2 cup of Best’s mayonnaise with 4 finely sliced spring onions. Add the hard-boiled eggs (chop them up a bit first) and mix really well. Now add the potatoes and toss gently to dress. Season with salt and pepper and a teaspoon of sweet paprika. If you like, add 1/2 cup of chopped fresh mint too (I like to do that!)
Tomato Salad : This is hardly a recipe! You slice some nice, ripe tomatoes and layer them in a bowl or container. Season each layer with pepper and salt and a splash of red wine vinegar and olive oil. Top with some fresh herbs. I used thyme, parsley and mint from our garden. That’s it!
Sophie’s One Cup Pear and Raspberry Cake : this is a dense, slice of a cake. If you can imagine an Anzac biscuit with raspberries and pear in it, you’re pretty much there. The recipe for that cake is here.
Next week, I’m going to give you some tips on planning a great day trip and picnic!
Do you love a picnic? Would you like to go on a picnic with me? What will your bring?!