Friday, May 7, 2010

Mothers Day Picnic Ideas....Family...Food....Relaxation..and Champagne!

This Sunday afternoon, we are taking the Mums to New Farm Park in Brisbane for Mothers Day.  I can think of nothing more pleasant and civilized than sitting under one of those great big expansive Moreton Bay Fig trees with a picnic rug, pillow and glass of bubbly and bikkies and cheese.

Its just such a simple way to spend time together, but there really is nothing like a picnic in the park on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon.
 Here's some great picnic food ideas...these are quick and stress.

 Savoury Cob Loaf
Mothers Day is the perfect day for a picnic, so if the weather's fine, pack this loaf in your hamper and enjoy your day off.

Prepare at least 6 hours before required.  Can be prepared the night before.

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 green zucchini , ends trimmed, thickly sliced crossways pan fried and cooled
  • 1 x 450g (23cm-diameter) cob loaf
  • sliced red onion
  • 100g semi-dried tomatoes
  • 6 slices prosciutto
  • 200g bought chargrilled eggplant
  • 150g brie, thinly sliced
  • 40g baby spinach leaves
  • 200g bought chargrilled capsicum 
  • Ripped herbs
Heres the 'no brainer' part.  Cut the top of the cob loaf.  Scoop out the soft bread it :-)  Its just so moorish....  Then!  Just layer all the ingredients into the hollow.  Pop the top back onto the loaf and wrap in plastic. Transfer to a plate and then top with another plate...this compresses the filling.  Refrigerate for 6 or so hours and then voila! slice and serve.  Very filling and very delish!

 Savoury Muffins

Savoury Picnic Muffins...just bring along a tub of sour cream or yoghurt and chutney!  Slap it on and dig in!


  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 80g butter, melted, cooled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 100g sliced ham, diced
  • 1/3 cup (50g) semi-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • 12 small sprigs fresh rosemary
  • butter, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pan.
  2. Sift flour into a large bowl. Make a well in centre. Pour butter, egg and milk into a jug. Stir to combine. Pour into well. Stir until almost combined. Fold through feta, ham, tomatoes and olives.
  3. Spoon mixture into muffin holes. Insert a rosemary sprig in the top of each muffin. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside in pan for 1 minute. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Place muffins in an airtight container. Serve with yoghurt...sour cream and fruit chutney.

    Cheese Platter and Fruit Platter

    This one...once again...a 'no-brainer'...except do not skimp on the cheese quality.  I find anything from South Cape is excellent and will not disappoint.  Grab some gorgeous Brie, Blue Vein, Fetta and add smoked salmon slices, proscuitto, thinly sliced pear and strawberries.  Team with a selection of breads and crackers.  The blander the cracker the better so it doesn't detract from the flavours of the platter.

    Mothers Day Gift Ideas
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    What would Friday be without indulging in a little bit of bubbles?....its Cocktail Friday Folks!....

    I do believe that Champagne (Sparkling..still cant bring myself to say that word in if its in brackets it doesnt count...) is synonymous with all things indulgent and girly.  So, this Friday we are going to celebrate women, motherhood and all things feminine by clinking a slender glass or two of sweet, smooth and seductive Champagne.  And just remember.  As long as it says 'Methode Champenoise' on the doesnt matter if its from France, or the Coonawarra....its Champagne.  Methode Champenoise merely means...created by the Traditional Champagne Method.

    ....And finally

    To all the Mums...the Grandmas...Greatgrandmas...The Aunts...The Godmothers...we say...Happy Mothers Day to you all.  And on Sunday in our own little way, while we sit on our rugs in the park, we will charge our glasses and clink away in honour of you all.

    And so, from the 3 of us, to all of you, we wish you a very Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.  Give your Mum a big smooch from us and spoil her rotten.

    With love from Cathie, Colette and Jen...The Charcoal Girls xxx