If anything, that experience taught me that snacks are no replacement for real food!
10 years later, it was about time to take a stab at doing a picnic again, even if just to prove to myself that I can actually do picnic food properly. And because this was a serious picnic, the first thing that went on our shopping list was a picnic blanket- which turned out to be a difficult thing to find which I'm not sure if it's because we weren't looking in the right places or if picnic blankets aren't a popular item these days. A picnic basket would have been nice too but given the recent heat, a cooler bag was a much more practical solution.
As for the food, we thought we'd go a little fancy so off to the deli it was to pick out some nice cheeses, prosciutto and smoked salmon. I made some bruschetta with balsamic reduction which was quick and easy to make and assemble.
But if you ask me what the most exciting part of the picnic was- it'd definitely be the cob loaf. I was torn between making sandwiches or a cob loaf after seeing plenty of delicious looking sandwich recipes online but decided on the cob loaf which is something that's been on my to do list for quite a while.
For those of you who haven't made a cob loaf before, the process is pretty simple- cut a hole in the middle of your loaf, scoop out the bread and then fill it with whatever you like! I filled mine with a little bit of everything- pesto, turkey, cheese, avocado, spinach and roasted eggplant. You need to pack everything in to make sure there aren't any empty spaces- that way the layering looks nice, and each slice gets a good amount of filling.
It's great for sharing, and next time I make this, I'd definitely invite a few more friends- we found it difficult to finish between four, especially with all the other food we'd brought along!