We have had a garden makeover and right now there are not many places I’d rather be. After 7 years of living here we have the garden we have always wanted. It has been achieved in stages as we have had new patio’s put in and also new beds and borders.
I am not a green fingered gardener but finally the plants are growing and the flowers are blooming. When I look at those flowers in bloom it makes me smile. I see the London Pride plant that my nan cultivated in her homes, from their family home in Dursley and then their little courtyard garden in their retirement home. It now has taken root in my garden. There are also lots of plants from popa’s garden and I am still digging bits up from their bungalow and popping them in my garden.
We have just added a budget friendly hot tub to the garden which we are all enjoying. Therefore sitting in my garden is becoming my favourite place to be. In the summer I enjoy being able to eat outside and dream away.
This past week we have really enjoyed the scorching heat and hassle-free Italian al-fresco dining. Did you know Ocado makes it simple to order authentic Italian food and drink products and ingredients in a one-stop-shop? Ciao Gusto have a shop tab on the site making it easy to find Italian favourites. My lot love italian meats and Negroni is the most well-known brand of charcuterie in Italy. It has been a leader in the market of premium delicatessen meats and my kids cannot get enough of it! They have been eating it with Auricchio cheese, Amica Chips and Ponti antipasti vegetables in jars. We also like slow roasted sundried tomatoes stuffed with feta. It is now so easy to buy all what we once considered ‘holiday foods’ in Ocado.
Top Tips for How to Create a Posh Italian Picnic on Budget
- Location if your back garden doesn’t cut it, head to the local park and find a quiet spot.
- Eat off proper plates. No plastic or paper in order to save on the clean up. When I want a picnic I want proper cutlery and proper china.
- Set up a holiday playlist to help you feel that you are on holidays. Alexa and spotify have changed our music habits so much!
- The Food, think soft cheeses like Pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano or fresh Mozzarella, Cured meats such as prosciutto, speck, salami or mortadella, Olives, Cut vegetables (carrots, fennel, celery, etc.)
Fresh fruit such as melon, figs and pears, Italian bread, rolls or focaccia.
- Italians will have lots of fruit on their plate too, but shop local and in season to get the best buys. Head to a local Pick Your Own for the freshest taste.
- Keep a plastic bottle and fill up with water and freeze. This doubles up as an ice block and drink. until you are ready to eat.
- When it is time for wine, keep it fresh with Prosecco or Rose.
- Finally take a few games to keep the children entertained whilst the adults sit back and relax. We never go without a ball and another, ever popular game is Twister!
We hope these Top Tips How to Create a Posh Italian Picnic on Budget will help you enjoy eating outdoors.
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