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disposableactor
« on: April 17, 2008 10:44:54 AM »

Spring is kinda almost here.  As is my husband's birthday.  He want's me to make him a birthday meal and I got myself excited about cooking in honor of the season.  But I can't think of anything.  I've gotten into a rut of inexpensive comfort foods (lasagna, cream of potato soup, lentils, etc.)and now I can't think of anything light.
I was thinking of a picnic lunch.  He liked that and said if the weather was bad, we'd have it at the mall.
We'll be having dirt cake (the chocolate pudding oreo mess).  He ALWAYS wants dirt cake for his birthday.  I was going to make it with mousse this year to make it special.  But other than the cake, I'm at a loss. 
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LeesaLove
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008 09:28:46 PM »

One of my fav foods is Chicken Salad.
Merinate chicken in olive oil, lemon juice & a little balsamic vinagar overnight.
Grill then when cool shred it with a couple forks.
Mix with just a little mayo, sea salt, fresh ground pepper, diced granny smith apples & seedless green grapes cut in half. Start with just the littlest bit of mayo mi it up then add more if needed.  Very tasy on a bed of mixed greens or in a puff pastery shell, or on a roll.

fresh fruit & mint salad, mellon balls, grapes & chopped mint served chilled.

asparagus blanched & chilled. if you wnat to get fancy wrap it in small bundles with lemon zest strings or long thin strips of carrot.



not sure how "springy" that food is, but I tihnk it's great picnic fair.






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disposableactor
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008 11:05:46 PM »

That sounds delicious!
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2008 08:57:41 AM »

If you're interested in a Mediterranean menu, I can give you some recipes for that.  Grilled lamb or chicken kebabs, tabouleh, etc.   It's all light and fresh, simple to make, and requires few ingredients.

Tabouli/Tabbouleh:

I make mine with quinoa, but you can use the bulgar wheat that is usually used.

1 cup quinoa
3 cups finely chopped flat leaf parsley
4 - 5 green onions, sliced
pint grape tomatoes  or 3 - 4 tomatoes, chopped
1 cups chopped, seeded cucumber
1/2 cup lemon juice
5 tablespoons good olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the quinoa according to the directions on the box.   Let it cool some.   In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.   Put the cooled quinoa into a serving bowl.  Mix in the other ingredients and stir in the dressing.   Let it rest in the fridge until it's nice and cold. 

I love using quinoa for this recipe because it's lighter than bulgar, and a lot of people don't do wheat these days. Quinoa is also really high in protein, so it digests more slowly and you don't feel hungry so soon after. I have an insulin problem, so if I eat only carbs, my blood sugar spikes then drops and I'm hungry an hour later.

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disposableactor
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2008 01:22:01 PM »

Oh, that sounds good too.  Now I'm hungry Sad
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2008 01:28:00 PM »

My favorite thing to make for a picnic is spring rolls or, nori rolls. I make them vegetarian so they won't get funky if not refrigerated. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2008 05:05:39 PM »

How about a flower salad?  Nasturtium leaves and flowers are entirely edible.  Add some lettuce and drizzle on a bit of olive oil.

Of course, you'd have to actually have some nasturtiums flowering in your garden for this to work.  Smiley  If not, you might want to save this idea for next spring.
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2008 05:59:42 PM »

One great sort of fancy picnic food is a pressed sandwich. There are lots of variations, but you take a flat  loaf bread (like a ciabatta) and slice it horizontally. Then put spread(s) on the bread, and things like roast peppers and cheeses. Maybe some oil and vinegar or pesto. Anyway, you slap the whole thing together and wrap it up tight, then put it in the fridge with a weight on it for a day or so. It turns out all marinated together and squished in a tasty fashion.

Haven't tried these, but here are some ideas:
http://recipes.chef2chef.net/recipe-archive/46/249922.shtml
http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/pressed-party-sandwich-recipe.htm
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2008 07:36:14 AM »

Spring rolls are a great idea for a picnic!!

THe pressed sandwiches are awsome too... they travel really well.
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2008 07:38:49 AM »

Spring makes me think of asparagus!

This is not picnic food but it's one of my favorite spring recipes:

http://www.belgianendive.com/recipe3.htm
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