Everything you need to pack for the perfect picnic

Image: Picnic in Sydney Botanical Gardens Source: Getty

We’re all back in a personally enforced semi-lockdown, knowing the best way to enjoy an outing is in the fresh air.  So it’s time to get yourself a picnic kit and make the most of the sunshine, great outdoors and green, green grass.

With the help of the Starts at 60 Marketplace we have put together the ultimate picnic checklist and have some glorious picnic sets to make you the envy of the town.

Outdoor deluxe 2 person Picnic Basket

It wouldn’t be a picnic without an aesthetically-pleasing picnic basket, and we have the perfect one over on the Starts at 60 Marketplace: Outdoor Deluxe 2 Person Picnic Basket.

The picnic basket comes with a built-in cooler bag, cutlery for two, two ceramic plates, two wine glasses, two napkins, a corkscrew, a salt and pepper shaker set and a matching blanket.

Image: Two person picnic basket with blanket

Delicious Ploughman’s Pickle or other gourmet conserves

This Ploughman’s Pickle is the most perfect pickle to be enjoyed with cheddar cheese sandwiches or crackers. Modelled on the popular ‘Branston’ pickle it has all the flavour and more without the eye watering sodium levels of the commercial variety. Swedes, carrots, cauliflower and onion come together in a smooth, rich and tangy brine with a hint of pepper to create a very tasty snack pairing with the ploughman lunch.

Ploughman’s Pickle is a favourite. See all our pickles and conserves on sale now

Sand free beach towels

A sand free beach towel is the perfect accessory for your next beach picnic these printed beach towels resist sand making it the must have towel for endless days at the beach. The avery Beach towels featured  comes with it’s own draw string carry bag.

Image: Cotton Beach Avery sand free beach towel – whole range here

The Gourmet Sensations Hamper

20% off till midnight 26 January
Affordable gift hampers shouldn’t mean sacrificing quality—so we’ve created this sensational gourmet hamper packed full of flavour. Loaded with premium Australian gourmet food and treats for the whole family to enjoy! Create a fancy Cheese Platter with the Fig & Cinnamon Jam and artisan crackers. For the kids, young and old, we feature the award-winning Charlies Cookies.

Image: The Gourmet Sensations Hamper.

And lastly, if you’re quite the cook, we’d recommend whipping up some delicious bite-sized treats like these freezable zucchini slices (recipe below).

The 12 pack Summer Smashers – Spanish edition

Love a glass of Spanish wine chilled crisply for Summer?  We have a deal for you on a dozen Summer Smashers – Spanish wines or see the other Summer wines from Vinomofo.

These are the wines that Spaniards are sipping beachside from Costa Brava to Costa Blanca. There’s the spicy verdejo, two delicious Cavas and our favourite rosé from Bodegas Olivares, whose wines we’ve been enjoying for years.

Summer smashers dozen: Spanish edition – Hot deal!

Classic freezable zucchini slice

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon rashers, finely chopped
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 zucchinis, coarsely grated
  • 1 cup pumpkin, coarsely grated
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, just thawed
  • 1 cup (120g) coarsely grated cheddar
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 4 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Mixed salad leaves, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan and line the base and 2 long sides with baking paper. Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and onion and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until onion softens. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the zucchini, pumpkin, mixed vegetables, cheddar, flour and parsley to the bacon mixture and stir to combine. Add the egg, milk and oil and stir to combine. Season. Spoon into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.
  3. Bake for 40 mins or until firm to the touch. Set aside to cool. Cut into pieces.

After something sweet? Fine a recipe for chocolate banana muffins here.

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