How To: Cosy Winter Picnic
If you’re like us, the thought of venturing into the great outdoors in high winds and rain for a lunch date may not sound too appealing, let alone romantic. But we’re convinced that dining alfresco shouldn’t just be reserved for heady summer days. We’re determined to make winter picnics a thing.
Rather than braving the wiles of Richmond Park, we decided to set up camp in the safety of our own home – cosy and with plenty of scope for romance. To bring the outdoors in, we made our own leaves using scissors and coloured paper. The simplest way to make a paper leaf is to find an actual leaf and trace the outline onto a piece of paper before cutting it out. We scattered our paper leaves over the floor to give our picnic a woodland feel.
Blankets and throw pillows are a must-have for any winter picnic (indoors or out). We layered soft grey tones with traditional creams to create a warm and inviting scene. Adding natural wood accents and faux fur to the mix will give your picnic a Scandinavian look and feel.
No winter picnic would be complete without a heart warming hot chocolate. As it’s Valentine’s Day, treat your other half to a luxury cocoa. We’ve used The Chocolate Deli’s Chocolate Dipper. All you need to do is pop one into a mug of steaming hot milk, and stir. It’s as simple as that. The chocolate will melt into the milk making a hot chocolate Willy Wonka himself would be proud of – the marshmallows are an added bonus.
Forget a candlelit dinner, this February it’s all about the candlelit picnic. Try pairing different sized candles together to give the picnic a rustic feel. We’ve used everything from tea light holders to hurricane lamps. In keeping with the Scandi look and feel of the picnic, we’ve used metal tones, birch wood and glass to keep things simple and sophisticated.
If there’s one rule for packing a picnic basket, it’s this: you must absolutely include wine and cheese. And perhaps a slice or two of cake. Although you’re not going to be far from the fridge, try to pack everything you need into your basket – nipping out to the kitchen half way through your romantic picnic might end up spoiling the moment.
If you’re feeling especially romantic, try making some of our Valentine’s Day love buns. This recipe was lovingly put together by our seller, Bake With Maria and would make the perfect addition to any picnic:
260g strong white flour
175g wholemeal flour
4g dried yeast (or 8g fresh yeast)
Mixed seeds for decoration
Place the flour, yeast and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the water to the mixture and use a dough scraper to bring the dough together in the bowl. When there is no more dry flour, place the dough on a clean surface and knead for 10-15 minutes until smooth and silky.
Put the dough back into the mixing bowl and cover with a plastic bag. Leave the dough to prove for about an hour – it should double in size. After the dough has proved, shape it into 12 buns. Each piece should weigh about 60g.
Dip each of your buns into a bowl of cold water and then into a bowl of mixed seeds. Place the pieces of dough onto a baking tray lined with parchment making sure there are at least 3cm between each bun. Cover the bread rolls with clingfilm and leave to prove for another 20-30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 200 degrees and place the baking sheet in the middle of the oven. Bake the bread rolls for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
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