The past few years have brought on uneventful fourth of Julys. To be perfectly honest I don’t really remember what we did…other than eat mass amounts of some sort of meat. Though again it’s more a hazy fog of burgers, pork, and hot dogs than a specific tantalizing bite. This year was a little different.
There was very little meat to speak of – just a few slices of ham and prosciutto. Otherwise, Paul and I had a very relaxing fourth at Tanglewood in the Berkshires, sitting on a red, white and blue sheet, eating a random spread of foodage, and listening to the so-close-yet-very-far-away songs of James Taylor. Neither of us are particular fans of James Taylor, but my grandma gave us the tickets and the picnicking part sounded like a great way to spend an evening.
So I hastily packed our cooler with a few essentials – forks, a steak knife, a spoon, napkins, two empty Tupperware containers, and water. and we headed for the market.
Picnic blanket Guacamole:
1 shallot – cut into thin slices don’t worry about even slices if you’re in a park
½ a lemons juice
A handful of cherry tomatoes – cut in half
Two little packets of salt (about a tsp)
Two little packets of pepper (about a tsp)
Place all into a tuperware and shake until destroyed (in a good way)
Eat with tortilla chips or on a sandwich or just bread…or with a spoon.
A couple things to take note of from my “packing list” I forgot a cutting surface, so I ended up using the top of my Tupperware. I forgot plates, or any sort of eating surface, so we just did without. and I forgot cups, so I ended up sawing the top off of one of our water bottles after chugging the water and we drank our wine from the butt of the water bottle. I only travel and eat with class.
Quick awesome all-purpose dip/spread:
1 small container of greek yogurt
½ a lemons juice
1 little packet of salt (about ½ a tsp)
1 little packet of pepper (about ½ a tsp)
about 6 leaves of fresh basil – torn into strips/small pieces
combine all in a tuperware and shake until combined.
Park Pork Sandwich:
Provalone cheese slices
Black forest ham – nitrate free!
awesome all-purpose dip/spread (see above)
Fresh Mozzarella – any size is fine, if big, cut to bite sized pieces (in water is better here)
Bunch of fresh basil
Water – to rinse things that need it
Stack and eat.
Fresh Basil – torn into pieces
Open the container of cut watermelon. Sprinkle over the basil….yeah, that’s it.
Next time I might sprinkle just a little bit of salt on the watermelon to bring out more of the flavors. I am a big fan of salty-sweets. Otherwise this turned into a very memorable picnic! Of course you don’t have to make all of this in the park. I just enjoyed the challenge/didn’t plan ahead properly, but everything we made was very easy to put together and tasted fresher in the great outdoors!