Picnics for Two

The weather may have been a bit grim in London over the bank holiday weekend, but in deepest darkest Somerset it was anything but.

Temps soared quiveringly close to 30C (positively tropical for the UK!) and there was only one thing for it.

A picnic!

We hopped in the car, put the roof down, the radio up and trundled off in search of a shady spot.

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BMW kindly hooked me up with this gorgeous beast last Autumn, and while it was a dream to drive all winter… it’s finally coming into its element now!

An M4 in my favourite colour, with all the trimmings.

The most beautiful piece of engineering I’ve ever driven, next to the i8 – but that’s not convertible… yet.

Having found our quiet little spot we emptied the hastily stuffed boot, pulling out blankets and our trusty picnic basket.

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Retro sunnies (hugely discounted!)

Tied up Oxford shirt (sim) // Cropped trousers (sim)

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Picnic basket // Blue blanket

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We laid out our spread and made ourselves at home in the long grass.

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Mr Custard forever looking particularly cute whenever there’s food around!

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A bit of a hodge podge of picnic foods…

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I made a spiralized pasta/salad sort of dish with courgette and an avocado pesto.

Terribly easy, just spiralize a couple of courgettes. Blend together a ripe avocado with a big handful of fresh basil, a handful of grated Parmesan, 1 clove of garlic, the juice of one lemon, pinch of salt and a few glugs of olive oil. Once smooth, stir through your courgette noodles and serve.

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It makes a wonderfully creamy, not too heavy sauce and goes beautifully with the crunchy courgettes.

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A few other nibbly bits, crackers, crisps, meats, and dips.

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And the laziest of caprese salads.

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Packet of cherry tomatoes, topped with torn mozzarella, herbs snipped over the top, drizzled in olive oil, balsamic, and sprinkled in rock salt.

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All polished off with berries and peaches for pudding.

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We stretched out under the waving and whispering trees, snoozing and reading.

Him with his paper, while I buried myself in the adventures of The Larkins.

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With Custard snoring beside me.

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^ The cherry on top of a gorgeous day.

Perhaps you can squeeze a little road-trip-picnic into this weekend’s agenda?

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