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A heavenly picnic

I hope you have picnic weather where ever you life. (Don’t forget you can always have an inside picnic!)
Because the radio actually said it was going to be like autumn for a couple of days.

But of course these recipes don’t HAVE to be used for a picnic. Almost every occasion is fine.
So here I am.
Giving you some recipes for a picnic.
That don’t have to be used for a picnic.

Oreo Cream Puffs
30 min – 15-20 servings – easy

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I found this recipe on buzzfeed and it just looked delicious. Something sweet to take with you on a picnic. And also because I life in a place where we use grams and Celsius… I had to convert everything. I also changed some things from the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 25 chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos)
  • 2 egg yolksProcessed with VSCO
  • 480 ml half & half (coffee milk)
  • 50 gr granulated sugar
  • 30 gr cornstarch
  • 240 ml water
  • 8 tablespoons butter (about 96 gram)
  • 65 gr flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs

Preheat oven to 218ยฐC (425ยฐF.)

Using a knife, separate the cream from the cookies, and place them in two separate bowls.
Crush the cookies in a blender or a food processor until fine. (or put them in a bag and crush them with a rolling pin like I did)

In a pot over low heat, combine egg yolks, half & half, sugar, and cornstarch. Turn the heat up to medium-high, whisking constantly to prevent any lumps.
Once the mixture starts to thicken, add in half of the cookie cream, stirring until smooth.
Transfer the cream mixture into a bowl, covering the top with plastic wrap and pressing the wrap down onto the surface of the cream to prevent a skin from forming.
Chill. (Possibly replacing the hot water for cold water in au bain-marie instead of putting it in the fridge if you don’t want to transfer the mixture into a bowl)ย 

In a pot, combine the water and butter, bringing it to a boil. Add the flour and 2/3 cup of the crushed cookie mixture, stirring until the dough comes together in a ball. Remove from heat.
Add in the eggs one a time, stirring until the dough becomes a paste. Transfer the dough into a piping bag with a large round tip.
On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, pipe 1-inch mounds.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until the pastry has risen considerably and the insides are dry.
Transfer the chilled pastry cream into a piping bag with a small tip. Poke a hole in the centre of the bottom of each cream puff and fill each puff with the pastry cream.
Microwave the remaining cookie cream for 30 seconds, stirring until smooth.
Dip the top of each filled cream puff into the cookie cream, dripping off any excess.
Sprinkle any remaining cookies crumbs on top of each cream puff.

If you don’t have enough cookie cream to cover each cream puff you can also make your own icing. Just mix powdered sugar at a tiny bit of water.

 

Grilles cheese and spinach sandwich

5-10 min- easy

There are a lot of options for this one. So I can only give you the starting ingredients like bread and cheese of your choice and fresh spinach. I assume you know how to make a griller sandwich.

You can choose for a thick multigrain bread where you can spread some pesto sauce on, maybe some Tabasco or just sticking with butter.
Next, place the cheese of your choice, like procolone, Brie or Grana Padano cheese, and fresh spinach on the bread.
When you put the cheese between the greens, it makes it easier for the veggies to stay in place.
Now all that is left is to grill it.

I you want a different kind of grilled cheese sandwich you could use dried tomatoes, goat cheese, pineapple or bacon. You can basically make any combination that you want. You can even add nachos.

Instead of a sandwich you can also make wraps. The only think you’ll have to so is switch the bread for a wrap and you don’t even have to grill it.
Instead of using butter or pesto sauce you can use spreadable herb cheese or garlic butter.
You can also roast them in the oven or sprinkle some kurkuma over them.
Add some chicken maybe.

 

Watermelon cooler


  • 1 medium sized seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 peeled cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 5-10 mint leave, roughly chopped
  • 3 tblsp. of sugar
  • 1 tblsp. of fresh lime juice
  • a pinch of salt

Depending on the size of your blender, you mag have to do this in two batches.

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and process until it’s smooth. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a bowl, pressing the solids with a wooden spoon to get all the liquid out.
Place the watermelon mixture back in your blender and add ice cubes.
Depending on how slushy you want it, add your ice cubes accordingly.

 

Now we have something sweet, savoury and something to drink with it. Put everything in a plastic container, get some plastic cups, napkins, picnic plait, plates and whatever else you need for a heavenly picnic. (Or any other occasion)
But don’t forget to clean after yourselves. You dirty little noobs. (Too far?)
Have a lovely weekend.

Love,
Manon

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