One of the things you have to be able to do if you live in this country is be able to adapt – especially when it comes to the very British weather we experience. ‘The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry’ as the saying goes, so, when we saw the weather on Saturday, we decided to postpone our picnic trip to the Sunday…little knowing that I would catch the virus that Ross and Grace had had a couple of weeks prior. So, what to do?!
Well, with the picnic food waiting for us in the fridge, which included the brand new range from Higgidy, we refused to let it go to waste so our living room – and Andy Murray – came to our rescue. We had been sent the new Ham Hock and Petit Pois quiches together with Feta and Pepper Veggie rolls from Higgidy and I had prepared some homemade lemonade and Courgette Chocolate Brownies on the Friday evening all ready for our feast (yep, that’s right, I said Courgette Chocolate Brownies! Recipe below). On top of all of this, Higgidy have joined forces with the fashion brand,Joules, to give away some great picnic prizes and they kindly gifted me a rather stylish Joules picnic cup.
We laid out my stripey rug on the ground (which Grace had given me for Mothers Day, knowing that I regularly felt the cold!) and then we used Ross’ computer table to place the food on and the 3 of us used the rug to sit on. We also used paper plates which saved on the washing up (another benefit of picnics).
We settled down with our picnic food to cheer on a very focused Andy Murray play in his third Wimbledon final – having last won it back in 2013. His opponent was the Canadian Milos Raonic, who looked like a very strong player, having already beaten Federer. It was great to be able to re-live some of my childhood watching a Wimbledon final (something I recently shared my memories of) and be able to share this with Grace who took a lot of interest in the match as we watched it and wanted to know how the scoring works (the only thing I got a bit stuck on here were the rules of tie-breaks! But then, I always did).
As the match progressed we all enjoyed our Higgidy picnic food. We all agreed that we could not decide between the quiche and veggie rolls as to which were our favourites so, unlike the tennis where there could be only one, we decided upon a dead heat in the favourite product stakes! These were all washed down with my homemade lemonade (a recipe for which I have previously shared) and followed by our Brownies – Ross decided to add a dose of ice cream to his.
To add to the Higgidy picnic, as I said above, I made some Courgette Chocolate Brownies. It may sound a bit weird but it not only makes them a little healthier but they are also gluten free and the courgette keeps them moist – even if they have been in the fridge for a couple of days!
- 200g butter
- 200g dark chocolate
- 100g sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 60g ground almonds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 courgette, finely grated
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and prepare an 8 inch baking tin
- Place the butter, chocolate and sugar in a bowl and place over a pan of simmering water in order to melt them together
- Transfer the mixture to a food processor and add the vanilla essence, eggs, ground almonds, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda and process to combine them then add the courgette
- Spoon the mixture into the tin and then bake for around 25 minutes.
- Leave in the tin to cool and then transfer onto plate and place in the fridge
Don’t forget to collect your special stickers from the Higgidy packs to be in with a chance of winning one of hundreds of prizes from Joules and their picnic range.
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