Packing only local products, here are some ideas to enjoy a Ferragosto Mediterranean picnic “English style”, with horses, dog and picnic basket.
Ferragosto is a traditional Mediterranean holiday in Italy, France and Spain, celebrating the Assumption of Mary.
Typically most people are on vacation, and many prepare a picnic spending the day outdoors.
Unfortunately, it is also a time of the year when it is difficult to escape the traffic and queues everywhere.
To enjoy nature at it is best; we went to visit my sister, the Vet, to her mountain cabin in the Natural Park in Sila.
We planned to take my sister and her husband’s two horses, the Jeep, their dog Lina (a pregnant schnauzer) and venture into the Natural Park.
Packing only typical Mediterranean products inspired by Waitrose, we had a Ferragosto Mediterranean picnic “English style”, with horses, dog and picnic basket.
It is Waitrose Taste of Med until the 16th of August, and inspired by some of the traditional products they have on offer, I am preparing our picnic today.
Waitrose was my supermarket of choice when I was living in London.
I could always trust the freshness and the quality of its products.
And for this Mediterranean week they have fantastic traditional choices.
For this Mediterranean picnic , I am choosing some typical Italian products from Waitrose.
Buy some fresh rustic bread loaf to make sandwiches, and complete the meal with some local seasonal fruits and vegetables.
For vegetables I selected:
For drinks and dessert’s:
I added from the local farmer’s market:
- A large loaf of local bread
- Pistachios from Bronte
- Wild Berries
While my brother in law was preparing the horse, I was busy organizing the Mediterranean picnic.
The Mediterranean picnic
I cut the bread into 5 sections, seasoning the bread with the juice from the tomato salad we made the night before.
It is a natural fresh summer seasoning, the mix of the sweet tomatoes juices, salt and good quality virgin olive oil.
I then prepared 5 different types of sandwich:
We packed our picnic and headed for our adventure.
However, as with any good English picnic, our day was interrupted by the rain!
More than rain, a heavy Mediterranean summer storm!
Luckily enough, as we arrived back home, the dog Lina started her labour and gave birth to 4 puppies.
As a special treat my son Francesco feed her a Plateau de fromage made of parmesan crusts.