Ferragosto: a Mediterranean picnic “English style”

Packing only local products, here are some ideas to enjoy a Ferragosto Mediterranean picnic “English style”, with horses, dog and picnic basket.

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Taste of the Med

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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.

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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.

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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.



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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.

I added from the local farmer’s market:

  • A large loaf of local bread
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Lemons
  • Pistachios from Bronte
  • Pears
  • Wild Berries

 


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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.

 


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I then prepared 5 different types of sandwich:


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Mid summer picnic - aperitif

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As an aperitif, we nibbled on

Waitrose Greek mixed olives in a herb dressing

Waitrose Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

and sliced pear.

 

An old Italian riddle says: “Don’t make the farmer aware, how good is cheese with pear”

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!  

 

 


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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.



What an exciting day!

Thank you Waitrose for the fantastic ideas !

 

The Calm After the Storm

A Picnic with typical Italian products

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  17 comments for “Ferragosto: a Mediterranean picnic “English style”

  1. 25th March 2017 at 8:52 am

    This place looks so beautiful! Maybe I’ll go for a trip some day 🙂

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    • Laura
      31st March 2017 at 3:40 am

      Thank you, I would highly recommend

  2. 25th March 2017 at 9:10 am

    Wow this is a lovely idea & fab photos! Many Thanks, Cat
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    • Laura
      31st March 2017 at 3:40 am

      Thank you Cat

  3. 25th March 2017 at 9:45 am

    great post. Book marking!

    • Laura
      31st March 2017 at 3:39 am

      Thank you Rabz

  4. 25th March 2017 at 10:06 am

    Lovely spread and presentation…will definitely get you eating

    • Laura
      31st March 2017 at 3:37 am

      Thanks

  5. Veera
    25th March 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I love horses and outdoors 🙂 great post, here in Finland it’s still a bit too cold to go out, but hopefully soon!
    https://byveera.blogspot.fi/?m=1

    • Laura
      31st March 2017 at 3:37 am

      Thank you, the puppies were a nice closing

  6. Jenni Petrey
    25th March 2017 at 12:03 pm

    It sounds as though you had a wonderful day out and I love your choice of food. It sounds delicious.

  7. 25th March 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I’m already hungry…yummy, i like them all 🙂

    • Laura
      31st March 2017 at 3:36 am

      Thanks

  8. 25th March 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Looks like a fun filled picnic trip. And some wonderful food to make it more funful

    • Laura
      31st March 2017 at 3:36 am

      Thank you, Mediterranean mountain at its best

  9. Jerry
    26th March 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Horses, trees and food. What more could you possibly want?

    • Laura
      31st March 2017 at 3:35 am

      Thanks, all about nature

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