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Feb 21 2012

Irish Country Magazine Picnic Photoshoot

I had a lovely day ‘off’ yesterday even if it did mean an early start with lots of baking involved.

Along with the lovely Imen McDonnell, Pat Whelan and Ella McSweeney, we trotted along to the gorgeous Village at Lyons for a picnic photo shoot. ‘Picnic!?’ did you exclaim? ‘In this weather?’.  The lovely boutique hotel had a fabulously heated conservatory which kept us toasty warm as we looked out at the rather dreary day.

The brief was to bring quirky picnic food of a ‘peasant chic’ nature along with a story to tell.  Plus, of course, there were the practical aspects of making something that is transportable and doesn’t fall over the place in case you have to make an emergency stop.

I brought a quiche in my fabulous Greengate pie dish (note the pie dish is fab, not necessarily the quiche although most of it was consumed there!), a jar of homemade raspberry jam, a bottle of elderflower cordial that was made last May and had kept perfectly in the freezer (it was the last bottle so that was lucky!), a spot o dick and clotted cream.

The spot o dick is one of the fruit breads that always goes down particularly well for those ‘high teas’ for silage men or for bringing to the hay field. Think Famous Five with lashings of tea and scones and cream.

Last year the BBC ran a series of programmes based on the Edwardian way of life and in one of the episodes, they made clotted cream. It was something I’d put on my ‘to-do’ list so last week I decided to have a go and it was gorgeous with the jam and fruit bread.

If you would like the recipe  for the clotted cream or to see how it was made – do check this post over on my Irish Farmerette blog. Click here to see our recipe for elderflower cordial.

We will be featured in the new Irish Country Magazine which will be on the shelves on 29th March.

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  1. [...] By the way, if you would like to see more photos of the food at the picnic, do have a look at my Garrendenny Lane blog. [...]

  2. Móna Wiseon 21 Feb 2012 at 1:49 pm

    What great photos Lorna. Looks like you had a wonderful day and I was wondering about that ‘outdoor’ picnic theme myself. Nice heated conservatory!

  3. Lornaon 22 Feb 2012 at 10:20 am

    It was great fun Mona, though I was tired after it – now was that due to the baking or the modelling? :)