A Blytonian Picnic

Enid Blyton fans raise hands!! ✋ Yes, I am talking about ‘the’ Enid Blyton! Author of thousands and thousands of children’s books! I remember as a child I would give anything to just sit and read Famous Five all day long. Throw in some of the short stories by Enid Blyton and I am happily floating around in my own imaginary world.

She really had the talent to stimulate a child’s imagination and I never really felt it in any other author’s writing until i read J.K.Rowling. And if you have noticed, both of them wrote really well about food! Simple food has been described in such a way that it will leave you drooling! i always dreamed of having a larder in my kitchen when i grow up. Oh those larders crammed with divine food!! And all those delicious picnic spreads! And the ‘lashings and lashings’ of food in all of Enid Blyton’s books ( i just drooled all over my ipad remembering them)

Coming back to reality, reading Enid Blyton has not only given me the love of reading, but also a love of picnics! ( and a love for adventures… In my imaginary magical land). There is always a picnic somewhere in her books and the descriptions always made me want to pack a picnic basket and go off on one!

Now since i am grown up ( atleast i think i am) and I don’t read Enid Blyton anymore ( no one knows about my secret Blyton reading binges), i forgot most of those lovely stories. Luckily for me, i became a mom! ( best thing ever!!!) and now i have a chance to relive my childhood, including re-reading all those Enid Blyton books…. To my baby of course!

And as we were reading ‘ The Magic Faraway Tree’ one night, nostalgia struck and inspiration struck too ?. I had a day off from work and I thought what better way to spend it, than having a Blytonian Picnic?!

It was a very impromptu picnic and i did not have anything on hand, except for the will to do it! So i got my little lady ready for a picnic, asked her who she wanted to join us ( by who i mean her endless collection of stuffed toys), and went of to the supermarket to get the supplies.

I went to Spinneys because i knew i would get everything there ( esp. Things like potted meat!). And then off we went to Zabeel Park to have our little picnic!!!

This is what our basket looked like:

 

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  1. Disposable plates, cups and spoons – I don’t know what they used in the books but to me this was perfect ( no washing dishes later)
  2. Water – despite the weather being pleasant, we almost downed a whole bottle between us two.
  3. Luncheon meat – sadly i did not find any potted meat, so i got this instead. But since i have some sort of OCD for not feeding my daughter overly processed foods, i picked up a grilled chicken for her!
  4. Loaf of fresh wholegrain bread – another reason i went to Spinneys was because of their baked goods, and this was just delish!
  5. Cream cheese and tomato – remember those cream cheese and tomato sandwiches? *droooool*
  6. Slab of Butter ( small one though!)  – i buttered our sandwiches, and it really brought out the flavour.
  7. Fresh hummus – because i know if Enid Blyton lived in the middle east she would be all for the hummus!
  8. Plums – because they appear all over the Famous Five books!
  9. Muffins – because the famous five had all sorts of cakes for tea and dessert!
  10. Juices – i did not have time to make my own lemonade (sob) so we settled for our favorite fresh juices.
  11. Tissue box, trash bag, zipper bags for leftovers and a knife.

Once we found a shady spot and spread our blanket, i set off making sandwiches while my daughter made efforts at talking to the group of girls about a kilometer away from us and complained that Lala and Po ( who she had chosen to come with us) were hungry. We had cream cheese and tomato sandwiches first ( nom nom nom) and trust me on this, they never tasted soooo good, atleast to me!

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Then we had our grilled chicken and hummus sandwiches which turned out to be just average compared to the cheese and tomato ( i was kicking myself for not getting boiled eggs).

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We had chocolate and orange and carrot and nuts muffins for dessert and washed them down with the fresh juices.

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With our tummies more than full we had a half hearted session of reading and then i just let my LO go crazy in the playground while i lolled on a bench munching on plums. It was something very quick and short but we definitely had an awesome time and i can say that twice!

Hopefully the weather remains pleasant and we can have more ( better organised) blytonian picnics. And here i flip into daydream mode where i am packing lunches for my DD to take with her for picnics with her dolls at some secret place!

And then George pipes up, ‘ I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors.’ – Five Go Off In A Caravan