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This week it’s National Picnic Week, why not go for a picnic this Sunday on Fathers Day and treat the whole family, especially Dad. Finger foods are perfect for picnics and can be eaten as you explore, my favourites are Sausage Rolls, homemade are definitely best and can be made with the children the day before.

Sausage Roll

Sausage Rolls


  • 500g puff pastry
  • 400g good quality sausages
  • 1 eating apple
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Flour for rolling

What you need to do

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
  2. Roll the pastry out on a floured surface to make a rectangle about 26cm x 40cm, cut the pastry in half lengthways so that you have two long thin pieces.
  3. Slit the sausages with a knife to remove the sausage meat and place it in a bowl.
  4. Peel, core and finely dice the apple, add to the sausage meat with the wholegrain mustard and the salt and pepper, mix together well and divide the mixture into two.
  5. Lightly flour your hands and roll out each half of the sausage meat into a long sausage the same length as the pastry.
  6. Lay the sausages onto each piece of pastry lengthways and brush the egg along the longer edges, fold one edge of the pastry over the sausage and then roll the whole thing slightly so that the join is underneath, press lightly to seal the pastry.
  7. Cut each roll into 12 small rolls and place them on a baking tray, lined with baking paper, so that the join is underneath, make two small cuts on the top of each roll and brush with the beaten egg.
  8. Bake in the oven for approx. 20 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden and the meat has cooked through.

These sausage rolls can be made up to a month in advance and frozen, freeze them uncooked before brushing with the egg, to cook from frozen add 10 minutes on to the cooking time.

They are ideal for school lunchboxes and delicious served warm on a buffet.

Buddleia and Small Tortoiseshell

To keep the children entertained on your picnic why not set them an I Spy Nature Quiz, print off a list of things that you might see on your picnic, and ask them to tick them off as they see them, they could do this individually or in teams don’t forget the prize for the winners, here are some suggestions of what to include:

  • Ladybird
  • Butterfly
  • Bee
  • Beetle
  • Spider
  • Daisy
  • Buttercup
  • Blackbird
  • Robin
  • Oak Tree
  • Holly Tree
  • Rabbit
  • Squirrel

Have a lovely weekend, hopefully with plenty of warm, sunny picnic weather.

Have fun


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This Sunday on Father’s Day why not tempt your Dad out of bed with the irresistible smell of freshly baked home made Flapjack. This is a recipe that I use again and again and with delicious results every time.

Fruity Flapjack


  • 200g (7oz) unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 80g (3oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 350g (12oz) rolled oats
  • 100g (3.5oz) approx Raisins or Sultanas (add more/less if preferred)
  • 10 approx Glace cherries chopped (add more/less if preferred)


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 /Electric Oven 190C / Fan Oven 170C.
  2. Lightly grease an 18cm x 30cm (7inch x 12inch) tin and fully line with greaseproof paper.
  3. Heat the butter, syrup and sugar in a large saucepan until the butter has melted.
  4. Add the Raisins/Sultanas and Cherries and stir, then add the rolled oats and mix well.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly into the lined tin and press down with a fork so that the mixture fills the corners and that any air pockets are removed.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden, keep checking towards the end of cooking as if overcooked they will not have that lovely soft texture (All ovens vary slightly I cook mine at 170C (Fan) for 10 minutes then turn the tray round and cook for another 10 minutes).
  7. Once cooled you should be able to easily lift out the flapjack holding the greaseproof paper, and then cut into pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Flapjack is packed full of energy and will keep you going whatever you have planned on this special day, it also makes a perfect addition to a lunch box, family picnic or a day out.



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