4.19.2012

Picnic in Central Park


Oh boy, I'm done with Lucas' birthday party for this year. We were able to go for a picnic, I was so stressed out not for the party itself but for the weather conditions. The weather report kept changing from rainy to beautiful to "it might rain". I said to my husband "We will only know on Sunday". Luckily, it was a beautiful day, 80° F.  I said "It's perfect! lets pack!" 



When we got to Central Park, we saw the prettiest cherry blossom tree and I said "There! We found our spot!" I was surprised that spot was available as the park was full of people. 



Lucas is completely an outdoor kid. The minute we got there his face lit up and and started to run and run like he had been in a cage and had just been released. It was funny to see that and I'm so glad he had a great time.



There was also a picnic basket. I made two types of sandwiches. I found a fantastic olive flat bread (similar to focaccia) that I used to make goat cheese with roasted red peppers, baby spinach and sopressata sandwiches. I also made Mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and basil pesto sandwiches.  For dessert, a flour-less chocolate cake (his favorite) with lemon curd. 




We had some lemon curd left that we brought back home and I made strawberry brulee. It was a fun way to use the leftovers. You can stuff them with many things such as pastry cream, chocolate, orange cream and it always comes out fantastic. 

Here is a tutorial on how to do strawberry brulee.




Ingredients

Lemonade

1 cup fresh lemon juice
4 cups water
1/4 cup sugar (or add more 
adjusting to your taste)
2 sprigs of mint
Ice to serve

In a pitcher, combine all the ingredients (except the ice) Stir until 
the sugar dissolves. Serve with ice. 


Mozzarella sandwiches
Quantity on this recipes depends on the amount of sandwiches.

bread
sun dried tomatoes
Fresh mozzarella
baby spinach

Spread a thin layer of pesto sauce onto the pieces of bread. Layer few slices of mozzarella cheese and a couple of sun dried tomatoes, top with baby spinach. 

Goat cheese sandwiches

roasted red peppers
sopressata or salami, sliced
baby spinach
bread
goat cheese, at room 
temperature

Spread goat cheese onto the pieces of bread. Layer few slices of sorpressata and a roasted red peppers, top with baby spinach. 







11 comments:

  1. Your son is very handsome, happy birthday to him!! love the strawberry idea.

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  2. clever idea with the strawberries

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  3. Najwa,
    I enjoyed your post. Your photos are beautiful.
    Joanne

    http://inyrdreemz-thebig50.blogspot.com

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  4. That lemonade looks delicious and refreshing. I would never have thought to add mint. I'm also craving these kinds of drinks http://bit.ly/HZ1FL3

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  5. Those strawberries filled brûlées are awesome! What a great picnic you had, besides, you had it in central park! Lucky you.

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  6. wow - these photos are spectacular. just found you and I am here to stay!

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    1. Thank you Susan, I'm happy to welcome you here!!

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  7. Sounds like a perfect day! The cherry blossoms are so beautiful, I wish we had them here in California.

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  8. What a dreamy spring picnic! Your styling is amazing and the food looks so good:)
    -E

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  9. What a fabulous picnic. I know your birthday boy enjoyed his day. That face tells it all :-). This is my first visit to your blog, but I'll be back. You've created a great spot to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. You'll semore of me. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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    1. Thank you Mary!! I'm really happy you stopped by! Welcome!

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