You never really know how these things will go when you launch something new like this, but you guys have surpassed our expectations and made us very happy. So a big thank you to all of you who took the time to submit your recipes, you’re such a clever lot!
Before I embark on the mammoth task of putting together the round up, I must just remind you all that there is a prize for the winning recipe this month and I am delighted to announce that our first ever guest judge is Matt Edwards.
Matt opened his first restaurant – Master & Servant (@servantfood) – based in Hoxton Square in London in March this year. Inspired by the Manhattan restaurant scene, the food is seasonal focusing on their charcoal grill and also includes their own smoked meats and charcuterie. Matt reached the semi final of Masterchef in Season 6 and has since worked in a number of top restaurants including Quo Vadis & Fino to name a few. I know he will pick a worthy winner with all his experience and love of seasonality!
So let’s get cracking with the 53 entries for this month!
Asparagus & Potato Tart by Mel from Ediblethings
Peppery pastry & creamy filling with asparagus, chervil & feta. Perfect for portable eating – even on a bus!
Chilli Turkey Ciabatta by Helen from The Crazy Kitchen
A seriously good looking sandwich with griddled turkey breast smothered in sweet chilli sauce – erm, yes please!
Warm Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Haricot Vert & Pancetta by Suzanne from Apuginthekitchen
A sautéed salad oozing with garlicky dressing, juicy tomatoes & salty pancetta. This one has my mouth watering. Great combination of textures & flavours.
Chorizo Sausage Rolls by Caroline from Caroline Makes…
I am sucker for all things ‘Chorizo’ so these meal sized parcels bursting with garlic, chilli & peppers would be ideal for feeding me!
Foodie Quine Picnic by Claire from Foodie Quine
A truly special feast of a picnic that will inspire you. Great ideas for making a spread fit for a Queen!
Perfect Deviled Eggs by Mark from Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w/Luv
Beautifully presented, rich eggy treats punchy with mustard and Worcestershire sauce – very fashionable right now! And of course, made with lots of love.
A selection of Grilled Vegetables by Al from A Reluctant Foodie
Stuffed Peppers, Grilled Baby Courgettes & Steamed Peas – all cooked outside on the grill with no meat necessary! A fabulous meat free BBQ.
Lemon & Blueberry Cupcakes by Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker
Liberally flecked with juicy blueberries & a zing of lemon, these beautiful little cupcakes would be the showstoppers in any picnic meal.
Muffins with Zucchini by Pierluigi from In The Pix & Dix’s Kitchen
A brilliant idea for a savoury muffin, delicious with smoked salmon. Perfect for the fast approaching seasonal cougette glut.
Cheshire Cheese & Marmalade Bread Tarts by Fromage Homage
Don’t be afraid! Strong salty cheese works so well with sweet marmalade, served in these clever little bread cups. Deliciously more-ish & very portable.
Chelsea Buns by Jen from Blue Kitchen Bakes
Gorgeously glossy and sticky, sweet doughy buns. Seriously, what is not to love about these beauties? Picnic heaven.
Mini Chocolate & Rhubarb Pavlovas by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog
A whole pavlova just for you – awesome! Don’t get me started on the brilliance of Rhubarb & Elderflower Curd…so clever & yummy!
Cheese & Roasted Vegetable Picnic Loaf by Helen from The Crazy Kitchen
A stunning colourful layered loaf, filled to bursting with delicious summery ingredients. This is sublime picnic food indeed.
Raspberry & Pistachio Financiers by Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker
Dainty nibbly delights! The inclusion of pistachios sounds wonderful in these moist nutty little cakes…or biscuits? Either way, I’d eat them all!
Chocolate Grissini by Jen from Blue Kitchen Bakes
Expertly hand made sweet bread sticks liberally dipped in chocolate, nuts & sprinkles! These are not only fun & pretty but would be a big hit with kids & adults alike.
Savoury Cake with Bacon, Figs & Walnuts by Anneli from Delicieux
These French loaf/cakes are undeniably practical for a picnic but are dangerously addictive also! Needs nothing more than sunshine & wine.
Mini Slmon Terrines by Fiona from The Healthy Epicurean
Elegant individual terrines, perfect for outdoor dinners or very posh picnics! A splash of Pastis really gives them a tasty kick.
Olive, Red Pepper & Anchovy Cake by Fiona from The Healthy Epicurean
Super healthy, made with spelt flour with a low GI, this cake packs a flavoursome punch. Perfect as an outdoor nibble or on a picnic.
Turkey & Stuffin’ Bread with Cranberry & Pistachio by Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles
Impressive braided roll stuffed with Turkey & combined with the ideal sweetness of cranberry, this would happily feed a family. And I bet it would be good cold too.
Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches by Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles
Clearly an expert in Macaron, these perfect chocolate puffs look amazing loaded with ice cream! Accomplished pud for an outdoor dinner party.
Slowcooker Pulled Chicken in Brioche by Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles
Tender moist BBQ chicken stuffed into golden brioche…my stomach just gave a very loud rumble! Taking sandwiches to the next level…
Cheese & Marmite Pasties by Sally from Recipe Junkie and the Attack of the Custard Creams
Cheese & Marmite are a match made in heaven so this tasty take on a pastie would be a complete winner in my house! Ideal for eating out & about.
Leek & Bayonne Ham Quiche by Fiona from The Healthy Epicurean
As always from Fiona these little beauties are very healthy & also happen to be gluten free. Hot or cold they are superb outdoor food.
Torta Verde with Jack By The Hedge by Andrea from Shabby Chick
Vibrant tart flush with foraged & home grown greens. Learnt a few new things reading this one! A wholesome & fresh Torta, ideal for outdoor eating.
Ground Hazelnut & Olive Oil Cake by Jacqueline from How To Be A Gourmand
Simplicity is the height of sophistication they say and this cake proves that perfectly! A healthier cake, moist & flavoursome, just lovely!
Hazelnut Oat Choc Chip Cookies by Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe
Chewy choc chip cookies, scented with hazelnut…Good gracious YES! Now who wouldn’t want to eat a batch of these whilst having fun in the sun? I know I would!
Blueberry & Chocolate Muffins by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog
Superfood blueberries & milk chocolate chips in dinky handy muffins – perfect for picnics & scoffing happily with all the family!
A Couple of Summer Crostini by Louisa from Chez Foti
Seriously tempting tasty toppings! An elegant couple of canapés to offer guests with crisp cool wine on Summery evenings. Just wonderful!
Energy Boost Berry Muffins by Michelle from Utterly Scrummy Food For Families
Splendidly spiced wholemeal, oaty muffins – just what the doctor ordred when you are flagging a bit! An ideal picnic hamper treat!
Giant Sausage Rolls by Michelle from Utterly Scrummy Food For Families
Sausage rolls big enough for sharing – a fantastic idea for outdoor communal eating! Everyone loves sausage rolls and these look like some of the best!
Fresh Herb & Avocado Rolls by Katie from Thyme for Cooking
Creamy avocado, feta, olives & herbs wrapped in light crunchy phyllo pastry sounds like a dreamy combination to me! I will definitely be trying these!
Tuscan Panzanella by Vanesther from Bangers & Mash
Classically beautiful salad, bursting with Summer flavours and colours. Great for a picnic or alongside a BBQ. Versatile & delish.
Russian Picnic Salad by Karen from Lavender & Lovage
One element of an AMAZING picnic spread, this salad is exploding with fabulous ingredients. Tuna, herbs, potatoes, garlic, olives to name a few! Gorgeous!
Mint Chocolate Cupcakes by Caroline from Caroline Makes…
With the added bonus of being vegan, these gorgeous green topped muffins are ever so pretty & tasty too! Chocolate & mint are the best of friends.
Green Goddess 50 Calorie Soup by Karen from Lavender & Lovage
Gorgeous green lettuce soup! Kind to your hips & tantalizing for your tastebuds, this recipe has it all. A Summer sensation in a bowl!
Raspberry Chocolate & Almond Tartlets by Laura from How To Cook Good Food
Delicate desserts, rich with chocolate ganache and topped with sharp Summery raspberries. These tartlets are both beautiful & ambrosial!
Mint Choc Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream by Elizabeth from Elizabeth’s Kitchen
You had me at cookie dough! Factor in mint & choc chips & I am likely to swoon. With 2 ways of making it, this is a MUST try Summer treat!
Cheese & Courgette Muffins by Fiona from The Healthy Epicurean
Rich with cheese & a kick of paprika & worcestershire sauce, these muffins look crumbly & moist. Healthy & delicious, who could want more?
Curried Chickpea Salad with Carrots & Currants by Janet from The Taste Space
Super healthy raw salad, wonderful textures & a creamy but tangy dressing! Health food doesn’t get much better than this!
Raspberry & White Chocolate Tarts by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog
Crumbly pastry, jam, white chocolate cream & raspberries – a heavenly combination all together in these beautiful, dainty tarts. I’ll take a dozen
Spinach & Feta Filo Pie (Spanakopita) by Louisa from Chez Foti
Crunchy, creamy & fresh, this pie has it all! Bursting with vitamin rich spinach, full of antioxidants, this pie will have you fighting fit and well fed too!
Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake by Nicole from Nicole Bremner
Vegan cakey loveliness, doused with a lemony glaze and abundant with blueberries, this loaf would make a wonderful addition to any picnic party.
Rhubarb, Lemon & Vanilla Jam by Camilla from Fab Food 4 All
Sweet sticky jam with a nice twang of lemon. Perfect on a scone for a traditional and unbeatable British picnic treat!
Rye & Pumpkin Seed Rolls by Sarah from The Garden Deli
Wonderful hand made rolls ready to be filled with yummy stuff, perfect for a portable lunch. Fantastic fuss free recipe.
Oliver’s Picnic with an Indian Meal by Kavitha from Techie…Cookie…Freaky…
A super array of Indian dishes all made for a charity picnic event. Proof that picnics do not have to be dull, this spicy feast sounds fantastic.
An English Potherb & Soft Cheese Pie by Rachel from Marmaduke Scarlet
A wonderful take on Spanakopita, embellished with lots of lovely herbs and greens. The use of canned cheese is a revelation to me!
Italian Rustic Bread Sticks by Alida from My Little Italian Kitchen
Lovely hand made bread sticks without any junk in them! Perfect portable picnic food. Well worth a little effort – I’m sure you can really taste the difference.
Minted Pea & Feta Dip by Louisa from Chez Foti
Gorgeous green goodness, spiked with feta and mint! Delicious dunky dip with veggies or bread (or perhaps slathered in a fish finger sandwich?!) Yummy.
Flapjacks by H Is For Home
Classically delicious flap jacks with some fantastic suggestions for jazzing them up. Moist and sweet, perfect for a picnic treat.
Cinnamon Rolls by Annie from A Working Mum’s Cookbook
Perfect looking rolls, spiced with fragrant, delicious cinnamon and smothered in icing! Impossible to resist, perfect for outdoor eating. (or anytime eating!)
Beet Pickled Eggs by Johnny from Mastering The Art Of Pigging Out
Stained deep red these eggs are striking! Classic pickled eggs, perfect for outdoor eating, always a crowd pleaser.
Red Pepper Pesto & Ricotta Appetizer by Johnny from Mastering The Art Of Pigging Out
A wonderful creamy and sharp dip. Easy and delicious this is ideal for generously dunking tortilla chips or veggies. Mmmmm!!!
Sweet & Savoury Zucchini Cakes by Johnny from Mastering The Art Of Pigging Out
Fascinating use of spices in these delicious little cakes. I had never heard of Anardana Powder but it sounds wonderful! I must seek some out!
WOW!! That was epic indeed! Thank you all so much for sharing your brilliant recipes in the Four Seasons Food Challenge! July is being hosted by my partner Louisa from Chez Foti so head on over there for more details. The theme for the month is BBQ food and BBQ side dishes. I am looking forward to seeing what you clever lot can come up with for that!
I would just like to remind you that the prize for June’s FSF chllenge is a copy of The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit. AND….our wonderful guest judge Matt Edwards has also offered the winner 50% off a meal at his London restaurant!! Having enjoyed dinner there myself, may I just say that it is a treat indeed!
AND THE WINNER IS…..Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles for her Slow Cooker Chicken in Brioche which Matt thought looked “absolutely amazing” and “wonderful to see a chicken recipe looking so juicy and moist”.
Well done Anyonita. I will be in touch with details of your prizes and your Four Seasons Food Winners Badge.
See you all next time! – Anneli x