Ideas for an evening picnic?
First time posting a non-restaurant topic. I am taking her on an evening picnic; she's really excited...only problem is, she's a flight attendant, and her flight that day won't land until 6:30. I had originally planned on taking her to a beach and watching the sunset along with the picnic. But now it seems that may be a stretch. She still wants to do the picnic though, and I don't want to cancel.
So right now, I think we'll still have it on the beach, except on a picnic table with candles, as by the time we get there the sun may have already set, and we might not have any light. Even with candles, I am not sure how bright it will be. What do you think I should bring? Besides chilled wine of course.
She specifically wanted something Indian...so I am goign to make paneer pakoras...which I've never done before. But I am very open to any suggestions....what should I bring along food wise?
In much of India and Sri Lanka the traditional style is to eat with the fingers. So lots of tissues and a few baby wipes. Take a little time to learn the etiquette of doing it just in case she knows all about it.
A birianni with chicken drumsticks.
Your favourite bread. Naan tends to get a little hard so chapatti and/or puri. Alternatively any pita bread will do.
Some Chinese prawn crackers make good scoops.
Butter chicken - still good cold provided it's not slathered with ghee. Remember that animal fats may well be solid depending where in the world you are.
Vegetable samosas. Make sure you have a dipping sauce.
A salad - I would go for a greek one as it survives longer. Keep the dressing separate in a little bottle that can be shaken and then added. Use cherry tomatoes. Don't add salt till the last minute or it sucks moisture out of the cukes.
Paneer pakora - fine. Careful transporting them though.
Onion bhaji - maybe not - we have enough fried stuff.
Simple lentil curry / channa, slightly sweet.
A tomato based curry, meat or veg depending on what you want.
Fruit salad - and serve it with the meal. I like fruit WHILE I am eating Indian.