I’ve always loved picnics. There is just something special about it that I always connect to happy memories of family trips and holidays. As a child, I was deeply convinced that the sandwiches that came out of the cooler tasted so much better than the ones we had at home. And call me crazy, but to some point I still believe that they actually taste differently! As we had a public holiday last week, my boyfriend, Flo, and I prepared some vegan snacks, grabbed a big blanket, and headed out to find a nice picnic spot along the Rhine River.
We brought along the chickpea tuna salad I posted last week, vegan Mediterranean polenta with sun-dried tomatoes and black olives, French bread, bulgur salad, yogurt dip, and fresh fruit and veggies. Besides, we still had some leftover lentil curry with potatoes and eggplant. So we had plenty of healthy and yummy food for our vegan picnic!
On trips like this, we always keep saying that we should do this more often and that there are so many nice places just around the corner that we haven’t seen yet. I’ve always traveled a lot, first with my parents and now mostly with Flo, but I actually haven’t seen that much of Germany yet. I’ve been to New York, Vancouver, Sydney, and Bangkok before I’ve visited Berlin for the first time last summer. Sometimes you really don’t have to go that far to spend a great day and see so many new things.
I prepared the vegan Mediterranean polenta the night before and cut them into large sticks. In the morning before we headed out, I heated some olive oil in a large pan and roasted them until they were crispy. I also made a simple soy yogurt dip to eat along with the polenta sticks (just stir in some fresh herbs such as parsley, chives or dill, salt, and pepper and let it sit over night).