Thomasina Miers My Glyn­de­bourne Fes­ti­val Opera Pic­nic

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Ev­ery­thing tastes bet­ter out­doors and ev­ery­thing feels spe­cial, par­tic­u­larly in the set­ting of Glyn­de­bourne, with senses al­ready height­ened by the ex­hil­a­ra­tion that fan­tas­tic opera de­liv­ers in the beau­ti­ful grounds. Take lots of fin­ger food, lots of va­ri­ety and plenty of de­li­cious white wine

A box of cheese

Good cheese makes life bet­ter, prefer­ably from La Fro­magerie (www. lafro­magerie.co.uk) or Neal’s Yard Dairy (www.neal­syard­dairy.co.uk). I would al­ways pre­fer to buy less, but know that the cheese is go­ing to be the best, made by peo­ple who re­ally care about their prod­uct A pot of my home­made tomato-and-ha­banero jam To go with the cheese—the recipe is in my new book, Home Cook. The jam is lightly spiced and del­i­cate, but sparkling with flavour. It’s also de­li­cious with sausages, pâtés and as a mari­nade

De­li­cious sal­ads

So easy to pull to­gether, fine to trans­port, fresh and light. The chopped­cauliflower rice salad in Home Cook will please all your friends as it’s meat-free, dairy-free and gluten-free—it’s also in­cred­i­bly gutsy and you can take the cumin and red-wine vine­gar dress­ing on the side

Curried eggs

My mother al­ways used to make them for us to take on pic­nics and I still love them. Hard boil and whip out the yolks, mash them with may­on­naise, curry pow­der and a touch of mango chut­ney, then put back in—sen­sa­tional!

Baby to­ma­toes

I buy these from the Isle of Wight stall at Queen’s Park Farm­ers’ Mar­ket and from Na­toora on Ocado (www.ocado.com), but you can also find them through Far­m­drop, the amaz­ing on­line farmer’s mar­ket (www.far­m­drop.com). The flavours are streets ahead of any­thing you usu­ally find—lit­tle bursts of sweet­ness

Sourdough bread

Bread gets a bad rap, but sourdough is slow-rise, fer­mented dough—gen­tle on the stom­ach and per­fect for good gut health. It’s worth ev­ery penny

Poached lan­goustines from Mull

Won­der­ful pic­nic food. I would make some may­on­naise to ac­com­pany them, prob­a­bly chipo­tle as it goes so well with seafood

Crisp white wine

I’m pre­sum­ing it will be sunny, if we are out­doors

Fizzy wa­ter

And plenty of it, to quench one’s thirst

Choco­late and rasp­ber­ries

The per­fect com­bi­na­tion for pud­ding. Choco­late and rasp­ber­ries make ev­ery­thing bet­ter

‘Home Cook’ by Thomasina Miers is out now (Guardian Faber, £25)

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