Tom Ker­ridge My Rugby in­ter­na­tional Pic­nic

Country Life Every Week - - Opinion -

I’m a big fan of cold meats and cheese, so pic­nics are sim­ply an­other rea­son to be eat­ing them. Whether it’s hang­ing out in a farmer’s field or sit­ting around watch­ing a match, a pic­nic is a great ex­cuse to bond with fam­ily and friends. Just be­ing out­doors and eat­ing good food is a won­der­ful way to spend a summer’s day

Pork pie

Fill­ing and meaty; ar­guably the best cold snack in the world

Pick­led onions

Specif­i­cally, the big ones in a strong vine­gar, so you can take bites out of them like an ap­ple

Sausage roll

If you can find one made with rare-breed pork, the flavour is so much bet­ter than stan­dard sausage meat

Se­lec­tion of char­cu­terie

Great cold hams, sliced salamis and some spicy chori­zos are a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to any pic­nic

Strong Ched­dar

A big lump is great as you can cut wedges off it. If the weather is warm, the cheese isn’t too sweaty and it doesn’t leak ev­ery­where like a soft cheese might. Per­fect for out­door eat­ing

Coleslaw

Strong, white cab­bage-led coleslaw adds a nice crunch and works as a salad with­out hav­ing to worry that it’s too warm. Also, as it has may­on­naise, it can act as a dress­ing

Pick­led green chill­ies

I could eat a whole jar of these—that spice gives a real kick to any­thing you’re eat­ing, work­ing nicely with both the cheese and the meat

Jar of English mus­tard

Great for spread­ing on both the sausage rolls and the pork pies

Ap­ples and grapes

A lovely pud­ding al­ter­na­tive and you don’t have to worry about keep­ing them in the fridge. The fruit also works re­ally well with the cheese

Diet ginger beer

My go-to drink

‘Dopamine Diet’ by Tom Ker­ridge is out now (Blooms­bury, £26)

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