The Lazy Vegan Guide to a Lockdown Picnic
From Monday 20 September 2021, if fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space of up to 5 people for exercise or outdoor recreation.
IT’S SPRING. I’m vaccinated, you’re vaccinated. The picnic basket that was abandoned in the shed 5 years prior, dusted off and pressure washed, is now good as new. We’re ready, babe. It’s picnic time.
But wait! You gesture to the basket, then to me in my super cute spring sundress get-up. “There’s nothing in the basket,” you say. “You didn’t make anything.”
You silly goose. “One does not cook for a picnic,” I roll my eyes, not unkindly. “One stops at Woolies on the way to said picnic.”
In other words, here is our ultimate lazy vegan guide to a lockdown picnic. No prep, no utensils, no worries. Enjoy!
1. Picnic-friendly fruit
Ah, nature’s candy. The trick to choosing picnic-friendly fruit is to determine which are the easiest to share and consume without mess. Pineapple? Delicious. But I’m NOT spending 20 minutes cutting up that prickly b*st*rd only for its juices to ruin my fit. Instead, I’m opting for:
If you’re feeling fancy$$, chuck in some blackberries and raspberries.
Okay, holy grail dip. Garlic + hommus, say no more.
3. Dip-friendly veggies
Choosing dip-friendly veggies is the same concept as picnic-friendly fruit. No prep, please. That’s why we’ve got:
- Qukes (baby cucumbers)
- Baby carrots
THIS IS THE BEST POPCORN EVER. No hyperbole intended!!! Perfectly sweet, perfectly salty, undeniably moreish. Warning: you may demolish the bag before even arriving at destination.
Does anyone else feel kind of ~healthy~ eating these??? Like obviously it’s still just as processed as other chips, but the fact that it’s always placed in the “health” aisle of Woolies/ Coles makes me feel like it’s healthier. A total moot point in the context of this shopping trip, but hey.
A picnic without cheese? Jail. For accessible vegan cheese, you can’t go wrong with these Bio Cheese Cheddar Slices. The fact that they’re pre-sliced is an added bonus for the purpose of this guide.