:: SUNDAY SUMMER PICNIC!

July 15, 2008 at 6:49 am 5 comments

Although the Irish summer hasn’t really been good to us so far- it does provide the odd worthwhile day of sunshine, when untanned arms and legs get out for the day and prove, they too can work a pair of shorts and a t-shirt!  Yesterday was one of those days, and instead of missing the opportunity we jumped in head first to summer.  We even kidnapped a dog!
Well almost, James, his owner was down at the Oxegen festival so we took pity on him and brought him with us.  Sofie and I were joined by Michael and Senan on our little road trip which ended up at the hill of Tara.  Now being the Swedish viking, my girlfriend is, she was highly unimpressed when we showed her the magic of one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions, a hill of mud.  But she did set herself up for disappointment as we walked towards the hill, when she claimed she hadn’t been that impressed with the Colosseum in Rome!   I’m sorry to say that there is something fairly reminiscent to the hill of Tara and an episode of “Father Ted” when they all go to a funfair in “The Field” the whole place is even watched over by a flock of sheep…
For the picnic itself, I finally got to use my handy dandy food picnic carrying thing, which was one of the presents I got for my birthday.  It was my mom’s interpretation of the bento box I posted about back in Febuary, but the containers are way too big for just one person, so it’s ideal for feeding about 4 people.
And after all that food what better activity to enjoy on a picnic than a spot of Kite Flying.  Well the enjoyment only came after a long process of trying to get the bloody thing in the air, but when we finally got it up, it was great craic.
As for the food, I made some really quick and easy Mexican Quesadilla’s (recipe below), tagliatelle with homemade tomato and basil sauce and the one desert recipe I can always put my faith in, Goeey Chocolate Puddings.

These Mexican Quesadilla’s are not that healthy but they are a perfect party or snack food and even a simple little starter.  You can spruce them up with whatever you like, a bit of chicken, sliced peppers but this is just the straight forward way of making them:

Mexican Quesidilla’s
  1. 6 Wholemeal Flour Tortilla Wraps.
  2. 130g of Red Cheddar Cheese (Or enough to cover).
  3. 6 Tbsp of Homemade Spicy Salsa Sauce (Store bought works just fine here too).
  4. 1 Red Onion Sliced thinly.
This recipe is basically all preperation.  Spread 3 of the tortilla wrap’s with the salsa sauce, scatter the red onions and sprinkle the cheese.  Cover them up with the other 3 tortilla wraps and heat a large frying pan. If you have a non stick pan you don’t even need oil, if not add a drop of vegetable oil.  Each Quesidilla will take about 2-3 minutes either side on a medium to high heat. 
Serve straight away or save for later, either way they still taste great!
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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Deborah  |  July 15, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Sounds heavenly. I love the tiffenwalla thing… so cool and colourful. Thanks for the heads up on the hill of Tara, am guessing the American husband would probably feel the same way! ๐Ÿ™‚As for Fr. Ted we went to a “vintage day” in Mayo a few weeks ago and I swear they had the swinging cat of death and everything! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • 2. The Mood Food Blog  |  July 15, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Hey Deb,Though I have to say the surrounding area is so nice and it would be worth it for a walk. Dylan the dog loved it!Just when you think Ireland is moving forward and you get a hill of mud and a swinging cat of death- There is something nice and quaint about it though!

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  • 3. Sarah at TasteSpotting  |  July 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    uh, okay. duh. your submission to TA from this post is in the queue! that’ll teach me to comment before i think!

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  • 4. The Mood Food Blog  |  July 16, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Hey Sarah!Yup I’m one step ahead of ya! ๐Ÿ™‚ The new site looks great love the new redesign- One comment though- is there any way you could change it so that when you submit a picture you can have the option to see it as the final polaroid before submitting it rather than having to start over. I like to look at it from a few different angles but every time I do I have to restart the process.But the new layout looks great so well done! ๐Ÿ™‚Donal x

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  • 5. Lyndsay  |  July 27, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    I MUST know where your mother got that lovely, oversized bento! I’d love to have one!

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