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Monday, 25 August 2014

Bank Holiday BBQ Picnic - #SayYestoSummer

August bank holiday weekend used to be one of the hottest weekends of the year. I can't remember the last time we had a really hot (or even dry) August bank holiday weekend, but as it's the British tradition to picnic and barbecue on this weekend we did just that.

Off we went to Cannock Chase (again) as it's our new favourite place to be. We packed a bbq (although I'm not sure if a bbq is allowed in the forest, but we were very very careful),  picnic, bottle of wine (goes without saying really) and our den kit.

Bank Holiday BBQ Picnic - #SayYestoSummer

Whilst the bbq was warming up we played football, hide and seek and climbed trees.


Bank Holiday BBQ Picnic - #SayYestoSummer Bank Holiday BBQ Picnic - #SayYestoSummer

We then enjoyed bbq pork loin steaks, cheese scones, home made coleslaw, cheese & tomato skewers, chips (from the local Wimpy), followed by lemon & courgette cupcakes.


As the picnic was all part of our #SayYestoSummer challenge by Lactofree there were plenty of Lactofree goodies included in the picnic. We had cheese scones and cheese & tomato skewers made with the amazing tasting Lactofree mature cheddar, which is as good as or better than my current mature cheddar, and lemon and courgette cupcakes, made using the buttery tasting Lactofree spread, which, just like the cheese, I absolutely love.

Bank Holiday BBQ Picnic - #SayYestoSummer Bank Holiday BBQ Picnic - #SayYestoSummer Bank Holiday BBQ Picnic - #SayYestoSummer

We stayed and watched the sun setting whilst eating ice creams from the ice cream van and playing football on the common. Despite the chill in the air we had a great family evening out. This is what bank holidays are all about.

Bank Holiday BBQ Picnic - #SayYestoSummer

Cheese Scones

210g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g Lactofree spread (cold)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp English mustard
120g Lactofree mature cheddar, cheddar
170ml Lactofree skimmed milk

  • Mix the flour and baking powder together in a large bowl
  • Rub the spread in carefully with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs
  • Stir in the cayenne pepper, mustard and cheese (reserving some of the cheese to top the scones)
  • Add enough milk to the dry ingredients and mix until it starts to come together
  • Squeeze together with your hands and roll out on a floured surface until approx 1.5cm thick
  • Using a round cutter, cut scones out and place on a greased baking sheet
  • Continue to cut scones out until the dough has been used up, re-rolling as necessary
  • Top the scones with the remaining grated cheese
  • Set aside whilst the oven preheats to 180C
  • Bake for approx 12-15 minutes
  • Serve warm or cold


Cheese Scones cheese scones

Lemon & Courgette Cupcakes - makes 10
115g Lactofree spread
115g caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
juice & zest of 1 lemon
1/2 courgette, grated (75g)
115g self raising flour
50g caster sugar

  • Beat the spread and 115g caster sugar until light & creamy
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time
  • Beat in half of the lemon juice and all the zest, along with the grated courgette
  • Fold in the flour
  • Divide batter between 10 muffin cases in a muffin pan
  • Bake in a preheated oven for approx 15 minutes until lightly golden
  • Mix the remaining lemon juice with 50g caster sugar and spoon over the warm cakes
  • Cool on a wire rack

Lemon & Courgette Cupcakes Lemon & Courgette Cupcakes

I'm working together with Lactofree to provide inspiration and recipes over the summer.

2 comments:

  1. Lovely to see summer tradition being upheld, those wonderful lemon and courgette muffins look like they caste some sunshine on the day x

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  2. Love this, looks like you guys had a fab time despite the grey sky x

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