There’s a lot from the last year that I am ready to toss to the wayside: Zoom birthday parties? No thanks. Remote learning? Never again—please! My house slippers? I’m planning a bonfire. One of the few things I’m keeping? Picnic dinners. While I am delighted to be patronizing our favourite taco spot and dosa shop again, I’m definitely not giving up the casual outdoor meal tradition my family came to discover—and love.
Last spring, when the weather turned warm enough to eat outside (or to be honest, while it was still a tad too cool), my husband, my son, and I started packing up meals to eat outdoors. It was a way to escape the confines of our relatively small home and also a necessity on days when we’d planned a hike or beach trip and we couldn’t pop into a restaurant. Al fresco lunches had always been a part of our routine—and frankly, expected—but picnic dinners were new—and they were a revelation.