Monday, December 7, 2009

Picnic eats

No pics today due to lack of camera and forgetting to take the phone with the camera in it. We went to a picnic yesterday with a bunch of friends and everyone's kids. We went to Sherwood Forest Park at Sherwood here in Brisbane. It is a good park for groups, with a big covered table area, BBQ's and clean facilities. There are well shaded play areas within 10 metres of the covered tables on each side. There is a creek with ducks, but it is probably 150-200 metres from the play area, so it is easy to keep young children away from it.

We had a great time. The children had a ball climbing trees and playing on the playground. Though J feels he is getting a bit old for all of that, he was in the middle of it all, helping the younger children to climb and stay safe. It was a beautiful day.

I said yesterday that I would come back with an omni-friendliness review for the east coast coffee cake. I took it to the picnic yesterday, cut into small slice-like pieces. It went really well. Everyone had some and liked it. Many people had seconds.

I also took vegan snickerdoodles (from either How It All Vegan or La Dolce Vegan from memory), babaganouj with pita bread and spinach/Cheezely pastry. All were a hit with the omnis. In fact, my food was all gone, though there were still cake and shop bought biscuits left. The kids really loved the babaganouj and the spinach pastry. I have previously posted the babaganouj recipe. Here is the recipe for the spinach pastry:

Spinach and Cheese Picnic Pastry


3 squares frozen vegan puff pastry (I used Borgs)
1 packet frozen spinach (250g from memory)
1/2 log of Cheezely mozzarella (100g) or altenative vegan cheese
2 spring onions, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.
  2. Defrost puff pastry on a flat surface while making filling.
  3. Defrost spinach in microwave or over low heat on your stove top. Drain very well.
  4. Grate Cheezely.
  5. Mix spinach, cheese and chopped spring onion.
  6. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper. Put 1 and 1/2 pieces pastry on bottom of tray. Join any seams with a little water and press together well.
  7. Spread spinach mixture over pastry, leaving a 1 cm edge. It should give you a thin layer of filling.
  8. Cover with remaining pastry. Seal edges with a little water.
  9. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden.
  10. You can serve this hot now or allow to cool.
  11. Cut into squares/triangles of desired size.
I served this cold the next day. It was very popular, especially with the children, who mostly wanted seconds.

I use the same filling for pie, with only 2 pieces of pastry and a thiner filling.


  1. Recipe sounds delish. That is such an awesome park - last time I went we played soccer.... :)

  2. Shame you didn't get any pics but go you with the Omni's. Hey btw I am coming home to Bris for New Year and would love some advice on some great Veggie and Vegan restaurants :)

  3. What a lovely sounding day. :)