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The Perfect Bike Picnic for a Summer’s Day

A bike excursion combined with a home-made picnic in the countryside - that’s how to enjoy the summer with all your senses. You can experience happy bird chirps and the first warm rays of sunshine best from the saddle, and then invigorate yourself in a flower meadow in the park or in the middle of nature in the suburbs. So what goes in the picnic - or rather bike basket? And how can you transport everything safely? Find here recipes for tasty dishes for your bike picnic and practical tips for safely transporting them en route.

David Zotter
Writing about, fine-tuning, traveling with and living of the bicycle. Most of the time I am doing this in my hometown Graz. And if it's for once not about the bike, I can be found at the university or on tour with my little son, well on the cargo bike.
Image © David Zotter

The Juicy Recommendation for Your Bike Picnic

Bicycle wheels” out of puff pastry with mouth-watering fillings: This is quick and easy to prepare, tastes fantastic and goes with the theme of a bike picnic. Mix a cup of crème fraîche with a handful of black and green olives, finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes and a grated cheese. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper as well as fresh spring herbs. The sauce is spread evenly over the rolled out puff pastry and carefully rolled up. With a knife cut 1-2 cm thick slices out of the puff pastry rolls. Now the individual “bicycle wheels” are placed on a baking tray and are baked in the oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.

The Sweet Treat

The picnic is sweetened with bicycle cookies. These are also quick to prepare and stand out. For the bicycle cookies you will need a bicycle cookie cutter. For the dough, mix 250g of white whole wheat flour, 125g of butter, 75g of raw cane sugar, 2 eggs, a teaspoon of rum and a knife point of cinnamon and ground cloves. Leave the finished dough to rest in the fridge for half an hour, then roll out thinly on a floured surface and cut out the cookies. Finally bake them in the oven at 210 degrees until golden brown. These tasty cookies can be topped with jam.

The Right Wine

The right wine transforms a meal in the countryside next to your bicycles into a small feast. The “bike sommelier” recommends the extremely fine Gewürztraminer [fragrant white wine] by Cycle from Bulgaria. Alongside the excellent wine, the bottle’s label especially adds to the ambience.

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The Simplest Means of Transport

It is safest to pack the prepared dishes in tins, which you should line with kitchen roll. You can ride over every bumpy ways without having to care if the picnic basket will arrive well. It’s all additionally wrapped in a picnic blanket and stowed in the bike basket or in the luggage rack bags. Knife and fork can stay at home, as the dishes are finger food. Substitute glasses for plastic cups and the wine bottle (not forgetting the bottle opener) is either carefully wrapped in the blanket or secured to the crossbar with a wine bottle holder. Ride safe and enjoy your bike picnic!

 

David Zotter
Writing about, fine-tuning, traveling with and living of the bicycle. Most of the time I am doing this in my hometown Graz. And if it's for once not about the bike, I can be found at the university or on tour with my little son, well on the cargo bike.

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