There’s nothing much better than a tasty picnic lunch enjoyed in the midst of a beautiful summer’s day. However, ready-made sandwiches, boiled eggs and soggy fruit are considered altogether passé in today’s world of fine dining and gastronomic delights. Chef Jeremie Tourdjman, of the top-class bistronomic RESTAURANT JEREMIE, in central Paris, advises using the freshest in-season ingredients you can find to put together a delicious picnic lunch.
Chef Jeremie’s motto is “eat a product when it’s at its best” and that applies to alfresco dining as well. According to him, culinary talent is nothing without top quality products. So keep this in mind when shopping for ingredients for your lunch.
Many restaurant-style meals can be adapted into picnic-friendly versions. For example, Chef Jeremie recommends his crispy vegetable tart, with artichokes and fresh cheese as a delicious and light picnic meal, which can easily be packed up into a picnic basket and eaten with your hands. Another picnic-perfect recipe is the appetising combo of Viande Des Grisons (a type of beef prosciutto speciality from the Alps) and Beaufort Cheese, accompanied by multi-coloured radishes. The Viande Des Grisons is also delicious served with crispy bread, melon or other fresh fruit.
For dessert, Chef Jeremie suggests a Brie de Meaux (cheese made in the town of Meaux, in the Brie region) with truffles.
For a well-rounded, Parisian-style picnic, accompany these delicious recipes with a fresh-from-the-bakery baguette, a few other cheeses, such as a Camembert or a Roquefort and charcuterie (cured meats).
Of course, don’t forget a good bottle of wine – a crisp and zesty white is the best companion to a fine picnic lunch, or if you’re feeling especially festive, splash out on Champagne.
When you tire of dining alfresco and long for a tablecloth and silverware, book a table at RESTAURANT JEREMIE in Paris, today.