Planning A Picnic and a President's Choice Giveaway

Jul 16, 2015

One thing on my summer bucket list that I haven't completed yet is to have a picnic. When planning a picnic, good food is essential and earlier this summer at the President's Choice Summer Getaway, I had the chance to learn a few delicious summer recipes from Andrea Bucket, Executive Sous Chef at George Weston Ltd. My favourite fruit are strawberries so I've been meaning to recreate this recipe:

grilled pc halloom with strawberries and basil

GRILLED PC® HALLOOM WITH STRAWBERRIES & BASIL

INGREDIENTS:
1 pkg     PC® Halloom Semi-Soft Unripened Cheese, sliced into 1⁄4 inch slices
3⁄4 cup   Sliced strawberries
4            Basil leaves, roughly chopped
1 tbsp    PC® Organics Pure Honey
1⁄4 tsp   Sea salt
1 tsp      Pepper

METHOD:
1. Preheat grill to medium high heat
2. Place Halloom cheese on grill and cook for about 3 minutes per side
3. In the meantime, stir together strawberries, basil, honey and pepper and set aside
4. Place grilled Halloom cheese on a serving platter and top with strawberries

When we prepared this at the getaway, I was surprised how well the sweetness of the strawberries and honey balanced the heartiness of the cheese. *Tip: here's an easy way to hull strawberries*. For a picnic, I'd pack these up in a mini mason jar (because who doesn't love mini things!) and give everyone their own individual serving. You'll need a few more elements to make the perfect picnic so here are my picnic essentials:

picnic essentials



To me, picnics are just as much about the ambience as they are about the food. I need to have a soft blanket and durable plates to go along with the salads, fruit, and sweets (like the PC® S'mores Dessert Cookies which would make a great late afternoon treat).

To make your al fresco dining a little earlier, I have a $50 President's Choice® Gift Card to giveaway! There's so many great products in store right now - like this (great as a dip) and this which you can use to add a bit of crunch to your salads - that you'll have that gift card spent in no time.

To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell me your favourite picnic must-have. Potato salad? Bubbly drinks? Watermelon?? Contest closes midnight July 20th. Open to Canadian residents excluding Quebec.

Good luck!

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UPDATE: And the winner of the $50 President's Choice Gift Card is... Danica! Congratulations!!

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