It was an absolute delight to meet Claire Thomson, the author of new family cookbook 5 O'Clock Apron and Lia Leendertz, amazing gardening writer last week, with fellow bloggers and friends, Cath of Bristol Parenting Cafe and Laura of Circle of Pines.
We ventured to the heart of one of the south west's biggest ancient woodlands on one of the hottest days of the year, where we found a hidden glade known only to the silver washed fritillary butterflies that flitted in abundance in the sunshine.
Claire had kindly offered to cater for the picnic and brought with her freshly baked foccacia, smoked mackerel, bean and sour cream salad that she decorated with courgette flowers, salad and to finish an apricot, rose and yoghurt cake. Lia also brought with her some homemade cheese and gravadlax, the spoils from a photo shoot the day before and a feast was soon laid out for us to enjoy.
It was an absolutely delicious feast and was as if Claire's recipes had just jumped off the pages of her new book!
I took with me some Bottlegreen Cotswold lemonade with mint and strawberry cordial to try out the Strawberry Tennis Cocktail, I used some borage flowers and mint leaves to garnish it.
You can buy a copy of 5 O'clock Apron by Claire Thomson on Amazon for £12.99.