We decided to have a picnic in the garden; my husband came home early from the office, some friends are staying overnight and I don’t feel much like being in the kitchen on such a lovely spring afternoon; we really don’t need any other excuses. Our jasmine is just starting to flower and the smell is happiness indeed.

A fire, and sandwiches ready to go on the grill, pure bliss. A blanket on the lawn, Buena Vista on the stereo and Merlot in my glass; this is the good life.

Ham & Cheese
Chicken & Basil Pesto
Cheese, Tomato & Onion
Roasted Veg
Cheese & Tomato

Dessert is a fresh fruit salad and champagne ice-cream, made from the recipe I found on the Free Gourmet site:


36 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Ok, that does it. I am coming to visit. ;… Someday. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’d be very welcome 🙂

  2. leigh says:

    Evocative, sensual too.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hail the sexy toasted sarmie?

      1. leigh says:

        It’s sexy when it transports your soul into the fynbos 🙂

      2. theonlycin says:

        Or the beach … *yearn*

  3. buttercup600 says:

    Wow…I have not listened to their music in such a long time and when I read this….De camino a la vereda’s playing right now!!! Putting me in the mood for a Merlot too my friend. Looks awesome, my jasmine has not started yet….can’t wait…am so over winter!! Have a ching ching on me:) 🙂 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      This winter has been extremely harsh, I am so relieved it’s over.
      Will toast you with a Merlot at sunset, my dear friend!

      1. JustMe says:

        *whispers* They are predicting snow down South … don’t pack away your wind breaker just yet!

      2. theonlycin says:

        Oh dear 😦
        *makes note to buy some lamb for emergency curry*

      3. buttercup600 says:

        Bugger!!!! Grrrrrr xx

      4. theonlycin says:

        Any excuse for a curry buttercup 🙂

  4. Baglady says:

    I love the detail you put into that picnic.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Baglady 🙂

  5. souldipper says:

    Cin, is there any meal you do not enjoy preparing? You make even the simplest meal fun and so well presented. You truly amaze me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      No souldipper, I love to prepare meals 🙂

  6. that sounds just wonderful!

    1. theonlycin says:

      We need to cheese again soon?

  7. Tandy says:

    I miss the JNB jasmine!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’d trade it for the smell of the sea anyday 🙂

  8. adeeyoyo says:

    Lovely – and thanks for the Free Gourmet site address. Hadn’t heard of this one and I fancy the Icecream for when my brother comes out next – he’s always been very into champagne breakfasts, lol!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m not a huge fan of ice cream, but I enjoy this one.

  9. JustMe says:

    I am SO going to host a posh braai-broodtjie dinner this summer!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s nice because you can get everything done beforehand and then just relax 🙂

      1. JustMe says:

        *makes note to keep empty tins to be used as popcorn holders*

      2. theonlycin says:

        I love ‘salvage kitsch’ … once made a centrepiece with empty Coke bottles, each with a single rose 🙂

      3. JustMe says:

        *wonders if Bashews bottles HAVE to be returned*

      4. theonlycin says:

        JM, I have been trying to find Bashews FOREVER!

  10. Rosemary says:

    I am very impressed, you are a domestic goddess! Love the tags and all! Sounds like wonderful fun.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Rosemary *blush*

  11. nrhatch says:

    Sounds divine! : )

  12. slpmartin says:

    Sounds just lovely….and looks wonderful. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Simple is often best 🙂

  13. Jamie Dedes says:

    Lovely setting and lovely custom … eating outside with family and friends on a fine spring day.

    How was the ice cream? Sounds wonderful.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The ice cream is a winner 🙂

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