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Foodie Friday: Celebrate long summer days with our picnic recipes

PUBLISHED: 14:09 27 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:09 27 June 2013

Summer picnic

Summer picnic

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Today is officially the first day of summer, and the Great British Chefs have provided three mouth-watering picnic treats for you to try.

The three recipes brought to you this week are Paul Foster’s Pork pie with Stilton salad, Robert Thompson’s Buffalo mozzarella with peas, broad beans, mint, lemon and olive oil, and Matthew Tomkinson’s Yoghurt and vanilla Eton mess to finish.

The picnic is synonymous with summer, and has been since 1692, when it is believed the first use of the phrase “pique-nique” was traced back to France. In 1748, the word picnic appeared in an English letter to Lord Chesterfield, who associated it with drinking, card-playing and making conversation.

Over the centuries the picnic has been seen as an opportunity for families to gather, for couples to have a quiet meal on a hot summers’ day, or for the community to come together, catch up or raise money.

Click on the links at the top right of the page to view each recipe.

Check back every Friday to see what culinary delights the Great British Chefs suggest next.

Are you going to attempt any of the recipes from today? We would love to see your photos and videos, so please send them to us via iWitness.

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