Holidaying in Scotland can be unpredictable so when me and my friend Grainne finally booked the trip on the Harry Potter Train (otherwise known as the Jacobite Train) that we’d been planning since university, I decided not to leave things to chance and ordered a spectacular picnic lunch from the lovely Wendy at Inside Out Chef.
From the off, Wendy knew exactly what I was after: nothing short of a banquet in picnic form! Given the news that one of the diners was pescetarian, one didn’t like sponge cakes and everyone loved cheese, Wendy came up with the menu below. She even lent us a coolbox which we could plug into the car to keep everything cool on our journey to Fort William and an impressively pristine vintage picnic set to use if the weather allowed.
Harry potter train picnic Menu
Tuna, carrot and balsamic vinegar sandwiches
Red onion tart
Cheese platter with 4 different Scottish cheeses, crackers, homemade banana chutney and fruit
Cheese and dill scones
Strawberry crumb cakes
Strawberries with chocolate dip
Unfortunately in the haze of rain and excitement, I forgot to take photos of the delights of the picnic but I can assure you that Wendy had thought of everything: knives for the scones, forks for the strawberries and chocolate, napkins, printed menus, tea and coffee, labels on everything… If I had prepared the picnic, we’d have been lucky to get enough food for everyone, nevermind cutlery and napkins!
If only we could dine like this every day!
A huge thank you to Wendy for preparing our picnic. It made all the difference to a dull and dreich day in Fort William!
Wendy also provides afternoon teas, freezer fills and luxury hampers. For more information check out her website www.insideoutchef.com.