On Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, food blogger and author, Indy Power, was determined to convince the presenter and his listeners that picnics are a Summer essential.
Depending on your point of view, that old summer ritual, the picnic, is either a great celebration of the glorious outdoors, where we can chill, maybe raise a glass of bubbly to the unpredictable elements, and embrace the freshness and vibrancy of alfresco dining.
Or, on the other hand, it’s a recipe for self-inflicted misery. Warm drinks, equally warm salads, the constant, looming threat of showers, and the possibility that insects and midges of all kinds will enjoy your food more than you will.
On Today with Sean O’Rourke, food blogger and author, Indy Power, was determined to convince the presenter and his listeners that picnics were very much the former.
And not only should we embrace the ritual, but we should celebrate the fact that Ireland is just about the perfect place for summer alfresco dining on your picnic rug of choice.
"I think we actually have the perfect environment for picnics because we have such gorgeous walks and such nice scenery. It’s a great excuse to get out and do something different."
And for the cynics, who think it’s just too much hard work?
"People over-think it a bit. All of my recipes are about keeping it simple. With a picnic, it’s the same as any meal: keep it simple. Use fresh ingredients, it’s going to be great."
Indy’s interview is worth listening to if you want some tips on the culinary side of the picnic experience. Obviously, she can’t necessarily guarantee the weather. But it has to be said, between engaging Sean with a sample of her homemade rocky road, a little hummus on the side and her unique sesame coffee bliss balls, she certainly made a solid case for the joys of the Irish picnic.
To listen back to the interview in full, listen above.