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What to pack in your Valentine's Day picnic basket

Take your special someone to the outdoors this Valentine’s Day with a picnic in your favourite romantic spot. Beach, hilltop or backyard, we’ve got all the recipes you’ll need to plan an al fresco feast worthy of any rom-com.

From barbecue prawns with avocado salsa to our delicious combination of s'mores and rocky road, save on an expensive restaurant reservation with our relaxed menu of finger food. All you need is a cosy picnic blanket and a basket full of goodies, because everyone knows the way to the heart is through the stomach!
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    Summer fruit punch

    Whether you're looking for a cool refreshment at the beach, or the perfect tipple for a summer party, this recipe is it. Keep it alcoholic or swap the bubbles for soda water, depending on your mood.


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    Easy cheesy bread

    If you’re wary about making bread because of the time required to rise the dough, try this non-yeasted bread. It’s quick and easy to throw together, and tastes delicious with a generous layer of berry jam.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Spiced mixed nuts with paprika and honey

    Nici Wickes' spiced nuts recipe creates such a scrumptious snack that's perfect for sharing. These oh-so-moreish treats are savoury yet sweet and can easily whipped up in less than an hour.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Favourite picnic hand pies

    Filled with silverbeet and cheese, and served with a tasty chutney or relish, these little pies are a family favourite. Have fun whipping up a batch for a picnic or a hunger-busting afternoon tea.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Sushi cones

    Have some fun assembling these delicious sushi cones by Good Food. A few drops of your favourite soy sauce, some sliced pickled ginger and just a touch of wasabi and you're good to go.

    Good Food|

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    Tomato and herb tart

    Make use of your garden's fresh tomatoes and whip up this stunning pastry tart. It's fantastic as a tasty picnic plate or a light dinner, and flavoured to perfection with fresh oregano and thyme.


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    Herby drumsticks

    Chicken drumsticks have never tasted better than they do lathered in these incredible Nici Wickes marinades. Go Moroccan-style or opt for a zingy and herby alternative - or why not give both a try?

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Rare-beef sliders with caramel onions

    Feed a hungry crowd with these mouth-wateringly good rare-beef sliders with caramel onions. Ready in just 35 minutes, these sliders are packed with filling treats and delicious flavours.


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    Roasted vege and feta sandwiches

    These sandwiches are a delicious way to turn your roast vegetables into a proper meal - with some secret goodies! After trying these stuffed Italian-style loaves, you'll never want to go back to normal sandwich bread.


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    Berry and chunky chocolate slice

    Not too sweet but super fudgy, this slice is like a flour-free brownie except that it’s packed with nut protein for goodness! All the berries and bits of chocolate make this an irresistible treat.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Gluten-free coconut citrus slice

    This lovely citrus slice is just perfect as a sweet picnic snack, or served as dessert with plain yoghurt and a drizzle of honey. It's gluten-free too - so everyone can enjoy the goodness!


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    S'mores rocky road

    Combine your favourite chocolate delicacies in this s'mores rocky road recipe, which is so addictive you won't be able to stop! With the crunch of biscuits and the softness of marshmallows, it's simply scrumptious.


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    Strawberries with chocolate cream dip

    These tiny little tempters are just made to be shared! There's nothing quite like the combo of strawberries and chocolate, and this recipe brings in a dash of cream to make it even more irresistible.

    Woman's Day|