all those great summer picnic specials - Kentucky Fried Chicken and fries, souvlaki and Greek salad, hot dogs with sauerkraut and fried onions, mustard and ketchup. Ice cream from the Basken Robbins with 42 different flavors or soft serve from Dairy Queen. A burger and a strawberry milkshake from Fat Burger. Fish and chips from Lumberman's Arch.
As you can see, all my favorite summer foods are ones you pick up at the takeout place so, although I have recipes for some summer foods, I'm definitely a picnic fan and a picnic is no fun if you have to work too much to get ready.
I picnic on the beach fairly regularly in the spring, summer and fall and, lucky for me, in Vancouver there are dozens of great fast food places within a five minute walk of the beach. That means your food doesn't get cold before you get it down to the blanket.
But I do have one summer recipe you might enjoy - and it's easy.
Kate's Gin and Tonic
Start with ice, plenty of it.
Add the ice to a heavy crystal glass.
Add one slice of lime, lightly squeezed, to the ice.
Take two ounces of Bombay Sapphire Gin - not substitutes allowed - and pour it over the ice and lime.
Add Schweppes tonic as required.
Sip slowly. Think of summer.