Summer in Bermuda is all about enjoying the outdoors, our beautiful beaches and getting on the water as often as possible. So whether you are planning a day of boating at the dinghy races, a South Shore gathering with the family of a day at the beach with the kids, packing the perfect picnic takes skill. We asked author, chef and general foodies Judith Wadson to give us guidance on four perfect picnics for any occasion this summer in Bermuda.
The Dinner Picnic
This is a do-ahead meal that can be wrapped and refrigerated hours before it’s time to pack it in the cooler. Change into comfortable clothes and head to your favourite place to relax, or hop on the ferry in Hamilton and take a round trip to the West or East End. You will take in views that visitors from all over the world come to enjoy.
Don’t feel like cooking? Head to Miles Market for cooked-to-perfection beef tenderloin and The Supermart on Front Street, where the mega salad bar can easily complete this part of the feast. Desserts are stellar in both stores.
Cold Curried Eggplant Soup
Walnut Orange Cake
Cold Curried Eggplant Soup – Serves 6
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 Bermuda onion, chopped
2 tsp. curry powder
1 large eggplant, peeled, cut into ½-inch cubes
4 cups chicken broth
1 lemon slice
½ cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
Salt and ground white pepper, to taste
In soup pot over medium heat, warm oil. Add onion and cook until softened, stirring occasionally. Add curry, reduce heat to low and stir for several minutes. Add eggplant, broth and lemon slice. Increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer about 30 minutes. Remove lemon slice before pureeing in food processor. Transfer to bowl and cool completely. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Cover, refrigerate overnight. Transfer to chilled thermos.