When it comes to organizing PICNICS, “rumor” has it that some people pretend to be too busy to organize them and yet always agree to attend them when organized by others and as long as they don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting (carrying, transporting, delivering) and then they’ll bring a little something of course as a pretext for having contributed. As we’d say in my circle : “WHY ARE YOU BEING LIKE THAT ?!” So trry not to be “that” person anymore …
PICNIC CHOICES will need to be made soon. The coming weather seems to lend itself to it. I published a complex and in-depth “mediterranean picnic organization” post several years ago and you can see it here but here’s a simple option just for the breadsticks. It’s the same recipe but with 2 different methods providing 2 different results, but still the same recipe which is the only truly interesting thing about this post (despite that it’s delicious) and yet so useful, trust me. We’re going to be having a scorching weekend and week soon between 30°C and 39°C so we need to get ready and head outside !
Bread & baguettes & breadsticks or grissini are those things that relatively “normal & sane” people obviously just buy. Unfortunately, my preferred Italian DELICATESSEN grocery store closed down and their amazing hand-made “gressini” breadsticks will, from now on, be no where to be found, which means more work for me because I have to make my own now. And I mean real breadsticks that resemble dried and crispy bread and not just tubular, rod-like, crumbly crackers.
Everything is pretty straightforward here and I also use malt powder that adds that nutty cereal taste but if you don’t have any, no problem, maybe you can just add some toasted flour instead ?
Anyways, here are 2 versions of the recipe, because I made 2 batches and tested out 2 different baking methods. One for crispier, thinner breadsticks that crack in two and thicker, softer, chewier versions, like like really mini baguettes, because you’ll need some bread with your cheeses and cold cuts for your picnic but maybe don’t feel like taking out a bread knife and a cutting board. You’ve already done so much, already, right ?
Anticipation through preparation and travelling light are “key” elements to picnic organization and ensuing enjoyment, when launching yourself in a shared meal that happens to be happening outside and far away from home.
Like I said, same recipe but different instructions, depending on your needs. VERY, TRULY, GENUINELY PRACTICAL indeed, my friends.
Make them, organize a picnic soon, invite everyone and that way you’ll stop being “THAT GUY/GAL" who doesn't do much !
Luv ya (maybe) cuz that’s up to you . . . ;)