j0178090Everyone loves to go on a picnic, and there are lots of picnic spots in and near Boquete. There are vistas everywhere, some overlook the sea, some provide panoramas of the town, and some may be in lush clearings along the many trails in the jungle.

Your picnic lunch can be as posh as you like, use your imagination to put together foods that will be a treat to the eyes as well as a treat to your palate.  Bring along a small tablecloth, and include colorful hard-plastic plates, forks and glasses or cups.  Cloth napkins would add a special flare.

A picnic basket similar to mine would be perfect.  In Boquete, open baskets are readily available, they are used in coffee picking and are just the right size for a picnic.  Pack it up and tuck in your folded tablecloth around the top.

If you don’t have hard-plastic dinnerware, look for them at local stores in Boquete.  Romero’s, Mandarin and Bruna have excellent choices available and they sell them by the piece.

Anytime you want to go on a picnic, think of 3 types of food to bring and how you will pack each dish.  Begin with an appetizer and bread, keep it simple and fresh.  Then, the main course can be prepared easily the evening before your picnic and lastly, a nice dessert and any type of drink you’d like.  A bottle of wine or water would compliment any picnic lunch.  A box of light pear nectar would be a surprise in any picnic basket.  Keep your menu as simple as 1, 2, 3.

j04385871. Appetizer - Caprese Salad packed in a plastic container the night before.  Layer alternating slices of  tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves in the container, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and refrigerate.  A sliced loaf of crusty bread makes a perfect partner for any picnic.

2. Main course - Poached Salmon with Spicy Peanut Sauce and lime quarters.  Cut salmon into serving size pieces and poach in white wine the evening before your picnic.  Pack in a plastic container and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning, top with quartered limes.  Bring along a small container of  Spicy Peanut Sauce made in the same container you’ll pack.  Blend 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter with1 tablespoon each of soy sauce, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, and wine vinegar.  Add a clove of minced garlic, fresh chopped cilantro, and hot sauce to taste.

3. Dessert - Honeyed Grapes - Combine 2 teaspoons lime juice and 2 tablespoons each honey and brandy and stir until blended.  Pour over 2 cups seedless grapes in a plastic container and refrigerate overnight.  Bring along a small container of sour cream, if you like.

Your gourmet picnic lunch is ready to go.  In the morning, fill your basket with ready-made Caprese Salad, Chilled Salmon with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Honeyed Grapes with sour cream, bread and drink and you’re ready to go on your gourmet picnic.  Your basket will be fitted with only 5 containers, a loaf of crusty bread and a drink, how easy and how devine!   honeygrapes