Spring has got to be the most romantic season of the year. The smells and blossoms out in the garden, the warm, but not too hot weather and the joy at finally being able to go outside

Spending time enjoying the company of the one you love with a springtime picnic is one of the best things to do this weekend.

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Why picnics make the perfect date

Movies, restaurant dates and activities like skating and cycling make great dates too, but picnics come out heads and shoulders above all of them because they minimise all the distraction and give your chemistry the room to fire up or fizzle out. 

Pick a tranquil spot and connect with your date through face to face conversation (which we really get too little of), simple games like board games and cards and good food. 

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A platter allows you to pick at the food and graze while you talk and enjoy your food just as much as you enjoy each other’s company.

Related: Spring picnic tips

Make your picnic blanket a no-phone zone

One of the biggest distractions in our lives is our phones, they’re always on hand and bring the whole world to our fingertips. When you’re trying to focus your attention on one special person, having the whole world at your picnic is the last thing you need.

A few hours in a no-phone zone could be just what you need to ignite a spark.

Artisan’s Platter – Baked Camembert with Sticky Onion Jam Recipe

Cookbook author and TV cook Sara Graham in collaboration with Brutal Fruit shared this recipe for a  beautiful platter overflowing with indulgent, delicious treats that offer something for everyone.

A Mediterranean-inspired feast that includes oven-baked Camembert, fresh bread, charcuterie, olives, homemade sticky onion jam and lots more, perfect for enjoying alongside a lovely glass of Brutal Fruit ruby apple.

Ingredients 

  • For the Jam
  • 3 medium red onions, diced
  • 2 Tbsp butter + 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 x whole round Camembert wrapped in baking paper

How to

  • Pre-heat oven to 200C
  • Heat the butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat
  • Add in the remaining ingredients
  • Reduce the heat to low
  • Leave the onions to cook until sticky and golden and caramelised for about 20-30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, bake the Camembert in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until soft in the middle

To Serve

Additional elements of your preference such as fresh bread, charcuterie, olives, and fresh fruits.