Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day to commemorate the fallen soldiers who died while serving in America’s wars. Every occasion, no matter how solemn, has an accompanying food so I googled Memorial Day to see what is typical of this day. The common theme I came across: picnic.
Traditionally people visit cemeteries and memorials on this day. Some families have been reported to visit the graves of their loved ones, place flowers on the site and then dine on the ground. Sounds like a picnic to me.
Today’s Meatless Monday looks at dining on the ground vegetarian/vegan style.
A meat-free diet lends itself well to picnic food. Animal flesh, eggs and dairy can easily spoil and require great care when transporting from the kitchen counter to the picnic table. This time of year farmers’ markets are underway, so you can stock up on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Easy to peel fruit and chopped raw vegetables in a salad are quick to prepare. Save the dressing until you are settled in your picnic spot. Soggy salad is not appetizing.
Make sure to use an appropriate cooler bag to carry your produce and have some biodegradable/reusable napkins, plates and cutlery on hand. Get festive and choose a theme that will help you plan and arrange the food. For Memorial Day, go for red, white and blue foods (e.g. strawberries, nut milk, blueberries).
As much as people love a good picnic, so do ants. Put a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil in a small spray bottle with some water and spritz the edges of your picnic blanket. Ants don’t like mint.
Happy Memorial Day to all those who recognize.