The Ultimate Isle of Man Picnic Guide


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Delicious food and beautiful views of the Isle of Man; Two of Gef’s favourite things.Spring has sprung, so it’s time to get outside for as many meals as possible and enjoy our beautiful Island (watch out for pesky seagulls though, they are vicious).We asked Baby Toddler Foods to send us some packed lunch ideas and her favourite picnic spots across the island.

Favourite Picnic Spots

Port Erin Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches on the island, these pictures are from the summer. My girls love the water, we’ll need to wait for it to warm up a little more before we brave the Irish sea.Port Erin Beach

Laxey Beach

I love Laxey, it’s a beautiful spot and it’s a handy short drive from Douglas. We go A LOT, especially since the Shed opened as it means we can grab a lovely juice or coffee to have with our picnic.Laxey beach

Mooragh Park

My girls absolutely love the Mooragh park, it’s packed full of brilliant free activities and we can happily spend a few hours having fun.Mooragh Park

Wildlife Park

We have an annual pass for the park which is great value, there are some fabulous picnic spots and the play areas are also brilliant.Wildlife Park

Point of Ayre

Our go-to spot when we’re feeling adventurous, we love the lighthouse.Point of Ayre

Favourite Picnic Foods

Pizza Pockets

Who doesn’t love pizza? But without lovely Manx weather, you can never be too sure that your picnic doesn’t turn into a car picnic! Traditional pizza, cars and kids can make a right bloody mess so why not make some easy peasy pizza pockets?Pizza PocketsIngredients

  • Croissant dough (Jus-Rol make them, got these ones in Tesco)
  • Tomato puree
  • IoM Creamery Cheese
  • Ham

Instructions

  • Roll out the 6 portions of dough
  • Along the top of 3 add tomato purée , IOM creamery cheese and a roll of ham and on the other 3 tomato purée, vegan mozzarella and sweetcorn
  • Roll them up into traditional croissant shapes and top the ham ones with cheese (so you know which are which when cooked)
  • Bake at 220c for 12 minutes or until brown
  • These are really nice still warm and still tasty, soft and cheesy when cooled – yum!!

 Accidentally vegan pesto scrolls

Accidentally vegan pesto scrollsVegan Pesto Ingredients

  • 70g basil
  • 1 heaped tsp garlic purée (or 3 minced garlic cloves)
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 40g pine nuts
  • 40g cashews
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Throw all ingredients into a food processor and whizz until smooth
  • Brush the pesto over a ready made square of puff pastry (jus roll brand is accidentally vegan) and roll into a tube
  • Cut into 12 portions and place even width apart on a baking tray lined with paper
  • Bake at 220 c for 12 minutes

Vegan Prato with pasta

Vegan Prato with pastaIngredients

  • 70g basil
  • 1 heaped tsp garlic purée (or 3 minced garlic cloves)
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 40g pine nuts
  • 40g cashews
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Throw all ingredients into a food processor and whizz until smooth
  • Mix into cooked pasta and put separate portions into old glass jars. Use gluten free pasta to make it gluten free and vegan

Smoked paprika hummus

Smoked paprika hummusIngredients

  • 1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas
  • 1 clove of garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic purée
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Pinch salt
  • Ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Add all Ingredients to a food processor and blitz until smooth, scrape down and chickpeas and add a little water to smooth out if required
  • Serve with sliced veggies and pita bread
  • Reuse old glass jars to reduce your plastic useage

Enjoy your picnic with the nicest Manx views and best homemade nibbles!

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