Traditional Pique-Nique Français

So this Sunday (June 8th) is our second year anniversary (mabrook to us). My dear sweet husband has been plotting on the perfect romantic place to take me for dinner. Fortunately, after I pondered on this idea for awhile my reality kicked in. Hello, I have a ten month old baby who is tremendously fussy and causes a scene at every restaurant we go to. So the thought of going to a nice romantic place terrifies me. After much thought I decided that a classic French picnic would be just perfect for my little family. I am a huge picnic person. I love the comfort of being away from others, eating what I plan for us and still being outside among people and beautiful weather. All this picnic talk makes me think back to when we lived in DC and the magnificent picnics we would take by the Lincoln memorial or in Reston, VA on the lake “sniffle”.


Goat cheese
Grapes (these are a must with the cheese)
Smoked salmon
Sandwiches (croissants with tuna salad and chicken salad)
Sparkling Cider

French food is one of my favorite cuisines; I really should start making it more! Now lets just hope the weather cooperates tomorrow and me for that matter (I have a cold in summer).

Here is some fun French picnic information.

History of the Picnic
Pique-nique . . . the French invented the word. The very first picnics were actually held indoors during the 17th century. Guests were all expected to “pick” a dish to share, hence the term “pique”. (“Nique” is most likely just a fun rhyming accompaniment.) Before long, the “picnic” term and concept travelled to England. By the 19th century, the term referred to an outdoor society event in which each guest contributed food or entertainment.

Useful French Picnic Phrases

Encourage the exclusive use of the French language to make a pique-nique truly authentic.

• Piqueniquer – to picnic
• Faire un pique-nique – to have a picnic
• En plein air – in the open air
• Sur l’herbe – on the grass
• La pelouse — lawn
• Le déjeuner — lunch
• J’ai faim – I’m hungry
• J’ai soif – I’m thirsty
• Un panier – a basket
• Une nappe – tablecloth
• Une assiette – plate
• Une fourchette – fork
• Une cuillère – spoon
• Un couteau — knife
• Un verre – glass
• Une tasse – cup
• Passez-moi – Pass me
• S’il vous plaît – Please
• Merci – Thank you
• De Rien/Pas de quoi – You’re welcome
• Bon appétit – Enjoy your meal

French picnic information adapted from

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