My sister, Alberta, planned a picnic lunch to celebrate my neice, Kaia’s, fourth birthday. I went to Boston for my annual family trip since her birthday falls on Memorial Day weekend almost every year. We took a ferry boat ride to one of the Harbor islands, Georges, on Memorial Day to have the family celebration with Mom, Alberta; Dad, Murray; baby bro Mr. Dane; Kaia, and myself, “Auntie Camille”.
It was an unusually gorgeous day for Boston this time of year; sunny and clear, breezy, and not humid. A perfect day to have a picnic on an island and fly a kite. I was hands off in regards to the picnic menu. As you will see, being a foodie and a control freak, runs in my family.
The menu was put together from some favorites my sis has used. We are both fans of Nigella Lawson’s cooking and recipes. They are simple and easy to prepare, but taste great.
I had already taken a bite of the drumstick in the photo. Kaia, the birthday girl, was reminding me to take food photos, but after I had already taken that bite. She is wise beyond her years and had seen me do them the night before at dinner. Forgive me that the drumsticks are not browned in the photos. I blame my sister who had cooked them early in the morning since I was still on PST and snoozing away. Besides, there’s really only room for one cook in a Chu kitchen.
the birthday girl, Kaia
Dane being a curious kid
This menu was kid friendly and compact to pack and bring in a backpack to feed 4-6 people. Drumsticks are great for kids to eat by themselves. I used to be one of those people that only ate white meat chicken. Now, I cook both out of sensitivity to others and the need to also please myself. Dark meat has more flavor and cooking white meat can be tricky. It can turn out very dry and flavorless if you’re not careful.
ISLAND PICNIC MENU:
Buttermilk Chicken Drumsticks - Nigella Lawson
New Orleans Cole Slaw- NIgella Lawson
made with red cabbage instead of regular cabbage
After enjoying our picnic lunch under a tree on a grassy knoll overlooking the ocean, we flew a kite. Dane played drums on my stomach and I taught Kaia how to make daisy chains. There’s nothing quite like being an auntie. All the fun, none of the hassle.
This menu would be great for a casual dusk dinner with friends this summer. Note to self, make some white meat so everyone is happy.
me and Kaia showing off our cool shades and smiles