A post outside of my regular schedule to tell you about the sweet idea I had yesterday :)
Since I moved to Berlin the first thing I look at in the morning is the weather forecast, both for the day and for a few days in front of me. This is just to prepare myself, you know, here is not like in Florida where the only change in the weather is thunderstorms or sunshine but with the same hot humid temperature. Actually there is not even that much to forecast in Florida, 90% of the days are sunny in the morning and thunderstorms roll in in the afternoon. That’s it! But in Berlin, oh boy does the weather change from one day to the next!
So when on Monday I saw a sunny beautiful 75 degrees (24C) forecast, and for Tuesday a sky high 80 (27C), I was happier than a bird with a french fry! But then Wednesday, Thursday and Friday gave no way to hope, the maximum temperature forecasted was only 59 (15C) degrees :'(
Was this the end of summer? I immediately thought I should do something special to celebrate what seemed like the last day of summer. But with the hubby at work all day, and the sun setting earlier every day, what could be done? I could join the hubby for lunch, but that is nothing special, so I decided to make a picnic for the two of us! A surprise picnic!
Sadly I spoiled the surprise because I was running late (strange, don’t you think?) so I had to call him to see whether he agreed to a late picnic lunch or if I should have just run out right away. Against what I was expecting he agreed to the picnic :)
I have some pics of our main course and below you can find the recipe.
I quickly prepared everything and run out with my bag of goodies! I was sad I didn’t have a picnic basket, hahaha! The hubby joined me to a park close to were he works, it was a little run down but it had to do. We sat on a bench and I presented him our picnic goodies. I have to tell you he liked it a lot, both the food, the idea and his sweet wife. At least that’s what I think, but he looked pretty happy ;)
End of summer picnic menu
Hipster soda made in Munich, bitter lemon flavor
Berlin is full of these hipster drinks. They go from organic to no sugar to vegan all the way to *everything*-free drinks, where everything is all the usual cra* you find in sodas. I am a big fan of plain old water, but for such a special occasion I got us a special drink. No picnic is complete without a fancy lemonade!
Shrimp and Avocado Tramezzini Sandwiches
Yep you heard that right, shrimp and avocado, and yes, that does taste delicious. This was our main course, main picnic course I should say. You can find the recipe below.
Sugar coated Peach slices
A meal always includes fruit in this house, so our picnic couldn’t finish without it. I decided to go a little fancy, so I cut the peach in 6-8 thick slices, I coated them with sugar, I sprinkled them with a little tiny bit of lemon juice and sealed them in a container. They acquired more flavor during my ride to the picnic.
Ferrero Rocher for dessert
And of course no meal is complete without dessert, so I bought us Ferrero Rocher, a little Italian treat that we rarely get to enjoy. Yummy!
We ate and talked, enjoyed the sun, and also the wind that was starting to cool down the day in preparation for today’s 59 (15C).
Shrimp and Avocado Tramezzini Sandwiches Recipe
These sandwiches are of the tramezzini type, I posted tramezzini recipes before and promised you some more fillings, here is a new one. The hubby loves this one and I can’t disagree: the combination of shrimp and avocado is a match made in heaven!
For 4 small sandwiches, 8 triangular tramezzini
- 150 gr cocktail shrimp (or regular shrimp cut in small chunks)
- 1/2 avocado (it is ready when soft to the touch)
- Juice of 1/4 lemon
- 5 or 6 drops of Tabasco sauce (optional)
- 1 tbs chopped parsley
- 8 slices whole grain bread
If the shrimp are not cooked and ready to be used, clean them, boil them and let them cool. If you use the big ones, cut them in small chunks.
Cut the avocado in chunks, add the shrimp, sprinkle with the lemon juice and the tabasco (optional). Add the parsley and stir to combine.
Spread (or rather deposit) the mixture over 4 slices of bread. Cover with the remaining four slices, press well and cut them in half to make the typical triangular shape of tramezzini. Since these tramezzini were for us rather than for guests I decided not to be wasteful and I didn’t cut out the crust of the bread, but you usually do when preparing tramezzini.
Shrimp and Avocado Salad
With what above is described as the filling of the tasty tramezzini, you can make an easy salad. Skip the bread, add some lettuce and enjoy the fullness of flavors of shrimp and avocado. Usually when I make these sandwiches for the hubby to take to work I keep some filling aside and I have it for lunch. It’s delicious and fresh!