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From tuna meatloaf to roast carrot and garlic dip: Yotam Ottolenghi’s picnic recipes

Bundle up these pork and prawn scotch eggs and a tuna loaf people can slice at leisure, plus a roast carrot and garlic hummus to dip them in, and head off to the park

I love a picnic spread: the informality, the way everyone chips in and shares . I love dips and eating little things with my hands; I love sandwiches and crisps and carrot batons. I also love the mad impracticality of it all: the ferrying of a slightly-too-elaborate meal on an outing and setting up camp to eat it. It always makes me think of Rat’s response to Mole in The Wind in the Willows, when asked what ’s in his wicker basket: “‘There’s cold chicken inside it,’ replied the Rat briefly; ‘cold­tongue­cold­ham­cold­beef­pickled­gherkins­salad­french­rolls­cress­sandwiches­potted­meat­gingerbeer­lemonade­soda­water … It’s only what I always take on these little excursions.’”

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