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French Food Friday...Picnic Loaf

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles;

It is really starting to heat up here in SW France and  I am hoping to escape the heat down by the river at our secret picnicking spot.....enough said or it will not be a secret any longer.

French boyfriend is not so keen on sandwiches but the following recipe is one of his favourites....

French Style Picnic Loaf

Serves 8
1 loaf of rustic bread  (600g/1lb 5oz), such as  pain de campagne
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
4tbsp olive oil
1tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1tbsp capers
198g tin of tuna in brine,  drained
75g (2¾oz) rocket
2 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
30g (1oz) sliced pitted black olives
30g tin of anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained
280g jar of marinated chargrilled peppers, drained
8 large basil leaves

Cut the bread in half lengthways. Mix together the garlic, olive oil and red wine vinegar and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Drizzle half the mixture over the cut surfaces of the bread. Add the capers and tuna to the remaining mixture and stir well to coat. Sprinkle the rocket over the bottom half of the bread to cover.
Arrange the tomatoes over the rocket. Spoon the tuna mixture over to cover. Scatter the olives and anchovies on top and cover with  a layer of the peppers and basil leaves. Arrange the top half of the bread over the filling and press down well to squash slightly. Wrap tightly in clingfilm and leave for  1 hour for all the juices to soak into the bread. Slice and serve.

très bon week-end à tous, Leeann x


  1. This sounds delicious. Anything with capers in it is good in my book! Have an awesome weekend!

    Marie Angelique

  2. Wow!! A very impressive take on the humble sandwich. Looks yummy!


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Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

Hope that you had a nice weekend. We spent yesterday afternoon at a furniture auction but I will tell you more about that later in the week.

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