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A Winter Picnic

During the “Christmas tree picking shoot” we also had a bit of a picnic, or more a pretend picnic as we were cold and left the proper eating until we were huddled up inside the house.

The picnic included mini sausage rolls and hot chocolate with snowmen marshmallows. Both really easy to make but very festive and full and warm belly proof.

For the marshmallow snowmen you need marshmallows and writing icing from Dr. Oetker (or another brand). I used milk chocolate for the eyes and mouth and plain orange for the nose. You can actually do it on the spot or let the kids have a go at it.

Mini Sausage Rolls

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Serves: 16 rolls Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 large piece of ready made puff pastry
  • 300 g (unseasoned) minced beef
  • 1 garlic clove (pressed)
  • pepper and salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 handful breadcrumbs



Preheat the oven to 200ºC.


Put the meat in a bowl.


Press the garlic over the bowl and add the soy sauce and a lots of pepper and salt.


Kneed 1 egg and a handful of breadcrumbs through the meat.


The mixture should be sticky! If it's is still too wet, add some extra breadcrumbs.


Remove the puff pastry from it's package and place on a baking sheet/paper.


Cut in half lengthwise with a pizza cutter.


Divide the meat mixture on both halves of the pastry.


Fold the pastry in half and press down the edges.


Cut the long strips into small pieces of about 3 cm wide.


Brush the pastry with the 1 beaten egg.


Bake the mini sausage rolls about 20 minutes in the oven until golden brown.


Wrap the sausage rolls in sheets of white baking paper to keep them crispy and toasty. Use bakers twine to make a pretty bow as it's nice for kids to unwrap their lunch as if it's a little present.

Oh what a lovely day. Special thanks to Vicky, Fanny, Ayla, Amado, Bert, Rudi and Tom.


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  • Janie
    23/12/2016 at 22:17

    Thank you for your blogs during 2016. Happy Christmas and New Year to you and your family. It will be hot here in Melbourne, 35degrees, somewhat different to you.

  • Meredithe
    23/12/2016 at 22:32

    Lovely photo shoot!