Pretty Purple Picnic Wraps

You want to know a funny thing about Swedish people? We always talk about the weather. Always. Come rain or come shine, we will talk about it. Several times each day. It’s one of the first things we mention when arriving at work, buying lunch, taking a cab or meeting a friend in the subway. And since I am Swedish, I’ve decided to tell you about the weather last saturday. It was a little bit chilly and cloudy during the morning. Around noon the clouds cleared away and we had blue skies and fairly warm temperature. It was the perfect weather for a picnic.

Me, Luise and Elsa packed our picnic bag with a blanket, fruit, juices and homemade wraps, met up with my mother and sister and took a bus to a 4H farm just outside the city. As most kids, Elsa is crazy about animals, and since there aren’t very many goats and cows running around on the streets of central Stockholm, visiting a farm is her only chance to listen to some muu and maa.

I am not going to give you a big speech about wraps. It’s pretty obvious that they are good picnic food since they are extremely portable and taste good cold. The fun thing is that you can vary them endlessly depending on what you fill them with. Luise came up with three different fillings for our wraps; a creamy beetroot & goat cheese filling, a crunchy green lentils and walnut filling and a sweet quinoa and raisin filling. Creamy, crunchy and sweet – isn’t she phenomenal?!

Pretty Purple Picnic Wraps
8 big wraps

8 wholegrain or corn tortilla breads
4 big salad leaves (torn in two)

Purple Beetroot & Goat Cheese
600 g beetroot
300 g goat cheese
5 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper

Peel the beetroots with a peeler and put it in a blender or food processor, press ‘pulse’ a few times. Then add goat cheese, olive oil and salt & pepper. Blend for about a minute or until it has the consistency of a rough textured spread.

White Quinoa & Raisins
1 cup quinoa
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 cup raisins, any color
1 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of salt

Rinse and cook the quinoa in 2 cups water, add fennel seeds, bring to a boil and cook for about 15-20 min. Set aside. When cold, mix with raisins, cinnamon and salt.

Orange & Green Lentils
1 cup green lentils, any kind would work
1 tsp oregano (add to the water)
a pinch of salt
100 g walnuts, chopped
1 organic orange (juice and zest)
a handful goji berries, optional

Rinse and cook the lentils in  water, add oregano, bring to a boil. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes before reducing the heat to medium. Let it cook for until tender, about 35 minutes. When done, add a pinch of salt and set aside. When cold, add walnuts, orange juice & zest and goji berries and mix well.

+ Lentil trick: Do not add salt until the lentils are cooked, because the salt will toughen them if added during cooking.

Wrap it up!
Put all 8 tortilla breads on the kitchen counter. Place two or three of spoonfuls of the beetroot & goat cheese filling in the middle of the bread (not all the way to the sides), place the salad leaf on top, so it’ll cover the spread. Place a couple of spoonfuls of White Quinoa & Raisins and a couple of spoonfuls of Orange & Green Lentils on top.

Here is how you fold them together.

Fold each side in, about 1 inch, then fold the end closest to you over the filling and ‘tuck it in’. Fold each side a little, one more time, so you kind of lock the filling. And finally roll the wrap over  in the same direction one more time. Roll some wrapping paper around them and tie a string around them to hold them together. Done! When serving, cut them in halves.

Photos by: Johanna Frenkel

53 Comments

  • The wraps look beautiful, fresh, and wished it wasn't snowing where I live right now. You have a picturesque site-the pictures speak for themselves. I am going to have to try the recipes when the sun comes back.
  • What gorgeous picnic food! All of the fillings sound so delicious. I had a wonderful beet-goat cheese salad at a lybanese restaurant recently and your wrap reminds me of it. I think it had mint leaves in it as well. I must take my 1 1/2 year old daughter to a farm as well soon, and bring along a picnic of course... ;)
  • I can't believe how much Elsa has grown! I love packing home-made wraps for picnics and trips, they really are perfect for that purpose. Gorgeous photos too!
  • These wraps are not just food to the body, but to the eyes too. So pretty. I love the early summer atmosphere in the photographs. Made me smile and look forward to a sunny weekend!
  • I just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog. It's the combination of delicious food and beautiful pictures that makes me come back for more! Thanks so much, you guys inspire me! (By the way, this post inspired me to plan a surprise picknick for my boyfriend next weekend. Just so you know, you're indirectly making people happy as well!)
    • That’s exactly what I was thinking about handsome Enzo and beautiful baby Maria, SO big! fun!
  • Thank you for the weekend David, Luise & Elsa! Great picnic with unexpected sunny weather :) And the wraps were amazing! /Sis
    • mona
      Hey Johanna, The best pictues ever. Thanks :-) Love, Mona
  • I just wanted to say that it's such a beautiful watching Elsa growing up. I remember your pregnancy posts, Elsa's birth, first months and now she's so pretty lovely girl that can walk by herself alone. Time passes by so quickly, yeah? have a good and sunnu day, guys! 'cause it's raining here...
  • Anna
    Hi the three of you :) the germans talk a lot about any kind of weather too - i think it's the same in most countrys. Weather is something people mostly agree with each other - and people love to agree with someone ;) - and you can talk about it with nearly anybody you meet, because it isn't something too private or too weird to talk about with strangers. BUT what i rather want to talk about - with everybody - is your food: Yesterday i tried your "Worlds greatest vegetable lasagna" and it was REALLY the best vegetable lasagne i've ever ate!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with the world! Besides, I love your other post too - i definetly like to try your wraps - and i am looking forward to all your post in the future! PS.: Also - your pictures are great and little Elsa is too sweet, but i asume that you know this already ;)
  • I recently told my boyfriend, this summer we should have more picnics. The perfect time for us is after church on Sunday. It'll encourage us to pack a lunch, instead of spending money on a restaurant serving brunch. Plus, it'll encourage me to escape the Sunday Dinner routine and enjoy the outdoor weather.
  • Your picnic wraps look so delicious! And the photos... beautiful! :) I'm working on a picnic basket for the health food store next to us and wraps were my first choice too, along with some dips and a french bread.
  • Oh wow, you Swedish people are amazing! These wraps are coming with me on my next picnic! Weather permitting (Vancouver weather is always permitting) <3!
  • I am German, and we do the same (while in Germany). Now I live in Dubai (where it's hot and sunny on about 350 days per year), I don't talk so much about the weather anymore. But when I speak to my mom at home, I always get the weather report within a minute. I love the name of your wraps. I have been making goat cheese by the kilo these days. I will surely use some to try these wraps. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post, lovely pictures and lovely recipes.
  • Your pictures are stunning. The little blonde girl is gorgeous and I love love love beets with goat cheese in anything.
  • Up here in edmonton Canada, all we talk about is the weather. It's the plight of living in a northern climate. As soon as the weather allows, we hit the parks and patios to enjoy the weather.
  • We're the same way here in New England... when the weather stinks, it's all we can talk about. When it's gorgeous we're all beaming an talking about how lovely it is. What a great way to celebrate the beginning of the warm season with a picnic. Stunning!
  • Such a lovely picnic and I can't wait to try those wraps!
  • What a lovely post, Elsa is co cute. I love talking about weather, too. I hope the weather will be nice and sunny this weekend so I can make this divine looking wrap and set off for a picnic! ;) Thank you for sharing this brilliant combo wrap. I can't wait to give it a try.
  • Cutest post ever! Love beetroot and goats cheese, I imagine it would be great with some toasted hazelnuts too for extra crunch.
  • That's funny - people in San Francisco are the same way about weather - because it is so fickle! Your wraps look delicious. I want to picnic in the park!

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