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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

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52 Comments

  1. Posted 18 May ’11 at 01:00 | #

    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!

  2. Posted 18 May ’11 at 01:08 | #

    Cutest post ever! Love beetroot and goats cheese, I imagine it would be great with some toasted hazelnuts too for extra crunch.

  3. Posted 18 May ’11 at 01:23 | #

    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.

  4. Posted 18 May ’11 at 02:20 | #

    Such a lovely picnic and I can’t wait to try those wraps!

  5. Posted 18 May ’11 at 02:58 | #

    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!

  6. Posted 18 May ’11 at 03:36 | #

    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.

  7. Posted 18 May ’11 at 03:43 | #

    Your pictures are stunning. The little blonde girl is gorgeous and I love love love beets with goat cheese in anything.

  8. Posted 18 May ’11 at 05:22 | #

    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.

  9. Posted 18 May ’11 at 05:50 | #

    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!

  10. Posted 18 May ’11 at 05:55 | #

    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.

  11. Posted 18 May ’11 at 07:13 | #

    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.

  12. Anna
    Posted 18 May ’11 at 07:43 | #

    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 ;)

  13. Posted 18 May ’11 at 08:15 | #

    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…

  14. Posted 18 May ’11 at 08:18 | #

    Thank you for the weekend David, Luise & Elsa! Great picnic with unexpected sunny weather :) And the wraps were amazing!

    /Sis

    • mona
      Posted 18 May ’11 at 20:03 | #

      Hey Johanna,
      The best pictues ever. Thanks :-)
      Love, Mona

  15. Posted 18 May ’11 at 08:55 | #

    I just can’t believe how big Elsa is :)

    • Posted 18 May ’11 at 09:24 | #

      That’s exactly what I was thinking about handsome Enzo and beautiful baby Maria, SO big! fun!

  16. Posted 18 May ’11 at 09:25 | #

    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!)

  17. Posted 18 May ’11 at 10:59 | #

    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!

  18. Posted 18 May ’11 at 11:20 | #

    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!

  19. Posted 18 May ’11 at 16:14 | #

    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… ;)

  20. Posted 18 May ’11 at 17:13 | #

    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.

  21. Lillemor
    Posted 18 May ’11 at 17:41 | #

    Underbart goda wraps och bilderna skildrar verkligen en helt underbar picnic dag med David, Luise, Elsa och Johanna. En minne som jag vill bevara länge… Farmor

  22. Posted 18 May ’11 at 19:47 | #

    Beautiful post and great recipe! I made use of this recipe today and it was a big success, thanks!

  23. Posted 18 May ’11 at 20:42 | #

    Åh så underbart! Det svenska vädermentaliteten är spännande:) Bilderna får mig att längta hem ett unns..
    Njut av vårsol och lyckokraft!

  24. Posted 18 May ’11 at 21:04 | #

    Amazing. Every time, every recipe. Your site and your food is so beautiful and gorgeous. Baci Baci!

  25. Posted 18 May ’11 at 21:23 | #

    I don’t know if I’m more excited about the delicious sandwiches or the gorgeous photos of Elsa & your picnic!

  26. Posted 18 May ’11 at 22:49 | #

    Not only do these look gorgeous, but they sound like they’d be delicious as well.

  27. beverly thornton
    Posted 18 May ’11 at 23:27 | #

    Thank You.Your site is peaceful, to just watch and learn with such beautiful pictures and recipes.Your baby is so cute she makes me smile just looking at her.

  28. Posted 19 May ’11 at 10:48 | #

    As ever I just love the recipe and love the photos! Spring in Sweden is really something special – perfect days for picnics.

  29. Posted 19 May ’11 at 16:17 | #

    That dish speaks to me. It’s beckoning me to come hither…
    Will definitely try soon! Thanks r sharing!

  30. Posted 20 May ’11 at 13:29 | #

    It’s always such a pleasure to come back to your site and be inspired by your photography and gorgeous combinations. I’d love to be on that picnic right now.

  31. Posted 20 May ’11 at 21:09 | #

    Hello :-)

    Your blog layout is beautiful and has inspired me a lot.
    Have you set up your blog in a special style in wordpress or is it your own design?

    Thanks and Greetings
    Charlotte from Denmark, Århus

  32. Posted 21 May ’11 at 05:19 | #

    Beautiful, so colourful and no doubt delicious. Elsa is getting so big! Such a cutie. We like to talk about the weather as well, so we completely understand where you’re coming from :)

  33. Posted 21 May ’11 at 21:39 | #

    Delicious – a perfect picnic piece of inspiration! Thanks guys!

  34. Posted 21 May ’11 at 23:35 | #

    this looks so good i am TOTALLY going to make it!

  35. Posted 21 May ’11 at 23:35 | #

    I cant decide what I love more…the fact that Elsa loves kitties or pippi longstocking. I love both! Beautiful spread as usual!

  36. Posted 22 May ’11 at 15:01 | #

    I have found your blog again! I remember coming across it months ago but in the sea of blogs it got lost. Enjoyed your post above and the global conversation starter: the weather. That picnic basket is beautiful and the wraps so interesting and delicious. Thank you for a wonderful blog.

  37. Posted 24 May ’11 at 21:49 | #

    I am in full blown picnic mode over here also. While antiquing this weekend I picked up the most stunning woven basket that these jewel-toned wraps will look beautiful in. Thanks for the great recipe and the smile inducing photos of your beautiful girl.

  38. Posted 24 May ’11 at 22:48 | #

    Picnics are the best! Love your pics and of course your wraps. They sound delicious.

  39. Posted 25 May ’11 at 01:49 | #

    What a splendid recipe! Such a nice surprise for your taste buds!

  40. Didi
    Posted 26 May ’11 at 09:15 | #

    Looks delicious! Do you cook the beets first or do you use them raw?

  41. Laura
    Posted 10 Jun ’11 at 17:59 | #

    That s so funny. I have recently moved to Sweden and yes, Swedish always talk about the weather! Anyways, I love your blog, I am specially happy to find it since I guess you post recipes of food we can actually find easily in Stockholm unlike some of the other blogs I follow :) Great!

  42. Posted 14 Jun ’11 at 23:33 | #

    We always talk about weather in Seattle too – maybe because ours is very similar to yours? Anyway, I’ll take one (or two) of each of these gorgeous wraps please and a little nibble of the baby while you are at it. What a beautiful child she is.

  43. Posted 29 Jun ’11 at 12:37 | #

    Lovely pictures! Oh, Sweden just started looking a little more exotic ;p

  44. Posted 5 Aug ’11 at 00:38 | #

    Gorgeous pictures and a great recipe! I think the “Weatherman” bug is quite common and prevalent in almost every country and culture, lol. Because all we Sydneysiders ever do is talk about it! :-)

  45. Valérie Lemieux
    Posted 30 Jan ’13 at 14:38 | #

    I tried this receipe last year and I was amazed by how much I could love a wrap. Never thought these tastes and texture togheter could do this wow effect. After loosing some of my bookmarks, I found you back with: piknic wrap beetroots quinoa blog :) Your baby girl is a very lucky child :D

  46. Posted 11 Apr ’13 at 14:39 | #

    I love your blog so much and have only discovered it in the past few months. I am trying to catch up with so much and feel so excited about trying new vegetarian recipes, even though we are not vegetarian. I even mentioned you in my inspiration page. I think we will be eating Beet Bourguignon tonight. :)

  47. Posted 12 Apr ’13 at 08:38 | #

    May I ask where your picnic blanket is from, it is so gorgeous and just the colours I am looking for in my living room to team with a big leather sofa. Just to bring some soft feminine touches into the room. Would be greatful if you could let me know. Here is my living room. http://danishexchange.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/a-collection-of-memories-a-peek-into-our-living-room/
    Thank you again. :)

  48. Posted 3 Jun ’13 at 01:20 | #

    Hi!
    Question: How big (in diameter) should the corn tortilla breads/wraps be to fit each portion of the filling?
    Thanks! =)

  49. Posted 7 Jul ’13 at 14:16 | #

    Hello!
    Does the beetroot have to be raw when processed? Or can I use ‘ready-cooked’ beetroot?
    Thanks!

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