The Secret to a Lazy Supper

Bring out the picnic food and eat it inside

Kim Duke
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4 min readDec 15, 2020


I don’t care how much you love to cook — sometimes, you’re just having a crazy week and even a box of Kraft Dinner starts to look good. Many people make homemade pizzas and that certainly works too. I even know strange people who eat only volumes of popcorn on nights they don’t want to cook. Popcorn. But for my husband and me? Indoor Picnic Night is what happens when we are lazy and don’t feel like cooking.

I bring out a baguette, some creamy French brie, a jar of olives, a can of sardines, or smoked oysters. My husband may have picked up hummus from our favorite Lebanese deli. Our menu changes but three things stay the same: simple food, no cooking, and we don’t eat at the dining room table.

Picnic night is one of the easiest things to prepare for. During the week I pick up a few fresh supplies like a baguette, thinly sliced pepper salami, cheese, and fruit. The rest comes straight from my pantry, fridge, and freezer.

What do you need for your indoor picnic night? Please keep it simple. I drag out a couple of old breadboards and they hold the bounty. I don’t know why it is kind of fun to eat off of a breadboard — but it just is.

Pick one or two foods from each category:

Something savory

  • Dill pickles
  • Chutney
  • Pickled onions
  • Olives
  • Artichokes in oil

Something crunchy

  • Chips
  • Nuts
  • Radishes
  • Celery with Cheez Whiz

Something smooth

  • Brie
  • Cream cheese
  • Hummus
  • Hard-boiled eggs (I’m not making deviled eggs on a lazy supper night)

A protein

  • Tins of sardines or smoked oysters
  • Whisper-thin slices of rosemary ham or pepper salami
  • Do you have some leftover sausages from the other night? Cut them into bite-sized pieces and serve with grainy mustard — you…



Kim Duke

I happily write about food, nature and quirks of life. Heated. Mind Cafe. P.S. I Love You. Writing coach for women. Creator of Scribbly.