Tailgater Picnic Tips to Inspired by the Burley Land Rover Tailgate Picnic Competition

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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James Martin and the Burghley Bloomer

James Martin and the Burghley Bloomer. Enjoy the recipes and videos.

Here are some ways to jazz up your horse show experience. We got inspired by the The Land Rover Tailgate Picnic Competition promo for the upcoming  coming up on Saturday 3rd September at the Burhley Horse Trials.

As many dedicated event goers know, it is always a challenge to keep a picnic fresh when it has to tolerate a long car journey. With some clever recipes like the Burghley Bloomer and Teriyaki Steak which are enhanced by a long car journey, James also has some useful tips to make sure your tailgate picnic is at its best when you arrive at an event. Feel free to share this link on your social media pages, and enjoy. #marysdailydish


1. When it comes to wrapping food, always use greaseproof paper or cling film. So often when the weather is good, if you use tinfoil it can actually end up cooking the food

2. Use different types of vinegars like cider vinegar or sherry vinegar to glam up limp salad. It really gives it a lift after a long journey.

3. Pack a spicy pickle or a chilli jam in your picnic. It doesn’t matter if it gets a bit warm and the kick in the pickle or jam will really enhance the taste of a pie or a scotch egg

4. Look for things like hot smoked salmon which is already cooked and therefore doesn’t deteriorate when it has been in the back of a vehicle for a certain amount of time

5. Use soft cheeses, ones that don’t like being refrigerated but are actually better when they warm up, such as brie and camembert, or a particularly good one is Vacherin Mont D’Or



  • 1 x large round loaf of bread
  • 200g of pesto
  • Selection of chargrilled vegetables, sliced lengthways: 1 x aubergines, 2x courgettes, 2x red/yellow peppers
  • 2 x chicken breast, cut into strips
  • A handful of rocket leaves
  • Raw red onion – sliced
  • 1x beef tomato, sliced
  • Salt &  pepper


1. Cut a hole in the top of the loaf of bread and hollow it out so all you are left with is the crust and a

lid. The idea being that it becomes like a container

2. Generously spread the pesto on the base of the hollowed loaf

3. Layer the mozzarella on top of the pesto, and then the chargrilled vegetables, followed by the

chicken, rocket leaves, onions and tomatoes

4. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper

5. Press it down nice and flat so that you can fit as much filling as possible into the loaf

6. Repeat steps 2-5 so that the loaf is brimming with ingredients

7. Place the lid on top of the loaf and then wrap it tightly in cling film

8. The longer this can be left in the cling film the better it will taste, so pack it into the picnic in the

back of the car and leave it alone until you are at your picnic destination

9. When you are ready to eat, remove the cling film and then slice it up in to chunks to serve



  • 125ml/4oz Shaoxing rice wine (or you can use dried sherry as an alternative)
  • 125ml/4oz mirin
  • 125ml/4oz dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2x large rib eye steaks


  • For the marinade, take a clear plastic sealable food bag and add the Shaoxing, mirin, soy sauce and caster sugar
  • Seal the bag and give it a shake so that all the ingredients mix together
  • Place the rib eye stakes into the bag, making sure they are fully immersed in the marinate, seal it up and pack in the picnic and leave it in the back of the car until you arrive at your destination
  • Once your BBQ is ready, take the steaks out of the bag and place them straight onto the BBQ
  • Cook on each side for a few minutes, depending on how you like your steak cooked

The Land Rover Tailgate Picnic Competition takes place on cross-country day at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Saturday 3 rd September in the reserved car park. For more information about the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials visit

Land Rover has over 30 years heritage in the equestrian sport and has been title sponsor of c 2005. To find out more about Land Rover’s long term commitment to equestrian sport, visit