Although it is spiced with Middle Eastern spices this wouldn’t be a typical Middle Eastern dish due to the use of pork that is widely forbidden for consumption due to religious reasons but I found the flavours work well myself.

This makes an easy lunch for work or would work really well as a side dish for BBQ for a healthy alternative to potato salad smothered in mayo. 


  • 1 pack of Heck 97% pork sausages
  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • 4 medium sized potatos peeled and cubed
  • 1 packet of feta cheese cubed
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 chilli diced
  • 8 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • za’atar seasoning
  • olive oil


  1. Grate the garlic and add the juice of a lemon to a small jar. This will cook the garlic slightly and make it a bit more mellow compared to its raw state.
  2. Cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling water till done (You could also use leftover potatoes that have cooled down)
  3. Cook the sausages according to instructions and let cool.
  4. Cook the Chickpeas and let cool.
  5. When the cooked ingredients have cooled add them to a large bowl and add the garlic and lemon, red onion, chilli, tomatoes and feta then mix to combine.
  6. Add a good glug of extra virgin olive oil and mix again.
  7. Add a teaspoon of Za’atar seasoning and season with extra bit of salt and pepper to taste then give it one last mix to combine the seasoning with the rest of the dish.
  8. Add more Za’tar if the ingredients are not covered enough and even an extra sprinkle of sumac if you have any. I got both from Tesco from their own brand.
  9. Put in the fridge to chil and bring all the flavours together for a few hours or overnight for the following day.

I don’t know why as it’s not often i’ve actually had a picnic but i’ve fancied getting my hands on a picnic hamper for some time as there is something quite nostalgic and retro about them. I’m much more of a bbq person than a picnic person but I am a lover of buff-et (how i call it) food it must of been growing up in a pub and getting to raid the buffet when my nan was making it for parties and weddings over the years and i’ve just got a soft spot for a carb fest on a cardboard plate.

I couldn’t get over the price on them for something that doesn’t actually cook your food or cool it down so i’ve tried my hand at a few competitions over the past year or two to win one but had no luck. The girls i work with (i say girls but they are 50 somethings) religiously bring the Aldi and Lidl weekly specials booklet in for me to have a gander and I have to say i’ve been quite pleasantly surprised by the stuff they are churning out there recently not only food but kitchen and garden wear too. I couldn’t be without my Tepanyaki grill i bought back last year and they do the best steaks i’ve ever cooked.

They brought last weeks Aldi booklet in with the first batch of summer stuff and garden equipment / accessories and I stumbled on the wicker picnic hamper and i knew at first sight i was getting one! Not quite sure why as it was a 4 person hamper and I am currently single but it will keep for a year or two hopefully but i do like to take my 13 year old sister out for road trips to the beach, random mountain and camping so thought it would be ideal for that too along with my Son of Hibachi BBQ to sear some meat on to go with the carb fest. I always forget crockery and plates too so the wicker picnic hamper with it’s 4 knives, forks, plates, glasses and corkscrew will come in handy.

cheapest 4 person wicker picnic hamper from aldi

Most others i’ve seen are between £30-75 for just 2 people but this is the cheapest 4 person wicker picnic hamper i’ve come across online and was good to be able to see it in person before ordering online as I had an Aldi just up the road from work and comes in a choice of red and white check or a more nautical blue and white with a lighter coloured wicker too for just £30.

I also found they are doing extra large picnic blanket measuring 2m x 2m in Lidl this week too for just £9, which I also picked up on the way past back into work which comes in blue, green and white or the one i went for which is more of a burnt orange and white. I thought this would make an ideal accompaniment to the wicker picnic hamper for random outings to Ogmore beach or to take to the many food festivals or cider festivals coming up around South Wales this summer.