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Love is in the air with Pippa Middleton's perfect Provencal picnic

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Love is clearly in the air for Pippa Middleton, with her latest contribution to the supermarket food magazine Waitrose Kitchen sharing the key to a 'romantic picnic for two'. The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister provides tips for the perfect Provencal picnic as part of her 'Friday Night Feast' column, praising the perks of "whisk[ing] away someone special for an evening of gazing and grazing".

Her menu includes delights such as peach and vanilla fizz, a fig and goat's cheese fougasse – a type of bread associated with Provence – smoked chicken and melon salad and strawberry and lavender cheesecake jars.

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The luxury picnic doesn't come cheap, with an estimated price tag of £60 according to a spokesman for Waitrose. As Pippa and her handsome boyfriend Niko Jackson have been pictured together more and more recently, it's no wonder she has romantic getaways on her mind.

Pippa, 29, has been linked to her 35-year-old stockbroker beau since the beginning of the year. The loved-up couple have already taken their romance as far afield as the Caribbean island Mustique and the slopes of Saint Moritz. 

In the second installment of her column for the Waitrose food magazine, the party planner lets readers in on her "vision of the perfect picnic", leading us to believe that the pair's next holiday destination may be the south of France. 

"I'm in Provence, in a field just off the beaten track, where we've parked the car and thrown a quilted rug across the dry, parched grasses," she writes. "The hazy sky is cobalt blue, cicadas hum around us and it’s hot, very hot. But not too hot for a picnic. 

"Around us are plump peaches, figs and strawberries, oozing ripe cheeses and crunchy baguettes, torn and ready to mop up every last morsel." Fine touches for the quintessential Provence picnic include tea towels 'with French stripes', enamel plates and quilted rugs.

Pippa isn't the only one with romance on her mind. Her younger brother James, 26, went public with his new girlfriend, TV personality Donna Air, 33, last month when the couple were spotted leaving LouLou's private members' club hand in hand.