Sunday, May 15, 2011

"A little picnic never hurt anyone... "

"... A lot did but not a little!" Haha. My friend David from Rhema, the school I attended, once said something like that. We had a bonfire and he accidently dropped his hot dog in the ashes and tried blowing them off and said, "A little dirt never hurt anyone, a lot did but not a little." Great times.
  
I really enjoy a picnic as long as it's done right. I'm going to be honest, I don't like most "picnics" that have some of the worst cheap quality food imagined, hardly anything homemade and everything mixed with mayo.. not my thing at all. To me, the best kind of picnics are relaxing and with either the love of your life or a couple close friends or family. With healthy, fresh food and no agenda. 


Here's a look at one relaxing picnic... 

 
Sparkling red grape juice, fresh cut up fruit salad, my mom's best ever potato salad, and my favorite: Israel-inspired sandwich hummus with veggies in a pita:
Here's how I prepared it:

Israel sandwich

1 or 2 tomatoes (depending on size)
1/4 of an onion
1/2 of a cucumber
a bunch of cilantro
fresh baby spinach
hummus (I prefer homemade)
whole wheat pita bread pockets

Coarsely chop tomato, cucumber, and onion and mix in a bowl or tupperware with chopped cilantro. Cover and keep refrigerated until needed.

Make hummus and keep in tupperware.(if you are going to) Grab a couple handfuls of spinach leaves and put in a baggy.
  
(To assemble: spoon in some tomato mixture, a generous couple scoops of hummus, and a handful of spinach leaves into a pita pocket.)  

Open up your picnic basket throw in bag of pita pockets, spinach, hummus, tomato mixture, some napkins, a couple spoons, Sparkling grape juice, glasses, and any other goodies you would like! Oh and don't forget your camera, guitar, djembe, harmonica, a good book, and your journal. If the mosquitos don't get you, stick around and watch the stars come out.

Blessings,
Chef Teebs

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