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Elevate Your Picnic: The Light, Seasonal Food from Bread & Water-A Venice Beach Catering Company Run by Sisters Meave and Faye McAuliffe-Inspired This Feast

Magazine article Sunset

Elevate Your Picnic: The Light, Seasonal Food from Bread & Water-A Venice Beach Catering Company Run by Sisters Meave and Faye McAuliffe-Inspired This Feast

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CUCUMBER MINT SPRITZER

SERVES 4 / 20 MINUTES, PLUS CHILLING TIME

"This is the kind of cool drink you want when you're out in he sun," says Meave. Make the cucumber mixture ahead of time and top it off with ice and club soda (or even Champagne).

1 English cucumber Fresh mint leaves from 6 large sprigs
1/4 cup each simple syrup, orange juice, and lime juice
1 tsp. orange blossom water *
1 can (12 oz.) club soda

1. Thinly slice 1/4 of the cucumber and Set aside.
Cut the remaining cucumber and put into the bowl
of a food processor arid whirl with 1/4 cup water until
well blended, about 2 minutes. Pour into a strainer set
over a bowl. Let sit 10 minutes to drain, occasionally
pressing with the back of a spoon to push liquid through;
discard solids.

2. Put cucumber juice, reserved: slices, Mint, simple syrup,
orange and lime juices, and orange blossom water into a container
to chill, at least30 minutes or up to 1 day ahead.

3. When ready to serve, add ice and top with club soda.

* This adds a nice citrusy fragrance. Find it at Middle Eastern
or well-stocked beverage stores.

PER 1 CUP SERVING 53 Cal., 2% (1.1 Cal) from fat; 0.5 g protein;
0.1 g fat (0 g sat), 13 g carbo (0.4 g fiber); 21 mg sodium;
0 mg chol. GF/VG

ZAATAR YOGURT DIP AND VEGETABLES

SERVES 4 TO 6 / 10 MINUTES, PLUS CHILLING TIME

We translated the flavors of one of Bread & Water's popular salads into a no-utensils-required dish. A Middle Eastern spice blend, "zaatar has a slight citrus note that goes well with vegetables," says Meave.

8 oz. Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. zaatar *
1 tbsp. each lemon zest and juice
2 cups each sliced red and yellow bell peppers, cucumber
spears, carrots, broccoli florets, and lettuce leaves
Hummus

Mix together yogurt, zaatar, and lemon zest and juice (if you
like it thinner, add 2 tbsp. water). Chill at least 2 hours
or overnight to develop flavor. Serve with vegetables and
hummus.

* Find the spice aisle of well-stocked grocery stores.

PER SWING 85 Cal., 6% (5.1 cal.) from fat; 6.4 g protein;
0.6 g fat (0.2 g sat.); 14 g carbo (3.9 g fiber); 57 mg
sodium; 0 mg chol GF/LC/LS/V

CHARMOULA GRILLED CHICKEN SANDWICHES

SERVES 4 / 50 MINUTES

The chicken gets a flavor boost from charmoula, a versatile marinade. "I-make extra to use as a dip," says Meave.

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. … 
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