We are far away from the hurricane that’s raging tonight, but our thoughts have been on the storm all day. Our East Coast family and friends are drenched but well, and the storm gave us the gift of my sister- and brother-in-law stranded with us for an extra day after their flight home was cancelled. I hope that you and yours have fared as well. (I’ve been seeing the photos of flooding and fires and hospital evacuations, though, so on top of just hoping that everyone is well I also made a donation to the American Red Cross.)
I’m thankful to be warm and dry tonight, and to have my big family gathered around the table for dinner. It’s getting to be the season for cozy holiday meals, and, as always, I aim to equip you with a bountiful table of vegetarian and vegan options.Continue reading →
I like to cook, but I love it even more when people feed me. We had dinner at a friend’s house recently and devoured a pile of peppers stuffed with a mixture of green olives and cream cheese. This morning I spent three minutes making a bowl myself and ate it for breakfast scooped onto sweet pepper slices. I suppose it would be fine on a bagel instead, if that’s your thing. Or spread onto whole wheat bread for a veggie sandwich. Or piped into celery sticks. Or served with crackers at a party. Or…I’m going to have to make another bowl.
If you got to choose, would you want to cook or being cooked for?
To be clear, I love the tzatziki recipe I’ve given you below–you can’t really go wrong with herbed yogurt sauces in my book. Remember that cilantro yogurt sauce (and are you still making it as often as I am)? The basil yogurt sauce? This, finally, is the classic: yogurt and dill, with cucumber for crunch. And it’s great. But I made the tzatziki as one component of an apparently ill-conceived riff on Eggs Benedict, which ended up not as great as it should have been. It was good, but…. It was whole grain toast topped with silky sauteed chard, a poached egg, and this lemony-garlicky tzatziki, but it needed a little something more. A drizzle of spicy butter? A generous crumble of smoked salmon? You tell me if you try. I’ve already picked out a recipe from Ottolenghi’s Plenty for the next time I try an eggs-and-yogurt combination.
Unfortunately, I made this breakfast for my sister, thinking it would be a special send-off meal after two so-nice weeks together. I was sad to say goodbye to her, but what a luxury to have so much time together when we live in different cities. Thank you for coming, sis, and for all the fun and help! Next time I will play it safe and express my breakfast-time appreciation with chocolate waffles instead.The consolation prize is having a bowl of the tzatziki in my fridge to enjoy in the coming week.