If you remember my craving for tabouleh a couple of weeks ago, I’m happy to report that I finally got around to it. This week’s feature recipe for French Fridays with Dorie is tzatziki, the tangy creamy yogurt cucumber dip that is kissing cousin with raita. Except in lieu of taming the heat of Indian curries, it is enjoyed as a refreshing accompaniment to more Mediterranean flavours. I was going to prepare a dinner of mezzes but I got tired after the tzatziki and tabouleh were done. Recovering from a 24 hour flu and still looking for my appetite have that effect on me.
Instead of an array of small dishes served hot or cold, I stuffed a couple of whole wheat pita pockets with the dips and called it a night. Who knew chopping and stirring could be so tiring? Slacking off feels awesome!
If I had more energy, I would probably have something like this to show you. I am no stranger to making tzatziki nor tabouleh so the lack of challenge ought to gave me plenty of room for creativity. Alas, my weaken state did not allow me to be creative even if I wanted to. I thought of marinating tempeh with rosemary and lemon to serve the grilled pieces along with the dips. I thought of fancying up the tzatziki by mixing in smoked salmon, cornichon, and red onion. I imagined the magic of a freshly puffed pita bread made from scratch. I could almost smell the delicious aroma of lamb on grill. None of those ideas came to fruition when all I could muster was staying awake long enough to chop vegetable.
On the bright side, at least now I have a wealth of ideas….for next time.
My lazy contribution this week is a simple sandwich lunch stuffed with low calories but flavourful filling. They may not be enough to summon my appetite back but a few bites is still better than zero bites. Let’s see what other bloggers decided to do with this no-cook recipe. I bet they are a lot more interesting than stuff-and-serve.