We’ve got a lot of great things coming out of our garden this season; including an overabundance of cucumbers. We’ve not been able to keep up with them even though I eat one every day for snack and my husband has cucumber on his lunch salad every day. So, Pappi decided to take matters into his own hands and made some great pickled dishes we can enjoy over the course of time. I usually don’t like pickled dished but two of these were actually pretty good. The only one I didn’t quite enjoy had red onions which are a little too strong of me. I honestly think he should take over cooking duty because he has so much more patience than I. Here are pix of his creations.
I’d never heard of Harissa until running across this recipe from familystylefood.com. I actually had to go online to order from Amazon.com because none of the stores in my city carry it. I did find a recipe online to make my own, but didn’t want to spend that much time on something I didn’t know if I would even like. It was pretty expensive, but I didn’t have to use very much in the recipe. I though this recipe was a little more difficult than I’d like for a Wednesday evening meal, but that was because I didn’t have any chickpeas pre-soaked. So, I had to do the quick soak method. The only change I made to the recipe was to leave off the cheese to make the recipe vegan. The family liked it so I’ll put it on the maybe list as far as the possibility of repeating.
The family loved this dish. I thought there would be extra for lunch the next day, but there was not any left when I went to make my plate. They devoured the entire pan. By the way I used zucchini and yellow squash from our garden. Pappi has potato and tomatoes planted, but they aren’t ready yet. Can’t wait until it’s this can be made from all fresh ingredients from our own garden.
This is day 15 of 365 and 9 recipes out of 314 pins. I actually prepared this salad two days ago, and haven’t made anything new this weekend. This was a good raw recipe served with the almond tortillas from a few days ago (by the way I’ve had to remake 3 times already), but I also took the leftovers and heated them with a little tamari over rice for a sweet stir fry. So, another two in one opportunity. It’s as yummy as it is pretty to me, but my family doesn’t really like it enough to make in large quantities again. I’ll have to cut the recipe back to make individual servings.
I got a little carried away in the kitchen yesterday making a total of 3 of the Pinterest items by day’s end. The final item was something I saw on The Chew. I only sampled a small bit on a spoon after competing jarring, but I liked what I tasted. If I ate meat, this would go well with pork. But I don’t so I’ll let the family enjoy with the recommended grilled crostini. By the way – I substituted Ethereal for Sugar in this recipe.
Cooking didn’t seem appealing to me tonight, but I had to feed the family something. Friday used to be Pizza night, but none of us can handle the after effects of eating order in pizza and I wasn’t about to make home made crust tonight. So, I did what comes naturally to me when faced with a potential crisis, I found a solution. I took the leftover filling from the sweet potato dish, added a little more seasoning and grilled up some tortillas along with a cut up tomato and avocado and BAM!! Instant taco night. Everyone in my household loves tacos so this spurt of inspiration was a great hit. Whew – crisis averted. Everyone is happy.