For Christmas, Mr got me a low profile mortar and pestle (he certainly knows how to make me swoon), it’s so awesome! With the pestle being a full opposite of the mortar, the whole bowl is a grinding surface. Needless to say we’ve been grinding spices like nobody’s business at our house.
Along with the gorgeous mortar and pestle came Bite Me Too, Julie Albert & Lisa Gnat’s follow up to their first cookbook, Bite Me. They put together a cookbook that is really fun to read: a little bit sassy, with playful pictures, and lots of fun and funky recipes. The Stacked Sushi Bowls I made? They were very loosely based on the stacked sushi recipe from their first book. I made some supremely tasty, retro fun caramel monkey bread to bring to a holiday potluck (I need to finish writing up the post for that too!). Anything I’ve pulled from their books has turned out marvelously, and when you’re talking about a cookbook, that is a beautiful thing.
Another thing that joined our house over the holidays was the game Cards Against Humanity. Mr had been looking to track it down since the fall and the copy I ordered him came in just in time for Christmas. He was so happy! It’s pretty much played like Apples to Apples (another very fun game), each round a player puts out one of the black cards, and all of the other players respond to the hypothetical question or statement with one of their white cards. The person who played the black card gets to pick which one wins and that person gets a point. It’s very sarcastic, irreverent, and has some black humor to it. Like the box cheekily says, it’s a party game for horrible people. I’ve been a little bit surprised at some of the content on the cards, I will admit that, but you can’t help but laugh at: “My plans for world domination begin with _____” answered with ”Chainsaws for hands.”
In the end, the holiday season treated my mister and I well. We got to spend time with our nearest and dearest, and I think that is what that time of year is all about. But after all of the celebrations, libations and feasting that come with the the end of a year and the beginning of a new one, sometimes a person needs a recovery period. So, from my shiny new cookbook, here is Julie and Lisa’s delicious twist on a Greek Salad. Fill up on veggies!
Greek Salad with Sugar Snaps
(recipe adapted from Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat’s Bite Me Too)
2 Cups sugar snap peas
1 long English cucumber
2 Cups cherry tomatoes
1 large red bell pepper
1 Cup feta cheese
1 Cup Kalamata olives
1/4 Cup olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
- Trim the ends off of the sugar snap peas and then cut them into bite size pieces (mine mostly went into thirds or halves).
- Cut the cucumber in half and remove the seeds. Dice into pieces bite size pieces.
- Halve the cherry tomatoes.
- Dice the red pepper to a size similar to the cucumber pieces.
- Cube the feta cheese, once again maintaining a relatively similar size of cube.
- Remove the pits from the olives and cut them in half.
- Combine everything in a large bowl.
- To make the vinaigrette, put all of the remaining ingredients into a jar or other resealable container and shake to emulsify,
- Dress the salad and give it a toss to mix it up.
- Munch away!
Three awesome things about this salad: (1) snap peas in salads are fantastic! (2) no offense to greens, but lately I’m loving a salad that does away with them, this salad is a great example (3) normally, I find Greek salads really oily tasting. The vinaigrette they use is bright and citrus-y but it doesn’t coat your whole mouth with oil so that you can’t taste anything else. Fantastic.
What Mr thinks this salad is “awesome! But best as a midnight snack!”
This time last year: Petite Poutine
And the year before that: Chocolate Truffle Trio