Maybe you’re one of those people blessed with air conditioning, but I spent all summer sweating it out and not wanting to cook anything. After a while, there were foods I wanted, but the brain-melting temperatures made turning on the oven the last thing I wanted to do. Now, finally, it’s cooled off here and I’m feeling ambitious.
Apart from amusing myself with photos of cats and Doctor Who-related imagery, Pinterest has been helpful in organizing all those dishes I mean to one day make. And unlike a lot of Pinterest boards (I’m looking at you, crafts and cleaning people), I actually follow through on a fair amount of these pinned recipes. Here are five things that have recently caught my eye:
I love-love-love a good pita-based sandwich, but I’ve yet to try my hand at making the bread myself. I’ve made decent regular loaves of bread before, so I don’t imagine it being too difficult. This recipe appears simple and doesn’t use any unusual ingredients.
When it comes to the cause of sweet potatoes, I am still trying to win over my family. I think they’re delicious, but my husband really only likes them in fries-form, my daughter claims to not like them at all, and my son is somewhat indifferent. Maybe, just maybe, if I cover them in two foods they already like, they will eat them. Come on, eat your Vitamin A!
One vegetable that has only recently received an enthusiastic reaction around here is cauliflower. Most of the time, all of us think we’re going to enjoy it, and then the results are decidedly meh. Then one day I covered the cauliflower in olive oil and roasted it — and we couldn’t get enough. Looking at this recipe with garlic, lemon juice and Parmesan? Yes, please.
I may have audibly said, “Yessss…” when I stumbled across this recipe. I love cornbread, and I love pancakes, but both are foods I usually have to make myself in order to control the lactose content. This struck me as something perhaps a bit fluffier than polenta, but not quite as thin as a savory crepe.
Basmati rice is one of my favorite foods with which to cook, and this combination of vegetables, dried cranberries and nuts is really appealing to me. Because it includes ingredients like orange blossom water and saffron, perhaps this dish is a bit more aspirational compared to the previous four in this post. Still, at some point, I’d love to give it a try.
So what have you made lately? What have you always wanted to try?