Greek night!Posted: August 13, 2011
Our neighbor to the left has bestowed upon us a bounty of cucumbers from her garden this summer, bless her heart.
Here’s the thing: I don’t really like cucumbers.
I like pickles just fine, cukes over the eyes never hurt a person, and cucumber in water at the spa (for as much as I GO to a spa….), okay. Those are good uses for cucumbers.
DT likes them pretty well, but I felt like I needed to spearhead how to utilize these gifts on our doorstep. It would be such a shame to waste.
So I started Googling, the only natural thing to do with a cucumber abundance.
Alas, an epiphany. Tzi….wait. Hang on. How do you spell….tzitxi….no. Oh for the love. This is a copy and paste kind of word.
YES! Tzatziki! What a perfect way to blend a not-too-fond ingredient (yet we have at least 10 of, and not of our own doing) into a delicious sauce to complement some OTHER delicious food??!
We were pondering dinner tonight, and honestly, Fridays are typically pretty lazy. We normally just don’t really try. So when I suggested Greek night, and asked if it would be too much work for a Friday, then DT said, “that actually sounds really yummy”….we were in business.
We each made a stop at the store after work for our respective ingredients: DT (meat); me (Falafel, pita, and yogurt for the sauce).
I have to admit – I took the easy way out with the Falafel mix. I had to cut one little corner on Friday night! Someday I plan to make the REAL deal.
So here, the ingredients (I mean seriously….do you see that bowl full of cucumbers to the right??):
From there, I started on the Tzatziki sauce, recipe courtesy of Cat Cora.
Then I moved on to the Falafel:
Meanwhile, DT’s meat component….pork. Yesh. But I won’t say anything.
DT’s pork has cooked:
Here’s mine. Ahhhh.
I slathered so much TZATZIKI to coat the pita (almost shown here), then went on to drape it – in near-gluttony fashion (thank goodness the yogurt was non-fat) ALL OVER both halves of the pita. I couldn’t even show you here. Gluttony. There, I’ll say it.
I’m quite proud of our ambition tonight! It was deeeLISH and we managed to use *some* of our cucumber stash. And….I may have learned how to spell Tzatziki.
(Nope! Just copied and pasted that sucker. 🙂 )