Growing up outside Richmond, Virginia, I knew where I stood—geographically. But I wasn’t ever sure if I could call myself a southerner. With parents from the midwest and family scattered all over, it was hard to find a single identity. So, I gave up trying. There are interesting places, captivating people, and scrumptious food choices all over the world; why restrict yourself?
Brent and I made a commitment to getting more greens into our diet this summer and morning smoothies have been a fast and delicious way to do it. This recipe is so simple, it almost feels like it shouldn’t count. Still, we have experimented with a few variations and ultimately found that we like this collection of ingredients best. The smoothie is tangy, bright, and filling. It would be refreshing any time of the day, but we have enjoyed sipping it each morning the past few weeks. (It’s been too hot to crave eggs or other, heavier breakfast items.) We hope you’ll agree that this is an excellent way to start your day!
Last week, we created a recipe for Baeckeoffe, and we had a few pounds of pork shoulder, lamb shoulder, and beef chuck remaining. We froze the beef, but decided to use our handy meat slicer to make thinly slices of the pork and lamb. Stir fry! That’s what we would do with the pork. Easy. Deciding what to do with the lamb was less so.
By Saturday, I knew we had to use the lamb—or else it might spoil. So, as I wandered through Costco, I searched for inspiration. It came when I saw the asparagus. Bacon-wrapped asparagus is amazing. Why not try it with lamb? I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Plus, it’s simple, but looks quite fancy. You’re friends definitely will be impressed. So, I highly recommend it for a dinner party!
Last week, we shared our take on a cool and refreshing Persian yogurt dish, Mast-o-Khiar, that is perfect on its own or a great side salad. I especially enjoyed it paired with the kabobs that I ate at the Persian restaurant with my mother.
So, when I recreated the Mast-o-Khiar, I knew I had to recreate the kabobs as well. We hope you enjoy this tasty version of meat-on-a-stick (despite it’s less than appetizing shape)!
Brent and I flew to and from Germany for vacation last month on Turkish Air via Istanbul. Although the flights were long, they were mostly comfortable and the flight attendants served us plenty of food. I don’t expect airplane food to be tasty, but all three meals on each flight were surprisingly good! One item in particular, the Mast-o-Khiar, caught our attention. I do not typically tolerate dairy well; but the yogurt smelled so fresh, I had to try it. (Guess what—I didn’t have a poor reaction!)
Then, this past weekend, I encountered the slightly sweet cucumber and mint yogurt again while I was with my mother having lunch after my second wedding dress fitting. This time it was a little more soup-like, but the flavor was fantastic. It was just as light, cool, and refreshing as the Mast-o-Khiar on our flight. Our waitress kindly told me the key ingredients, and I knew then that I wanted to recreate it dairy-free at home.
This is great as a snack or light dessert, but even better when it’s served with spiced meats. We have a yummy pairing coming soon (here it is!), so stay tuned! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post to see a sneak peek.