We’ve been on a health-kick the last few weeks. Not because we really feel like we have to, but because I’ve been looking for a fresh set of flavors to enjoy during the doldrums of winter. I am a believer than healthy doesn’t have to mean boring and is in fact almost always exciting. For example, last week I made a quinoa with herbs and sautéed garlicky kale for lunch to take to work. It was incredibly delicious and I could eat my fill without feeling like I have to head to the gym. Besides, that afforded me the freedom to indulge in some ice cream. A local brewery is making wart ice cream. Only in Philly!
This past weekend we made guacamole and this new (to us) tartine. Recipe here. It was delicious. There were salty, briny and creamy elements that paired beautiful with hearty bread to make a delicious lunch meal. The whole dish takes 10 minutes of active preparation, too. That was a must given our very busy weekend; We had a long-awaited and twice-postponed lunch date with a good friend of ours and her 2-year old son. Then, we ran from that to a second lunch date with Evan’s cousin who is visiting from Israel. We were honored that he thought of us while visiting Philadelphia on business since the last time we saw each other was (gasp) six and a half years ago at our wedding.
I must admit that two lunch dates really took a toll on me and I was exhausted for the rest of the day; I am not used to going out so much. Of course, the only way to remedy this is with extensive training which we will hopefully undertake with enthusiasm when the weather is a little more pleasant.
Alas, Sunday was spent at home, where we are most comfortable, with the girls. I also made chicken wings, polenta-crusted sweet potato fries, and a chermoula dip which deserves its own post.