I get weird food cravings. I crave foods I've never had.
How on earth is that even possible?
But it seriously happens to me! Last month I craved celeriac (good stuff, lemme tell you), and the month before that it was roasted parsnips, and the month before that it was fish roe (holy moly this stuff is good).
I'd never eaten any of those, but somehow the idea got into my head and I couldn't be sidetracked until I'd hunted 'em down and gotten a fix.
This month, the never-eaten-but-desperately-craving was Middle Eastern food. So over the course of a week, I put together this smorgasbord:
Tabbouleh (bulgur, parsley salad with mint, cucumbers, lemon juice, red onion, and tomatoes).
Muhamarra (toasted walnuts, roasted red peppers, pomegranate syrup... I won't be craving this one again, it was pretty funky).
Hummus (okay, I've had this one before but I NEEDED it).
Baba ghanoush (grilled eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, herb dip -- I didn't need a cracker after the first taste, just a spoon and no witnesses for my feeding frenzy).
Dolmas (stuffed grape leaves... rice, olive oil, lemon juice, currants, pine nuts, mint, parsley, spices: heaven).
Falafel: fried chickpea patties... moutherwateringly delicious, especially put into a pita pocket with kalamata olives and:
Tzatziki sauce (yogurt, lemon juice, dill, cucumbers) and...
Kefir cheese (I'd drained it in a coffee filter but had no idea it could be cheese just by draining it in a cheesecloth -- SO CREAMY DELICIOUS!!).
All in all I'd say the dinner was exactly what I was craving but had never tasted. Though it was meatless, it was about as far from a penitential meal as you can get.
Stay tuned for recipes this week!