Saturday, February 21, 2009

Waiting for summer-

The warm weather this week has me dreaming of spring.. and summer.. and local veggies..

I'm tired of tomatoes from Mexico and grapes from Chili. I want a tomato that hasn't travelled across the continent to get to my kitchen. However, when I saw these beauties I was swayed. Local they're not, but I rationalized that California is closer than Mexico. I know, whatever helps me sleep at night. Anyway, what's bought must be eaten and Finn and I are putting a good dent into our "'matoes." I put together one of my favourite summer staples this weekend-

Greek Salad-

Veggies (I'll tell you what I did, you can vary the amounts according to how much salad you can eat and what your favourites are. This makes a good-sized batch). Dice the following (not too big, not too small):
3 or 4 medium-sized tomatoes
1 cucumber, peeled
1 red onion (this may be too much if you aren't a huge onion fan)
1 yellow pepper
1 green pepper
olives -some may consider this optional but I don't. If you really hate olives could you please just pick them out for the sake of the rest of us? I'll leave the amount and the type to your discretion.

Feta cheese - as much as you've got. Well, maybe a cup of crumbled cheese. See what that looks like and, with my blessing, add more if you feel thus led.

Dressing, combine the following:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (you could use wine vinegar instead)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dried oregano (or 1 T fresh if you have it)
1 tsp sugar (optional, but just to take the edge off the lemon)

That's it. stir it all together. And voila, you've got a great side-dish to your chicken souvlaki and enough left for lunch tomorrow.


  1. Hi Haley & Rachel - I've been enjoying your blog!! You've posted a ton of great recipes...and photos. (Always essential for a food blog).

    Bev Knight :)

  2. We made some on Sunday...yum. I should get Gary to do a food blog. Well, basically it would be me doing a blog of his food but ya, you have inspired me.

  3. Oh ya, do you have a favourite healthy muffin recipe? i find that it is a great snack/breakfast when I'm super busy. I like the Morning Gloy type muffin (with apple and carrot) and have been trying to use whole wheat flour and bran and less sugar. Just wondering:)

  4. Hey Louise - funny you should mention the Morning Glory muffin - I became obsessed with finding a lower fat version about two years ago.. I recall that the final product was great but I haven't tried it since. Thanks for the reminder, I'm on it!

  5. And yes, Gary should have a food blog!