we’re here in MAY and i just can’t believe how the time is zipping right along. i need help existing in the present a bit more… you know, not obsessing over making things better, more fulfilling all the time. it’s a beautiful thing to have goals and dreams and plans of course…but not when they take the place of living in the present.
this year i’ve made it a priority to make the weekdays more fun. because as we all realize, we can’t possibly live a happy life if we reserve joy for two measly days a week. one of my favorites, of course, is cooking a big dinner for two or three or more. Nothing fancy, of course, as I have one hell of a commute and can’t put that kind of pressure on myself. But something filling and healthy and fun to eat will do the trick.
Our friend Mike stopped by yesterday and I pulled together all the remains of our CSA, combined with a couple last minute store bought items (pita and olives) and pantry staples and created a Turkish Köfte Sandwich feast.
The base, Köfte, are simple lamb meatballs we first had in Istanbul .For toppings I set out:
- feta cheese (from a big block i store in the fridge)
- mixed olives
- thinly sliced cucumber with dill and red onion
- red and yellow tomatoes
I heated up some pita bread and in the meantime we snacked on pita chips and carrots dipped in hummus.
The trick is, of course, to make the dishes and foods that come easy to you for a week night meal. What are yours?
To make the Köfte (meatballs):
You will need:
1lb ground organic lamb (great prices at Wegmans)
2T chopped red onion
2-3 T chopped dill
1-2 T olive oil
spice combination of : salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, chili powder*, nutmeg, cloves*, sumac – a few pinches of each. Easy on the * items.
Combine all ingredients in a big mixing bowl and mix with your hands. Form into small meatballs (1 lb will make about 20). Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Wash your hands well and preheat oven to low broil. Broil for about 10 minutes, flipping half way through and watching closely (all ovens are different). Serve warm or at room temperature.
Past posts on my CSA: here .