Thursday, July 17, 2008

Time for a Vacation?

I'm beginning to believe my taste buds are trying to tell me something. For the past two months I have not only been craving strong flavors from far away places, but I have actually been cooking such dishes. And believe me, cooking does not happen often for me. Just a few weeks ago, I blogged about spending the weekend eating homemade lentil curry. A couple of weeks later, I found myself craving a spicy noodle dish called Dan Dan Noodles. I made my own version and boy, was my mouth on fire! But it was delicious.
Then, just the other day I was craving Greek. So, I decided I would use the ground lamb I bought from the Bloomingdale Farmer's Market and make lamb soft tacos. I seasoned the lamb with salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, lemon zest, onions, garlic, chili peppers, and plenty of fresh mint and oregano. I also made use of my mini food processor, which has been collecting dust, by making a yogurt sauce. Into the food processor went onions, parsley, cilantro, a little ginger, lemon juice, garlic, and chopped kosher dill gherkins. This mixture was added to some Greek yogurt and seasoned with salt and pepper. I loaded up the tortillas first with a little sour cream, the lamb, shredded green cabbage, cilantro, and the yogurt sauce. A few squirts of hot sauce (I like everything hot!) and I was done. Of course, I had to pair this meal with something. I was recently given a bottle of Selene Merlot, 2002 as a gift and it paired wonderfully with the lamb. I popped in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, kicked up my feet, and enjoyed.
Apparently, I need to make use of my passport and go somewhere. The question is, where? Greece, India, Southeast Asia....Suggestions?

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1 comment:

SteamyKitchen said...

dan dan noodles!!!! oh i'm so craving that right now