All around the internet, there are these wonderful New Year’s posts reflecting on the New Year and providing some gorgeous photos and recipes. I have hummus and pita for you. To be fair, I did make this for the small gathering I had last night, but neither of these are glamorous “ring in the New Year!” types of foods. On the other hand, I had successfully made pita bread earlier this week, so I went for round two last night. It tasted awesome, but I haven’t gotten to the point where the pita poofs up gorgeously and I can use it for sandwiches.
Isn’t that just the ugliest tomato? I know…with all the beautiful ‘perfect’ fruit that you can find in the grocery store, why would you buy the ugly stuff? I have a theory–the uglier the fruit or vegetable is, the better it tastes. Why? Well probably because it is grown by someone who cares about their product and will perhaps forgo shininess and perfection for taste. I remember studying abroad in London for a semester and being completely turned off by the produce in the grocery store since it looked so ugly and mangled. Then I realized that I probably couldn’t spend 4 months without produce and picked up a package of peaches. Let me tell you, they were the best things I had ever tasted! From then on, I realized that they sell crap in the grocery store if it’s off season and that ugly produce means better taste. Granted, this is not always true, but it’s served me pretty well.
Our condo is finally presentable, so we did what any logical couple did and threw a housewarming party. Unfortunately, there was so much excitement and fun at the party, I didn’t get any actual pictures of the party, so you’ll have to take my word for it. I definitely have a fun time playing hostess (though cleaning up the next morning–not so much). Even with playing hostess though, I decided to take advantage of my talented friends and make it a potluck so I wouldn’t be in the kitchen all day. I knew that there wouldn’t be enough chairs for a fussy sit down meal, so I decided to make a couple of finger foods for people to graze on the entire night. read more »