Hello! Is today the end of the workweek for anyone? I feel like the past few days have flown by — and I’ve missed sharing a few meals with y’all! Here’s a bit of catch-up.
On the Cooksmarts front, things are going really well! We took a break when we were both traveling last week but are back on the meal-planning bandwagon now. First item on the menu: Thai curried fried rice. This was a good one!I can’t say I was surprised by how much we liked it, though. Anything that involves cashews and coconut milk is right up my alley. Cooksmarts seems to have a lot of Asian-inspired recipes, which is one reason I look forward to using the meal-planning service each month. We love Asian food, but I’m not that familiar with cooking it. That’s starting to change, though!
Blog post tangent: We ate the above meal while watching The Bachelorette. Is anyone else completely baffled by this entire season? It’s definitely THE MOST dramatic season EVER.
Second Cooksmarts adventure of the week was the pork noodle pho. And third: fattoush salad!Fattoush is a Lebanese dish that I’ve never heard of in my life. So, no idea how authentic this creation was. But it was darn good. The chickpeas were pan-fried in za’atar, a Middle Eastern herb that I’ve never used but always been curious about. I was able to pick some up at High Garden, a specialty tea & herb shop down the road. Because yes, of course East Nashville would have a specialty tea & herb shop 😉The salad was tossed in a creamy tahini dressing which was basically watery hummus (in a good way). And at the last minute, I realized that a bit of dill would be a perfect addition too.
Served with a side of unpictured pita chips for crunch And that’s it, guys! I’m off to enjoy this “Friday” and get started on the weekend. See you soon!
- Ever used za’atar?
- What’s one type of cuisine you wish you could cook well?
- The Bachelorette: Anything you want to say.