At least in New Hampshire, spring is not a season but a state of mind. There’s snow in the garden and a skim of ice on small ponds. Forget about pouting; it won’t do any good. Instead, buy a bunch of daffodils, put on some great tunes and cook up a great dinner for family and friends.
Start with a tasty appetizer. Take your inspiration from the warmth and sun of the Mediterranean. I discovered the joy of mezein Turkey, Greece and Israel. These small dishes are perfect with cocktails. Baba Ganoush is a definite favorite. Serve it with sliced cucumbers, peppers and pita chips. Add a few Roasted Almonds and Spicy Olives and the aps are done.
What about dinner? Start with a little crunch and a bit of spice with my Spicy Cucumber & Radish Salad. Next, enjoy my Moroccan Baked Cod. Baked with onions and olives, it’s warm and cozy. Topped with a lemony herb salsa, it is bright and bold. Serve the cod Couscous with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts.
Finish the evening with a sweet. Perhaps you’d like to try my Honeyed Apricots with Creamy Yogurt. It is sort of good for you. Or go for it with my Strawberry Shortcakes with Cardamom Cream. Local New Hampshire strawberries are months away but California berries are on sale at my local supermarket.
Stay warm and dry, have a great weekend and bon appétit!
What are you cooking this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.
© Susan W. Nye, 2016