On more than one occasion, I’ve walked past the deli counter green with envy over the variety and quality of the salad offerings. There’s something magical about the thin slices of cucumber, the finely shredded vegetables, and the perfectly-positioned garnishes.
This particular cucumber salad came to be after seeing a deli-style cucumber salad for sale at Costco. It was a great idea, but had about as much sugar as a candy bar and preservatives. This has neither of those downsides, and has a crunch, spice, and flavor that is a winner. We know you’ll enjoy this salad.
Did you know that figs are a flower, not a fruit? It’s actually the “infructescence” or “false-fruit” in which the flower and seeds are born. Fruit or not, I think figs are delicious! If you pick them a little green, they are plump, firm and almost savory or tart. Pick them once they’ve ripened to a deep purple, they are soft, luscious and incredibly sweet.
This salad plays the sweetness of the figs against the peppery arugula and subtly sharp red onion. The walnuts add a nice earthy flavor and crunch. The creamy, slightly cream-cheesy dressing rounds out the whole thing. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Have I mentioned that we have a fig tree? Two, actually! But one is still a baby. The mature one started bearing beautiful, plump fruit in mid-August and it keeps on giving. On Saturday of this past weekend alone, I picked 31 fresh figs! I gave most of them away to neighbors, but I experimented with some in our kitchen as well. (True story: My second experiment did not fare well but I hope to perfect it soon!)
Thankfully, this super easy treat was a success—it’s almost hard to go wrong with delicious, fresh fruit and coconut milk—you may to our Meyer Lemon Chia Pudding. The orange zest, married with the slight tang from the skins of the fig fruits, along with a thinner consistency remind me of yogurt. So, that’s why I’m calling it a “yogurt.” Enjoy it as breakfast on-the-go, a refreshing snack, or light dessert. Whatever its name, whenever you eat it, I think it’s really quite good and I know you will, too!
As you may have noticed from our posts on social media, we bought a house in December and that house came with wonderful things growing in gardens all around the yard. In addition, quite a few of our neighbors have plots at a local community garden. A couple of weeks ago, our neighbors harvested more tomatoes, jalapeños, eggplants, and other vegetables from their plot and they kindly shared their bounty with us. I cannot explain to you how delicious the tomatoes were! That said, this recipe is all about the eggplant and jalapeño.
As soon as we saw the eggplant, we knew we wanted to make something special with it. Brent loves the heat that jalapeños add to any dish, so of course we had to incorporate them. We hope you enjoy this twist on the traditional eggplant dip, Baba Ghanouj, as much as we did!
The world has a funny way of getting smaller and smaller as you get older; before you know it, you’re connected with people personally and professionally that would have boggled your younger self. In this instance, a roommate of mine from a job training some 3 years ago now happens to work for Blue Apron. We’ve tried a couple of meal delivery services before, and have been impressed across the board by their ingenuity, and applaud the idea of bringing convenience and quality ingredients to those who feel they don’t have the access, time, or capacity to make meals on their own. When I received a surprise invitation to try Blue Apron, I was excited to give it a shot.
One of the dishes in our box was a pan-fried catfish with a cajun slaw. I’ve never been particularly adept at pan-frying, and the words catfish and YUM did not have a strong correlation in my mind. That said, I was blown away by this recipe, and the slaw sealed the deal. Today’s recipe is an homage to that fantastic salad.
Blue Apron has not created paleo-friendly ordering options yet, so we did a fair amount of adapting their recipes to our preferences. If they go that direction, we’ll strongly consider signing up. The convenience and variety of the options available are fantastic.