Fattoush Salad

At the popular Middle Eastern place a few blocks from my place, they make a really good Fattoush salad.  Fattoush consists of day-old pitas which are no longer good fresh turned into pita chips, plus chopped romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, za’atar spice mixture, parsley, and a lemony dressing.  It makes for a nice bowl of differing textures and tangy flavour from the za’atar and lemon.  Plus, it’s easy.

Fattoush
Makes 2 large salads
1/2 head of romaine lettuce, chopped into 1-2″ pieces
1/2 cup chopped and destemmed parsley
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup cucumber chunks
2 pitas, cut or torn into bite size pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
Dressing:
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp lemon juice
Za’atar spice mixture for sprinkling on salads
Salt to taste
Bring your pan with olive oil up to medium-high heat.  Dump the cut pita pieces in and fry, turning frequently, until golden brown on both sides.  When sufficiently browned and crispy, put on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb extra oil.
Mix all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl until completely blended.
Toss the lettuce, parsley, tomato and cucumber together in a large bowl.  Add pita chips and toss some more.  Add a few pinches of za’atar and salt.  Add dressing, and with tongs, ensure everything gets evenly coated.
And done.  Eat!
Oh, and this local vegan bakery, Organic Works, finally opened a storefront.  We went there and got cinnamon buns this week:

Yum!  I still prefer mine, which are more gooey and cinnamony; this was more of a drier bun with about 2 tsp of drizzle.  Still really good, though!  Just not as decadent as mine, more of a breakfast thing.  
– Crystal

Mediterranean Inspired

We had a lot of running around to do today so we made a pretty simple dinner.  Roasted broccoli and peppers (trying to use up what we had in the fridge), roasted asparagus with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, chickpeas tossed with olive oil, dill and salt and pepper, olives, and fresh pitas and hummus.

– Crystal

Sunday Lunch

Pita chips – fresh pitas cut to size and pan fried in a little oil until golden brown, then placed on a paper towel lined plate to absorb some oil before serving.
Homemade hummus – a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas, tahini (to taste), 2 cloves garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt and a little water in the food processor and blend, blend, blend.  Top with smoked paprika for a special treat.