Tuesday, June 24, 2008

TJ's helped but I made the Raita!

I came home from a stressful day of playing catch up at work to find Adrian on my stoop. Now, this is a very nice thing when you've had a not very nice day. I wish I could say it was totally unexpected, but seeing how we'd had lunch together and he'd just called to tell me he was there, it wasn't unexpected, but very nice none-the-less.

I had promised him dinner. What did I have? Not much, but Trader Joe's saved the day.
Our appetizer was their classic red salsa, mixed with sour cream and dipped into by organic white corn chips. Yum. I've been snacking on that since we moved to somewhere with a TJ's, so probably about 17 years.

For our main course, I had garlic naan and veggie biryani from TJ's freezer section. While the biryani was frying up in the pan with some shallots, we threw the naan in the oven. I whipped up some raita.


1/2 c. plain yogurt
1/3 cup grated cucumber
cayenne to taste
cumin to taste (or freshly chopped coriander/cilantro or mint)
salt to taste

It was taste-e. Not to mention that we had a Madonna dance party in between courses.

Then we made pate brisee (aka pie crust) for my Thursday night dinner fest. I'll add that recipe after that meal is made!

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