Once upon a time, I worked in a giant office building with a food court in the basement. And in that food court, there was a purveyor of wraps and salads designed to appeal to the starved-for-time, money-to-burn, health conscious yuppie. Among the merchant’s various offerings was a line of collard green wraps. Every time I would pass these wraps I would shake my head. To me, these “wraps” were proof that the gluten-free movement had officially jumped the shark. A few years and one career change later, here we are with Chicken Collard Wraps in our midst. And collard wraps of my own making, no less.
Just like everyone on this planet, I occasionally get lazy. Ok, maybe the word “occasionally” is too generous. Sure, sometimes I’m highly motivated to whip fairy dreams out of marzipan, but believe me, it’s definitely not the norm. I don’t have the time (or the drive) to pursue near-perfect aesthetics every day of my life. Simply put, my life is not that tidy. My life is just as imperfect, hectic and, from time-to-time, harrowing as anyone else’s. And when I don’t have the time or energy to be perfect, I thank my lucky stars for rustic-by-design desserts, such as these Raspberry Rhubarb Mini Galettes. Fruity, fuss-free, effortlessly elegant, what more could you ask for?
I have a question for you. Ready? Do you always crave popcorn when you’re in the vicinity of a movie theater? You notice that didn’t say “get” I said “crave”. I’m sure we have all demonstrated some form of will-power in the past. But is there still some part of you that is desperate for that horrible, lukewarm, mass-produced popcorn the moment you catch a whiff of it? I’m only asking because I don’t want to feel alone. I always want it, even though I know it’s an unnatural shade of yellow and swimming sodium. What’s a girl to do? Well, I figured the only way to kick my theater popcorn habit was to form a dependency on a vastly superior popcorn. So, I want you to think of today’s Furikake Popcorn with White Miso Butter as the methadone to theater popcorn’s heroin. Too dark?
This Falafel Tabbouleh Salad with Quail Eggs & Labneh exists because I haven’t had a salad on the blog since May 3rd. May 3rd! And it barely counts because it was a pasta salad. You must think I have scurvy by now. I can assure you that I don’t, I swear I get enough vitamin C, and no, I don’t rely on gummy vitamins… well, not entirely anyway. I just thought maybe we could take a break from ice cream sandwiches and creamy brie sauces, and remember that vegetables are pretty alright. So, I give you this Falafel Tabbouleh Salad teaming with flavourful herbs, juicy tomatoes, and crisp cucumbers. The falafel is fried, though – I’m not made of stone.