I’m not quite through this week’s menu, but I thought I would share some of the successes that I’ve experienced so far.
I love it when you have a couple of things on your menu that have simular ingredients so nothing goes to waste, but they aren’t exactly the same. That’s what happened with the Grilled Chicken Bánh Mì and the Cold Noodles. They both came out great. I used buckwheat soba instead of rice noodles and I thought they were so yummy. I also came across the perfect rolls for the Bánh Mì from North Park Produce.
I love North Park Produce. I always have fun when I go there. I was making some pretty tough decisions over on the bread corner when a super adorable Greek grandma asked me why I had chosen the whole wheat pita that I put in my cart. I told her I had tried the one that she was holding and it didn’t have enough tooth for me and I thought the this one would. She put her’s back and picked up my choice. Made me feel pretty good.
Plus then I came home and made myself that Manakeesh Ultimate, which I will be repeating. It was so easy. I have a ton of Za’atar spice mix and was thinking…what the hell am I going to do with all this? Manakeesh Ultimates for lunch is the answer I came up with. Toast pita, spread Labne Kefir Cheese, Mix Za’atar with olive oil, spread over Labne, add olives and mint. I didn’t have tomatoes on hand, but if you do add them. Yum.
I also think I’ve perfected my burger this week. Finally making the patties thin enough with the smaller brioche buns from Whole Foods, so that the bread ratio isn’t overwhelming. The rest of the this week’s menu consists of Freekeh Salad from Salad for Dinner, Niçoise Toasts, and I’m attempting Blake’s pizza crust (finally dragged my butt down to Mona Lisa for the correct flour).
What are you chowing down on this week?
images via: sunset magazine, city kitchen, me, and bon appetit
julia wheelerJuly 5, 2012 at 9:20 AM
replicating mama's lebanese?! you're my hero. hey, if you feel so inclined to take pictures while you make that, would you want to use it as a guest post on The Post Social (my other site?) let me know. julia (at) thepostsocial (dot)(com). sorry for the annoying formatting… pinche spammers.
blakeJuly 5, 2012 at 9:34 AM
oh, look at you go. meal-planning all this delicious stuff. I'm inspired, and so stoked you ventured into pizza land! Hope they were delicious. And, I seriously love the Greek grandma-type interaction. That kind of stuff makes my day, especially when they share some mysterious food/life/whatever wisdom.
ColleenJuly 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM
Josh must be so excited that you're back on bread! I am jealous… but will still be able to make some of these recipes with my substitutions. Thanks! I'm still stuck in boxes– so no time to meal plan…
his little ladyJuly 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM
oh my goodness, this food looks absolutely delicious!!
i'm needing to eat something right about now!
katie//salt+pineJuly 23, 2012 at 4:24 PM
Aw man, I wish I could tell you what we've been chowing down on lately, but I think it would be embarrassing. (Although maybe Top Pot doughnuts and fresh strawberries in the field sound like summer fun?) I'm trying to stay off the computer while the kids are out of school but I think I need check in with you more often…I need to copy all of your meal planning!!
Hope you are doing well, Desi & are having a great summer. 🙂