Are you starting to get cozy? Cause I'm waiting for the cozy weather to start.
Summer definitely has its perks. The long strolls on the beach. The endless sunny days when dinner ends when it was still light out. Chasing after the ice cream man (which on the beach, constituted a cooler attached to a wagon). The neon colors. Actually the neon was probably the best part.
However, I don't know about you, but it is always SUCH a relief when the shoobies (or beach tourists, but I like to think like a local) finally left and the road congestion dropped by two-thirds. Living by the water meant the temperature stayed above sixty degrees well into November, which meant roaming the boardwalk when there is NO ONE there. I actually went this weekend with my mom and it was pure bliss. No little kids running around. No insane people trying to feed french fries to seagulls and then telling the police they pooped on them. And then, the best part: NO LINES FOR CUSTARD.
This weekend, I most definitely got my swirl on.
This weekend, I also happened to get Michael Solomonov's new book Zahav. It's always nice to treat yourself once in a while, no? This book, dear friends, is amazing. I am not being paid at all to say this, but I have already tried 2 recipes out of here (the roasted okra and the eggplant salad) and I am absolutely in love. I have always had a love of Middle Eastern cooking. I practically lived off of hummus and pita at one point and, when I ate meat, schwarma and kofta were my favorite foods. This salad is the quintessential Middle Eastern/super fresh and herby salad of my dreams. It is in a way inspired by the book, surprise surprise. Delicious roasted (or, if you can, grilled!) eggplant supports the powerhouse of protein aka the lentil. Pomegranate seeds are sprinkled over the whole thing, providing a sweet brightness with just a pop of acidity. Nothing to me screams fall to me quite like a pomegranate. Yeah I know that pumpkin gets all of the attention, but here me out. Pomegranate is . Plus, once Thanksgiving hits and the pumpkin dies, the pomegranate rules on to carry us to spring.
SUCH a superhero of a fruit!.
The whole salad is doubly dressed (so double the fun, amiright?) The lentils are tossed in lemon juice and olive oil and a yogurt tahini sauce served on the side to smear all over the whole thing. Let me reiterate this a thousand times that YOU CANNOT skip out on the tahini yogurt sauce. I want to slather everything and anything with its rich and creamy goodness. The stuff, honestly, that dreams are made of.
Za'atar Eggplant and Lentil Salad
23. Recent Grad. Human Vegetable Disposal. Putting the Chic in Chickpea.