Since it's nearly been a solid month since I've traveled away from home, had visitors or been out of sorts I'm starting to find my routine here. I am starting to compare my surroundings less and less to what was the past and develop habits and hobbies and potentially a personality of my own. The things I really have started to love up here are the beauty, the proximity to so many places, the City and all its culture and the well organized cyclist culture. I could probably think of a new activity or place to explore every weekend for countless weekends. And although that in no ways means life is whole and meaningful it is something I've come to appreciate.
This weekend was another weekend in the city. A great weekend of recharging activity, new experiences and fabulous food. Because where would my post be without talking about food :) A friend (3rd removed) I met last time I was in the city invited me to this monthly potluck he holds. This isn't just any potluck, it's a brilliantly executed potluck where each month there is a new theme and most likely new faces to go along with it. It's such a great idea, I don't know why I had never been or done anything like it before. This tradition has been built and grown for 6 years. I ventured to it with my childhood friend and it was very entertaining to see all the different faces, dishes and stories about how they had ended up being invited to this potluck. The theme this month was the anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union (20 years). Pretty creative. You had to bring a dish (or beverage) from a nation in the union. There were lots of potatoes and dumplings, vegetable and meat concoctions, breads, home made ice cream and 2 Baklavas - one of which was ours. Baklava is kind of a stretch..but really it's a staple dessert throughout the region, so who cares if it's Greek or Turkish or whatever it is.
So this is different than my normal post..where I diddy on about some extremely fabulous, flavorful but healthy dish that I throw together in my kitchen. Baklava is really a Hammer when it comes to desserts. BUTTER, sugar, nuts, filo dough, cinnamon, spices and a dash of lemon. But oh so fabulous I almost think our dish should have gone on the Savory list instead of the sweet..although that it is and then some.
|Our Baklava - a nutty, buttery sugar casserole of nuclear proportions|
|Don't ever call Baklava dry - Our Baklava could pick a fight with any of your people's Baklava|
So today was another venture back to the 'burbs from Astoria..that is after the traditional NY bagel & shmear, some Yoga and a little bit of shopping. I came back home, walked in the humid air up to Walgreens and got home to do some work and relax/have leftover Baklava and tea just before the rain hit. We are a bit fortunate here in CT because even though we don't miss out on humidity, it only seems to come just before a rain storm.
Well I couldn't leave you without at least a little shot of more home cookin.
|A quinoa, spinach(from frozen), brussel sprout, sesame seed tofu mixture with ginger and Tamari|
|Caution: will cause sticky fingers|