The challenge of other people’s food

Whenever I’m on my own it is so hard to get motivated to eat anything other than cherrios, possibly toast, definitely ice cream. Before my friend Eva goes away for a few days, she always brings over the food from her fridge. It’s easy enought to think about what you might make from the food that you bought yourself, but taking on somebody else’s groceries is a challenge. I never buy cucumbers. What does a cucumber do to a salad? Nothing. I don’t wear stockings, and I don’t buy cucumbers. But if it’s there, you can’t just throw it away, and it’s good to make yourself think outside the box. There is a dip that I do love, that’s cucumber, yogurt, a little garlic, olive oil and lemon. One large English, or hothouse cucumber (no seeds) is grated on the large holes into a quart container of whole milk yogurt. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, the juice from half a lemon, one garlic clove minced, and a drizzle of your favorite extra virgin olive oil. If you need to thin it out a little, add a bit of filtered water.
This is a totally cool and calming, eat-it-after-yoga kind of thing,or you could sear off a seasoned skirt steak, or even a couple of lamb chops (hot pan, olive oil, salt them, the each side about three minutes), and some roasted potatoes. (chop the potatoes, season with kosher salt, toss with olive oil and roast at 400 degrees til soft, about 25 to 35 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes).

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