If last week’s topic was a challenge, this week’s is even more so! I don’t cook much – not because I can’t, and not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have to. When hubby and I divided the labor thirty-odd years ago, he decided to be the chief cook in our house. The main reason for that was because he got home from work three to four hours before me. Besides, his job required him to get up so early in the morning that if he waited for me to get dinner ready he’d be sound asleep by the time it was on the table. The only time I cook is when he’s sick (which isn’t often) or when he’s not home (which is even less often). So a favorite recipe was really hard for me to come up with.
My time in the kitchen is usually limited to making dessert. And since I have firmly waged war on my spare tire, dessert-making has come to a screeching halt. Now I just cut up veggies and fruit for my snacks, and set aside my portion of the main course before it gets smothered in whatever kind of sauce hubby prepares.
My go-to veggies are cucumbers and tomatoes. Since hubby is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, he often forgets to include a vegetable for our meal. I’ve gotten used to this and try to stay prepared. Greek Salad is a quick and easy addition to a meal. In fact, it’s so easy it seems silly to call this a recipe, but here goes:
(makes two large servings)
1 medium tomato, cut into cubes
1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into pieces similar to tomato
¼ medium red onion, cut into thin slices
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
a bit of oregano
Most recipes call for kalamata olives, but since I don’t like those I leave them out.
Combine veggies and cheese. Combine olive oil and vinegar and pour over the top. Garnish with oregano.
That’s it! My kind of recipe. Cut, mix, eat. The picture below is what it SHOULD look like when it’s done.
What’s on your menu tonight?
Side note & promo: I ate a LOT of Greek Salad during my trip to Greece in 2008. My youngest daughter did a study abroad on the Greek Island of Paros, and of course I had to go and make sure she was okay! After I got home, I decided to write a story set there, and in 2012 Astraea Press released Aegean Intrigue. If you click on the book cover you can read more about it!