A toasted pita stuffed with hummus, Swiss chard, Garam masala sweet potatoes and bits of oven plumped raisins more than satisfied our late lunch appetites this afternoon. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and while it’s warming scrub and dice one large sweet potato. Leave the skin on — you’ll save yourself time and get extra nutrients, too! Take out a baking sheet and toss your pieces on top with a bit of olive oil, salt, and lots of peppery Garam masala. Bake on the hottest rack in your oven, checking every so often until you see that the potatoes are almost done (they will appear crisp and a fork will go through them easily). Take your tray out and sprinkle with raisins, then return to the oven for only two or so minutes–enough time for the raisins to turn plump and juicy. Transfer everything to a bowl. Toast your pitas directly on top of any remaining spice flecked oil left in the baking sheet. A minute or two, still at 450 degrees, will turn the bread golden and warm. Open your pitas and spread generously with hummus. Stuff with plenty of fresh Swiss chard (or other hearty green) and a bit of your sweet potatoes and raisins. If you have any yogurt, you can add a squeeze of lemon juice to it and then drizzle your pitas with the tangy sauce. We used vegan mayonnaise, though your meal will still taste great without any of the frills. Enjoy with your bare hands and in good company!
I’m between books at the moment. I had a good run for a while, but I’m now in search of my next read. I took out E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India from the library the other week, just because I love A Room with A View so much, but I’m not yet committed to reading it. Sometimes I think the books find me, and so if I just wait, I will usually stumble upon what I need to read at a given time. My daughter, however, has found a new favorite book. We can leaf through her Winnie the Pooh’s Friendly Adventures read-aloud book for the longest time. In the first short story, Pooh has run out of honey and so goes to Rabbit’s house to eat. He eats so much that he eventually becomes stuck in the doorway and requires prying out by his friends. The illustrations throughout the book are so sweet; Rabbit’s hat and scarf hang on a root protruding from the dirt wall in his den, Pooh finds a golden honey paradise inside the hollow of a tree, and he and Christopher Robin float on their backs as a happy sun smiles down upon them.
As the week comes to a close and a new one begins, I wish you all health and happiness — a satisfying lunch and a good book to read. Until the next time — W.