I was in the kitchen this morning making breakfast and as I pulled out my strawberries and blueberries, I was getting sad over the fact that they won’t be in season once summer is over. I’ve kept a continuous supply of them in the house this summer and it’ll be so awkward when fall comes around and they won’t be around. My mum had made some homemade yogurt as per my request the other day and for a light snack, I filled a tea cup with some blueberries and topped it with some yogurt. It was the best, easy, light, yummy, dessert/snack! Sure going to miss it.
So last night I had a couple girlfriends over for a light dinner and late night swim. We made chicken gyros, southwest black bean salad, and homemade Oreo cookies. It barely took any time and there were no complicated steps. While I marinated the chicken and made the cookie dough, the salad was made. We had to wait for the chicken to marinate for an hour and the dough to chill for 30 min so we swam in the mean time. I attempted some Olympian Swimmer moves but it resulted in an unexpected underwater somersault with water going up my nose and having a crazy brain/nose burning sensation. A slight dent to my future as an Olympian swimmer.
Fun Fact: Gyros is a a Greek dish which means ‘to turn’ which is a calque of the Turkish dish, doner kabab (turning roast) which was invented in Bursa in 19th century.
Southwest Black Bean Salad (adapted from here)
15.5 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
9 oz frozen corn, thawed
2 hand fulls of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small hass avocado, diced
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 lemon, juice of
1/3 yellow bell pepper, chopped
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp cilantro
salt and fresh pepper
Mix all ingredients in a bowl except the avocado. Cover and chill for 30 min to marinate. Just before serving, mix in the avocado.
Chicken Gyros (from here)
1 tbs minced garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tbsp. dried oregano
Salt and pepper
1 1/4 lbs. chicken pieces (I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
Clean and wash the chicken. Pat dry. Whisk together all remaining ingredients. Once the mixture has come together, add the chicken and coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
Cook the chicken in either the broiler or in a skillet. Once the chicken is cooked, cut into small think strips. Warm some pita bread in the oven by spraying some oil on it.
On the pita bread, layer the tzatziki sauce, chicken and any toppings. We used the black bean salad. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Homemade Oreo Cookies (from here)
5 tbs unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups AP flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
In a bowl, whip together the sugars and butter for couple of minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla till smooth. Add in all remaining dry ingredients and mix with either a spatula or hands. Once it forms into a cohesive ball, half the dough and wrap it in saran-wrap to refrigerate for 30 min.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Take out the dough and roll it out in between to layers of wax paper to about 1/8″ thickness. Using any size cookie cutter (I used a shot glass), cut out circles and transfer to a cookie sheet. Bake cookies for 8 min and let them cool on a cooling rack.
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Whip the butter until fluffy. Add in remaining ingredients until combined.
Once the cookies are cooled, place some frosting onto the bottom side of the cookie. Top with another cookie. Repeat until all cookies have been sandwiched. Refrigerate till icing is set.