Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pita Perfect

No - that's not my thread collection - but a girl can have her dreams! I was out shopping today with friends - the only way to shop. I love to shop for fabric - and I have many favorite fabric shops. I've decided to list all of my favorite fabric shops at this blog - one list, no playing favorites - they are all great - long live the independent fabric shop! Stay tuned for the listing.
I picked up this lovely little collection of fabric while I was out today - I'm hoping to have time tomorrow to create a table runner for my dining room table - big dinner party scheduled for Saturday and I'd love to have something new on the table - I cannot wait to share the menu with you for the dinner party!
For tonight's dinner it's vegetarian - Greek Salad Pita Sandwiches and a Celery Root, Carrot and and Beet Salad. First things first - I need to make pitas - yes - homemade pita - it is so easy. You can find the recipe at the King Arthur Flour website. Here are my ingredients all ready to go - I used 2 cups of all purpose flour and one cup of whole wheat flour. I love SAF instant yeast for all bread baking.
Meet my baking center - my favorite part of the kitchen!
I use my Kitchenaid mixer to mix and knead the dough - it comes together nicely.
Into the oven for an hour of proofing - my oven has a proofing setting - love it!
The magic of yeast - after one hour my dough has more than doubled!
The dough gets divided into 8 pieces,
and rolled out into 6 inch circles.
Here they are in the oven after 5 minutes of baking - beautifully puffy.
Mmmmm, yummy, puffy pita.
The dinner of many veggies - and, yes, we really eat like this.
Yes, this is edible - it is celery root, or celeriac. I love the mild celery flavor. It can be a bit challenging to peel, but it's well worth the effort.
Here is the salad - Celery Root, Carrot and Beet Salad - I used the leftover Kumquat dressing instead of the recipe's vinaigrette. I stuffed the pitas with a salad of cucumber, onion, radicchio, kalamata olives, radishes, parsley and feta cheese; and, topped everything with homemade tzatziki. I made the tzatziki using 1 cup of 2% Greek yogurt, 1 cup of diced English cucumber, 2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon chopped dill, and 1 chopped clove of garlic.
And now for the best news of the day - the snow blower came home from it's visit to the snow blower infirmary - yea! Snow prediction for tomorrow - possibly another foot - enuf white stuff!


Anonymous said...

you are too much....all that fine cooking stuff and then the joy of the snowblower. ck

Anonymous said...

Greetings from the Eastern Shore. Your beet salad looks awesome -- and homemade pita bread too. I will have to try my hand at that.
Norma Harris (former Calico Cutter)

Christine said...

Wow look at that beautiful dough! I'll have to give it a try. It is so ridiculous that we are getting more snow (I'm in Abington). At least you have a snow blower now! :) Christine

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