Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).
Yesterday was my turn to host our weekly Mah Jongg game and I was happy to do so. I was really looking forward to serving this Mediterranean lunch since it does feel as if the sun is actually out again after the horrid winter. Recipes will be posted tomorrow but in the meantime, here are some pictures of our lunch and some hands played from the new NMJL 2014 card.
This was such a fun lunch to prepare. The homemade hummus (so much better than store-bought and so easy to make!) was yummy – right before everyone arrived I drizzled some Sriracha and some olive oil on it and a few toasted pignoli. The feta cheese had some olive oil and pepper on it and then some thyme leaves. And, at the last moment, I sprinkle some minced parsley on the homemade Tzatziki (again, a really easy recipe). The pita triangles were toasted for about 10 minutes until they were crispy and delicious.
Since yesterday was my turn to host our weekly Mah Jong game and the weather is going “polar vortex” (a fancy way to say that it is really, really cold!), I decided to serve a true cold weather lunch. Using recipes from the Barefoot Contessa, I made her body-warming Tomato Soup. So easy and so delicious.
I needed something to serve with the soup and then I remembered an episode of Barefoot Contessa on The Food Network in which she had tried many different ways to make grilled cheese sandwiches but had finally come up with what she called “The Ultimate Grilled Cheese.” I thought that would be a perfect complement to the tomato soup so I brought out the panini maker (why I own this I really don’t know – I think I have used it all of once before) and made those sandwiches. Continue reading →