Main Entry: ser·en·dip·i·ty
Etymology: from its possession by the heroes of the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
Don't you love it when you get a taste for a particular dish and - against all odds - discover you actually have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen? I am the sort of person who usually buys feta cheese because my husband likes it and then promptly forgets about it until it has long passed its shelf life. So it was quite a happy surprise to me when I discovered that I had all the ingredients (or at least all the ingredients we like best) for a Greek Salad in our fridge on Sunday evening. As you can see in the image here, we like the following elements in our salad: lettuce, tomatoes, slices of red pepper, spring onions, feta cheese and a drizzle of our best olive oil. ("You spent HOW much on that oil?" "Umm...about thirty euros..." "Thirty euros???" Long silence. "It's really good...")
One departure this time: I also had a fresh fennel bulb in the bottom of the vegetable drawer, so I sliced some v-shaped chunks of fennel and added them to the mix. This elicited a yelp from the Critic: what is THIS? Followed by a grudging: well, actually, it's not too bad, kind of grows on you...
So there you have it: a perfect Sunday dinner for a couple who brunched with friends to excess on Sunday afternoon.
A final note: there is just enough Feta left for me to make another helping of the Egg, Feta and Sage sandwich that Barrett wrote about. I tried it for the first time this weekend and it's absolutely delicious!