I’ve started a new tradition in my house stemming from the fact that on Fridays I don’t feel like cooking.
For years, when our boys were younger, my friend and I would enjoy a glass of wine or two (or three) on Fridays after school while our boys played. After nibbling, noshing and chatting we’d go our separate ways. When I toddled home around 6:30, I really didn’t feel like making dinner.
To top it off some Fridays my husband would be off doing the same; sharing a pint with someone after work.
So I instigated the Dip Dinner. My friend and I usually had some pretty nice snacks to go with our wine habit and there’d be pesto, hummus or cheese left over. I told my son and husband that I was going to put together a platter of dips, vegetables, bread and cheeses and we could all eat when we felt like it.
I received a Tagine from my love at Christmas and instead of putting the Dip Dinner on a pickle tray or some such thing, I use the gorgeous Tunisian Tagine. I cut some pita, sometimes add rice and away we go.
Last night’s dinner consisted of: nuked cubes of butternut squash, spicy rice with bottled red peppers thrown in, cucumbers, olives, hummus and Baba Ghanouj. It’s always fun. And now it’s always anticipated too.