The tastes of spring in a delicious dish.
Ever since the election in November I’ve had a hard time looking inward. Normally an introspective person, I’ve been so focused on the changing sea of the political landscape, that there have been times when I felt worn out. Don’t get me wrong―I’m still a committed member of the resistance―but there are days I have to remind myself that it’s okay to think about something else for a while. It’s okay to join with others around other topics. That it’s okay to take a break.
Thanks to my husband, I just did. We had a loving walk on this sunny day with our puppy who was more focused on chasing leaves than heeling to his owners. And that’s okay―even puppies deserve a break now and again. The fresh air, holding my husband’s hand, and simply being was both rejuvenating and liberating.
What do you do when you need a break?
Cooking and eating with others is another way I rejuvenate myself each day. Based on several recipes put together from Small Victories by Julia Turshen, this dish of Lamb Patties with Herb-Yogurt Sauce and Carrot Salad is filled with the tastes of a spring day. Ground lamb is mixed with fragrant fresh herbs—dill, mint, and chives—and formed into small patties that are lightly fried in olive oil. Topped with a cool yogurt sauce to provide a nice balance to the hot lamb, and accompanied by a lightly sweetened carrot salad, this dish is the basis of a light lunch or dinner. Enjoy it with some chilled wine, a loaf of bread, and a cheese platter for dessert. Fill your belly and your soul with this remarkable meal.
I look forward to seeing you in my kitchen, gathering flavors, soon.
Click here to find the recipe for Lamb Patties with Herb-Yogurt Sauce & Carrot Salad.
Ingredients can be found at the Norwich Winter Farmer's Market and the Hanover Consumer COOP.