Saturday, October 13, 2012

Getting my appetite back

About 2 weeks ago I declared to two of my closet friends that after two of the most difficult years of my life, I was deciding to only eat comfort food until further notice.  This resulted an immediate phone call from my bestie that began with me ugly crying on the phone (thank goodness I was home alone), and ended with me laughing and somehow promising that I would not dive head first into pan of mac & cheese.  Never the less, I still want and need comfort food right now.  As much as I love mac & cheese, pot roast & mashed potatoes, and brownies; I also happen to find things that are rather healthy comforting also.  So in an effort to keep my promise I’m attempting to eat food that I find comforting that are also healthy.

Inspired by Luisa Weiss’s new book My Berlin Kitchen, this week I made myself a little bit of home in a bowl – Aegean style cucumber salad.


1 English cucumber

Cherry tomatoes

Kalamata olives

Feta cheese

Olive oil

Red wine vinegar

Kosher salt

Fresh ground black pepper


Wash cucumber and tomatoes.

Cut off ends of cucumber, slice in half into half-moons and slice.  I don’t like my slices too thin.   Slice tomatoes in half.  Drop all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl or storage container.  To the bowl, add the olives and feta.  Season with salt and pepper and dress with olive oil and vinegar, and mix.

I haven’t given any proportions; this is really a cook from the gut kind of salad.  The thing to remember here is you want a balanced dish so add ingredients accordingly.


You can of course eat this upon first making, but no worries if you make a lot, it gets better over a couple of days.

In addition to being a great comfort dish, this simple little salad has helped me get my appetite back after months of eating junk food that’s left me feeling sluggish. 

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