It took me a very long time to realize that I should make spanakopita at home. It’s one of those things that is so easy to replicate in a successful way but it just never crossed my mind. I committed to making it and bought tons of spinach and then couldn’t find the phyllo dough anywhere. I don’t know why it was so difficult to find. I suspect that most of the places that I went to had it but that it was hidden somewhere in the frozen section and I just kept walking past it over and over again. Eventually though, a helpful employee pointed me to the right aisle and I was off on my spanakopita adventure.
As I mentioned in my last post, I was in Vancouver last week. While there were many awesome things about visiting, one of the things that I forgot (or repressed?) was how many restaurants I love in that city. I only lived in Vancouver for about two years, and for a good chunk of that time, I knew I was leaving. I find that I approach a city in a completely different way when I know I am there for a limited period of time. We just didn’t put off things that we wanted to do in or around the city and that included trying a bunch of different restaurants. Instead of having a few ‘go-to’ places we tried new ones pretty often.
Two of the things that I miss over the summer are pomegranates and persimmons. Pomegranates are a staple in my home when they are in season. I usually de-seed a couple at a time and keep the seeds in a bowl in the fridge. There is nothing as satisfying as popping those, juicy, tart, delicious seeds in your mouth a spoonful at a time. Until recently, I have never even used them in any cooking, they are that good raw. Persimmons on the other hand are a newer discovery. When I was in London, my friend from Germany told me it was her favourite fruit. I have never heard of them before, let alone tried them but once I did I was sold.
So, I don’t know if you have heard but it’s Thanksgivingukkah this year! I didn’t think that the spelling around Hannukah could be even more complicated, but Thanksgivingukkah has really outdone itself. Basically, it is the very rare occasion that the Jewish holiday of Hannukah is on the same day as American Thanksgiving. From what I have read (and I have not double checked these calculations myself, so don’t hold me to this!), the last time this happened was in 1888 and it won’t happen again for 78,000 more years. So basically, it’s time to celebrate (and eat lots of food)!