Does that look amazing, or what? It's pretty simple to make: diced seedless watermelon and a seeded cucumber, finely minced red onion, minced fresh mint, crumbled feta, lime juice, salt. That's it. The flavors are so fresh and summery and delicious. The melding of the cucumber and mint and feta gives it a bit of a Mediterranean taste. Very good. I'll definitely make it again.
So, that's how my cooking day started. Next came happy hour. I have been planning to make a white sangria for the past few weeks and finally got around to it. Last week I made an amazing fruit salad with an extraordinary array of fresh fruits that took me forever to cut up: oranges, pineapple, apples, grapes, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, peaches, nectarines. I made a huge bowl of it-- far more than I knew we could eat. But, I had a plan. Freeze the leftovers to use for sangria.
After eating all we could for a couple of days, I put the rest into zip lock bags and froze them. I freeze everything. There are few things that don't freeze well so, when in doubt, freeze it and see what happens. I'm also famous for reincarnating leftovers--add something new and then make a new dish out of it. So was the case when my fruit salad met my sangria this afternoon.
I took one of my zip lock bags of fruit salad from the freezer and put it in a pitcher. I peeled and cut up a couple of fresh peaches-- I am talking really good, fresh off the tree, juicy, sweet peaches! I added a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, 1/2 cup of triple sec, about a cup or a cup and half of 7-Up, and about 1/4 cup or so of chopped fresh mint. (I'm so glad my mint is growing like crazy!). OK, I really love red sangria and love to order it every time we go to Pappasitos. I make it at home and it's amazing. Y'know what? I never, ever, ever tasted a sangria as fantastic as this white sangria I made today. You have to try it! It's just perfection. A great summer drink, but great any time. I'll make it again even thought I'm not always going to have a complex fruit salad on hand, but I'll just cut up whatever fruit I do have. I think the peaches are important.
So, while I was drinking that fantastic concoction, I decided to whip up an old standby for dinner that I hadn't made in a long time: beef stroganoff. To me, this is just one of those great comfort food meals that I don't make enough but I love it every time I do. When Jackie and Jessica were younger I made it more but as they become teens, they started complaining they didn't like it so I never made it much. I love it, though, so it's back in the rotation.
So, that's what I whipped up in my kitchen today. I hope you'll give these recipes a try. If you do, let me know what you think. Do you want me to write the recipes in a more formal way? If so, let me know. I'm more of a "a little of this, a little of that" kind of cook but I can do the recipe thing if you need it. Enjoy!