Food for Football and Friends

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As much as the weekend was about football, for me it was a weekend of eating and drinking. Probably too much of both and frankly at the end of the day, not unlike most of my weekends.

I also recognize that it’s good to gather together and socialize, even if the TV is on and that when my friend Carol was in the middle of talking about how her Mom was doing, I kinda wasn’t listening because I was fascinated by how hard it was snowing in Green Bay. And it probably isn’t so good for digestion to be a Packers and Patriots fan on a day when they both had playoff games, thankfully not against each other. I am simultaneously begging that that does and doesn’t happen for the Super Bowl.

Anyway we ate great food. I was out in the woods with friends and I brought Middle Eastern treats from the markets in Watertown, MA — lamejune, roasted red pepper and feta dip with toasted pita chips, and a bunch of different olives. We barely had room for our MJ’s open-faced raviolis with scallops and the leg of lamb we grilled. We managed. Downward facing dog and pigeon’s pose were a little rough the next morning at Belchertown Yoga, but, I suppose ultimately cleansing.

I learned to gussy-up lamejune from my friend Ana Sortun (she owns Oleana in Cambridge and wrote a terrific cookbook, Spice). As I said, I buy lamejune in Watertown (Sevan Bakery, Massis, and Eastern Lamejune are all great sources), but I suppose if you not as lazy as me, you might make them yourself. They are a pita type of thin bread with a smear of ground lamb, garlic, tomatoes, and spices.

What Ana taught me is to place them bread on a hot pan for about 3 minutes (you don’t want it to get brown or get too crunchy), then spoon some labne (super thick plain yogurt — you could drain regular plain yogurt for a similar flavor) on one half, and a layer of arugula (you could use watercress or other slightly bitter green). Fold in half and cut into wedges. Mother-of-pearl, is this good. And just a little different.  

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  • I love this place. They have done custom work for me, and I have bought pre-made items. All are handmade at the pottery and works of art!

  • I used to work in Watertown, and the highlight of every work day was a trip to the local markets for lunch. Once you have eaten Pita break while it is still warm, steaming in the plastic bag, you really can’t buy that stuff in the supermarket deli case. And despite the fabulous prepared foods you could buy, my favorite lunch food was the olives. There were at least ten choices of olives in each market, none of them mushy like the ones you get in a jar. Of course the dried appricots and cashews were fantastic as well. When we were feeling like we needed a little extra something to spice up a lunch, we walked to a more distant market to get “the red stuff.” I’ve never bothered to figure out what is in it — used as a dip for pita bread — for it was simultaneously sweet and salty, soft and crunchy. I still occasionally go out of my way to swing by that market to get some.

  • There is also excellent Middle Eastern food here in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, owing to our large (and longstanding) community of Lebanese.

  • The Armenian markets in Watertown are worth the trip. If you love Mediterranean food, or just want to explore some of the tastiest and more memorable foods I recommend a tour of Watertown. Annie has brought her eclectic food tastes to Yankee’s pages and our readers have been introduced to unusual and creative dishes each issue, as well as wholesome and homey New England traditional dishes.


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