Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome...
.. once again to my blog.
This month I will take on an "international theme." A majority of recent posts have been all about American comfort food, but it's true I love all types of cuisines. So this month, I will commit to blogging about non-American food. I realize this is quite an ambition for someone who blogs so sporadically. But! I will do my best.
To kick off this theme, I'd like to share a meal that was inspired by a film about excitement, intrigue, kick-ass songs, killer dance moves, and worldly adventures. A film that stands the test of time.
That's right, I'm talking about The Chipmunk Adventure.
Don't hate. You know this movie's awesome. And no, this isn't that blasphemous update starring Jason Lee.
Anyway, at one pivotal moment of the film, Theodore is husked away by the rest of the gang to have a crazy rock n' roll jumping dancing showdown thing with the Chipmunks' female counterparts and rivals, the Chipettes. Poor little Theodore, who hasn't been able to get some hearty eats the entire adventure and now has lost his delicious Mediterranean meal, desperately cries out,
"BUT MY COUSCOUS!"
And that was the inspiration for this dinner.
Lamb and Feta Burgers with Cumin Yogurt Dressing, Bob Sloan, Great Burgers
Couscous Salad with Peas and Mint, Emily Haft Bloom, Burgers Every Way
A few alterations: I couldn't find ground lamb easily (although I imagine it would have been tasty), so I used ground beef, which was still excellent. And I used yellow peppers instead of red peppers for the couscous. Because I felt like it.
That night, we ate our couscous and watched fondly as Theodore scaled the steps of the Acropolis three at a time and enthusiastically gyrated his hips with his brothers.