Hello from Barcelona!
I’ve just had the best week traveling around Spain. This morning I finally met up with a familiar face – my friend Kate. The last time I was in Barcelona was to visit her while we were both studying abroad. Let’s just say, it was a wild week – one that ended with me missing my flight back to Rome, spending a feverish (like literally, I had a 104 degree fever) 24 hours in her bed, and somehow losing my passport once finally en route to Italy. I made a promise to myself that I would exit Barcelona tomorrow morning in much better shape than the last time. I’ll let you know how that goes…
So far I was pretty good about doing my “homework” in advance of this trip. But this little ditty on Tzatziki seems to have gotten procrastinated until right now. So forgive me if I keep this brief.
Whenever I cater, I like to have at least one dip for the coffee table – usually a meze platter or crudités, really anything where you can mix and match colors and serve things rustically. Recently I’ve been really into varying the heights of the table by putting certain veggies in tall boys or tumblers.
When I was on the vineyard and my parents and I hosted a joint dinner party, I did just that with a bowl of tzatziki and some hummus my mother made. Earlier that week I spotted a fennel pesto at my favorite local market, Morning Glory Farm. I rarely buy store bought items, especially on the vineyard where I’m cooking constantly. But I thought this was incredibly intriguing – and it was. The dip was packed with fronds, and I got the idea to do something similar with tzatziki by swapping out the dill for fronds and adding fennel in addition to cucumber.
I will hopefully be eating some delicious Mediterranean things like this dip once I make it to Ibiza tomorrow. Wish me luck on making it out of Barcelona alive…or, at least, without the plague.
- 1 small fennel bulb, trimmed of coarse outer leaves, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons fennel fronds
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 small seedless cucumber, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
- ¼ cup mint leaves
- 17 ounces plain Greek yogurt (full fat)
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a food processor, pulse the fennel, fronds, and garlic until finely chopped. Add the cucumber, mint, yogurt, lemon, vinegar, and salt. Puree until the cucumber is finely chopped and the mixture is well combined.
- Transfer the tzatziki to a serving bowl. Taste for seasoning. Garnish with more fennel fronds and serve alongside grilled meats, fish, or chicken.
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