What to get the man who is giving away everything?
As we get rid of unnecessary things we’ve accumulated during almost 6 years of married life, the last thing we need is more stuff in the apartment. I knew L’s birthday gift had to be something intangible or consumable (tickets, magazine subscription, nice dinner, etc.).
The gift: I’m packing his lunch for a month. But we’re not talking BP&J and an apple. No, this has got to be good. I did this about two years ago, and he seemed quite happy to bring it back.
The week started out with a baguette and some meat and cheese from Eastern Market. I also made some chicken shawarma, greek yogurt-tahini dip, and pitas. We’ll finish out the week with a couscous salad. I can’t say that I’m not tangentially benefiting from his gift.
My bosses reaction when I mentioned my plan: “What, you don’t always pack him a lunch?”
Click below for my adapted recipe for the couscous salad.
- 1 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
- ½ cup thinly sliced green onions
- ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- ½ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
- 3 Tbs pine nuts, toasted
- 1 ½ cups plum tomatoes, quartered
Toss gently to combine.
To prepare dressing:
Combine ¼ cup white wine vinegar, 1 ½ Tbs extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp. ground cumin, salt and pepper to taste, stirring with a whisk. You might want to double this if you make the full 2 cups of dry couscous.
Drizzle the dressing over salad; toss to combine. You can serve warm or cold.
Adapted from this recipe on CookingLight.