for taco tuesday one week, we decided to switch it up and do mediterranean food. i wanted to make everything - so i did. i started with toasting sesame seeds to make tahini (which is crazy easy, by the way) so i could serve up some homemade hummus (which is even easier).
after i marinated the meats - chicken and beef - i pulled out the ingredients for the baklava. assembling it was quite the painstaking process - you have to butter each piece of phyllo dough as you lay it in the pan, layering them ten at a time with the spiced nut mixture in between. i think this took me the longest to make.
by then the timer i'd set for the dough to rise had gone off - so it basically took me close to an hour to make that baklava. i hoped it was worth the wait. and the pita bread dough - well, i definitely hadn't killed the yeast:
i followed the rest of the directions, dividing the dough and patting it into a pita-like shape. then i preheated my pan on the stove and made my very first pita:
the old lady and her special friend arrived at this point with the yogurt and cucumber i'd requested because at the last minute i decided we needed to have some tzatziki too. i whipped it up real quick and then we were finally ready to eat.
i gotta say...homemade pita bread is pretty amazing. warm, soft, chewy - everything you could want in a pita. never mind that i kind of killed my pan in the process somehow - it looked like some of the dough stuck to it and burned and i could not get it off for the life of me.
it's okay though. it was totally worth it. and we're definitely going to redo mediterranean night soon. repeatedly.