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What’s for supper? Vol. 36: The urgency of shawarma

Simcha Fisher - published on 05/20/16

Another week survived! Here’s what we had:

Grilled ham and pepper jack cheese, pickles, chips

ham and cheese

Nothing to report. Ham and cheese never gets old. I mean, as a concept. Please do not eat old ham.


Chicken shawarma with white sauce, pita, and assorted vegetables

I live in fear that, because of my shortcomings as a descriptive writer, you’re not going to realize how important it is that you make shawarma.


And it is easy, especially if you make the sauce and marinate it the night before. Here’s the recipe from the NYT. I served it with pita bread, feta, three kinds of olives, tomatoes and cucumbers, and a white sauce: plain yogurt, lemon juice, tons of fresh garlic, fresh parsley, and a little mayo.

shawarma meal

Eh? Eh? You’ll thank me, I promise!


Hot dogs, beans, hot pretzels

Sadly, I did not take a photo of this meal, so you’ll just have to picture hot dogs in your mind. Which you already are, anyway. You and your filthy eastern ways.


Penne with sausage


I did take a picture. Betcha didn’t expect there to be so much penne and sausage in this dish of penne and sausage, did you? But there was!


Korean beef bowl, rice, pineapple

korean beef bowl

Every time I make this recipe, I think, “Gee, this would be so much better if I were using an expensive cut of beef.” And then I notice that I’ve almost sprained my throat from eating this inferior version so quickly. It’s so good, so easy, so yummy. I had one of the kids grate fresh ginger and mince garlic while I was out, and I threw the rest together in a really short time. Adding fresh scallions really puts it over the top.


Chicken burgers, corn on the cob

The Aldi chicken burgers are really quite good — they are juicy and taste like actual meat. Chicken burgers with mayo make me think of Saturday evenings in college. The cook was gone, so the students would make chicken burgers, seafood salad, egg salad, and green salad. Right, Tiffany? Am I forgetting something? It was the perfect meal for people who were just staggering out of their dorms looking to recover from Friday’s hangover so they could get a new one in the works. It’s a good thing I went to a small Catholic liberal arts college, so I was insulated from worldly influences of young people from bad families, ha.



Today, we intend to have fancy ramen. I have fresh ginger and garlic, mushrooms, snow peas, and maybe some soft boiled eggs. That seems like a thing, right? It sounds good to me. I’m sure there will be a run on Corn Flakes.


So, did anyone notice I kind of forgot about the sandwich of the week thing? I saved all the suggestions from last time, but I’m still looking for something that knocks my socks off. Bonus points if it’s cheap!

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