Today, for some reason, all I could focus on was the order in which she did things.
So.... start cooking the minute rice and chicken. That's done. Now make the veggie side, while the starch and main get cold on you. While that cooks, start making the appetizer. Then make the cocktail. So, the time guests arrive, the cocktails will be cold, the appetizer will be room temp (edit to add.... and, it'll be all soupy and watery by then since Sands didn't drain the cucumber at all), and the main meal that has been sitting on the counter for 30 minutes will be as cold as ice. Attenshun to detail!!!!
Whoot... Sandys mad cutting skillz as she chopped the eggplant and the pita. And yes, I do make whole wheat pita chips for parties a lot of the time, and yes, when you don't have MV behind the scenes doing all the real work, you cut them a few at a time unless you want to be cutting pita all night.
Sandy lies! Sandy lies!! Yes, there is
a way to get pre-grated cucumber at the store, already in yogurt. And at least in the Chicago area, there are some makers of "gyros sandwich kits" at the reg'lar groshury store, and they also sell pre-made tzatziki. And RobertBlue
, as long as it's good greek-style yogurt, cucumber and yogurt is delicious. I actually drive for 15 minutes, past at least 4 other places that serve gyros, to go to one place that uses greek yogurt in their tzatziki.
Edited by VNutt, Sep 22, 2007 @ 11:49 AM.