The lunch has been excellent though. Right down the street from my office is a salad bar place called "Suppe y Salate" where one can find pumpkin and pear chunks, fresh walnuts, and diced rainbow paprika among other toppings for a salad. When I'm not in the mood for that, I go for a falafel wrap at this AMAZING place Gyros Sofra around the corner where they make their own fluffy bread right in front of you, then fill it with homemade falafel, red pepper paste, hummus and tahini sauce. It's so good that I actually went there 4 times in one week but I decided to give them a break in case they think I'm weird. (Although let's be real: I'm going today.)
|Plus the guys that work there are cute Palestinians|
Anyways, although I don't usually splash out for dinner, this weekend was different. Instead of my usual bumbling around Belgrade, this weekend I stayed in to work the whole time. As a reward for staying inside despite the gorgeous weather, I decided to make something rich and delicious for Sunday dinner. Thus my creation: Tempeh and vegetables with strawberry-balsamic-mustard sauce and polenta with [not sure what kind of green this is].
|Don't be fooled by the crappy Instagram photo, this was good.|
For the sauce, I sauteed thinly sliced onion until almost caramelized. Then I added in a ton of garlic (like 4 cloves) and cooked for a minute more before de-glazing with a few splashes of balsamic vinegar. Next I added in a tablespoon each of mustard and strawberry preserves, and a tablespoon or two of water. Then I added back in the cooked tempeh and vegetables, seasoned with salt and pepper, and cooked until each piece was coated in the sauce and heated through. (Just a few minutes.)
The polenta was merely prepared according to instruction (+ a bit of nooch and soymilk) and then I swirled in this green, which is maybe bok choy, but who can say for sure?
The sauce was thick and sweet and sour and very tasty with the crunchy tempeh and browned veggies. It tasted very sophisticated with the polenta, but I must say that I gobbled it all down in about 20 seconds. Oh well. :)
It definitely spiced up a weekend in Konjarnik which was otherwise dominated by Turkish soap operas and Dutch civil law.
|Near my apartment|