So in my optimistic attempt to tackle international cuisine, I bought Greek yogurt over the weekend (you know, in which to dip the [insert unpronouncable name here]). I had planned to make this thing involving rice, pine nuts, herbs, and grape leaves. Alas: the only grape leaves I found, when I got them home, were stuffed, and smelled like...canned spinach? Pine-sol?
So I abandoned that part of the menu.
Here's my problem: now I have a container of Greek yogurt. Does it "eat" like regular yogurt? What can I do with it? I know I could probably answer all these questions - and many more - by simply Googling it. But, I prefer to ask you, because sometimes you want a human response and not a computer response (spinoff "Twilight Zone" episode on the cruelty of machine relationship here).
Speaking of which: helloooo, when's the last time you watched "The Twilight Zone"? Those things are aMAZing. We just started checking them out of our uber-cool library (it has a comic book collection), and they're more addictive than your favorite snack food (cookies. strawberries. cocoa pebbles. cheese. let's be honest, choose one?? what was I thinking). For one thing, it's super cool to look back and note the Cold War fears (current entertainment focuses mostly on the attempt to survive. A lot of these episodes fear, not the fight for survival, but surviving - alone). For another thing, they have cool twists that you always know are coming but are difficult to predict. "Dramatic irony." And a lot are like "Everyman" morality tales. They're like black and white, robotic "Aesop's Fables." Also, they have surprisingly good actors I've never seen in anything else, and I've watched a lot of old movies and tv shows.
But lest we forget the yogurt dilemma: I hate to admit it, but I'm a little bit afraid of Greek yogurt. Probably because when I traveled to Mongolia they warned us to avoid fermented mare's milk. And I know, Greece and Mongolia are far apart, and I know, making homemade yogurt under your bed in a yurt is a far cry from buying Greek yogurt in a Whole Foods, but yogurt is NOT one of those things I feel like experimenting with. For the same reason I don't make my own cheese. Shudder.
Speaking of yogurt, there's a cool article on "yogurts of the world" - first, a round of applause for that title. Second, now I want to go to India and try mango and cardamom yogurt that's so thick you have to cut it with a knife. http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0611/p17s01-lifo.html
Yogurts of the world, unite.