Month of July: “Purple Citrus Sweet Perfume” Recipe: Zucchini Moutabel

“The simple lack of her is more to me than others presence.” Edward Thomas

This recipe is from a restaurant in Damascus and is a simple dish to make. A moutabel, I just learned, is a dip like baba ganoush to be served with warm pita bread and/or meat. Instead of being made from eggplants, this one is with zucchinis.

I thought about simple things and remembered times past when Abby and I would do projects together or I would watch her create something wonderful. She was happiest when she was creating. She had focus, she had steady attention, she had simple presence. Presence is a real gift and she was gifted.

Ingredients: 3 medium zucchinis, 1/4 cup olive oil, juice of 1/2 lemon, 2 tablespoons of tahini, 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

Slice the zucchini lengthwise as thin as possible. If you have a mandoline, that works. Fry the zucchini in the oil in large skillet for about 1 minute on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towel. Roughly mash the zucchini in a bowl with the lemon juice, tahini, yogurt and parsley. Season. Serve with pita bread or as a side to chicken or fish.

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