Have you been surprised by someone lately? I certainly have been. A typical evening of going out to dinner with friends turned into an evening filled with surprises, one right after another. I saw a side of a person I had never seen before. I have known this person for over 25 years. He is very quiet and reserved. When we dine out it is usually somewhere that fits with his very restrictive diet (no spices, dairy, sauces, etc). When he suggested the restaurant, I could tell it was Greek by the name and I figured it must have a good seafood selection or something appealing to his preferences.
A Greek restaurant it was for sure. Seafood selection? Minimal. Tasty Greek food? Check. As I am reading over the wine list (first priority) I see an explosion of napkins off to side. “Opa!” yelled the waiters. More napkins flying. “Opa!”. For any reason whatsoever the restaurant staff will throw piles of napkins onto tables filled with diners. Fun. Then the belly dancers started. The music was loud and people started dancing on the tables. It was crazy and exciting to watch.
My friend ordered a meal full of spices. We ordered several appetizers and he ate some of them all. I ordered Greek wine for us and he had more than his usual one glass. Then the restaurant started a Greek line/conga dance of some sort. My friend jumped up and joined in the line. Yes, Mr. Quiet and Reserved was Greek dancing around the restaurant. He ate desserts with butter and cream in them. It was one surprise right after the other. It was also inspiring. It is proof of how anyone can take a new direction at any time. No matter how well or how long you know someone they can always surprise you. It is refreshing and exhilarating to see it happen.
I am sharing this Spanakopita recipe to celebrate the evening. It also is for today’s Holiday Recipe Club Easter event. The HRC requirements include using one or more of three ingredients and this time they are eggs, spinach, and carrots. Both eggs and spinach are in Spanakopita, or Spank-O-Pita as my husband called it. The original recipe came from Chris on The Keenan Cookbook. As soon as I saw the post back in February I knew I had to make it. I was hooked as soon as I saw phyllo. I adapted the recipe by adding some ingredients and doubling the spinach.
Have you done anything new or different lately? Step out of the usual routine and surprise your friends. Pass on the fun of new discoveries and add freshness to both your and someone else’s life. My friend did that for me and I am so grateful.
Are you a food blogger? If you would like to participate in the next Holiday Recipe Club blog hop, go to the HRC website for more information. Thank you Erin, @BigFatBaker, for inviting me to participate in this event.
Please take the time to visit the other posts with wonderful recipes by Holiday Recipe Club bloggers. Just click on the links below. (If you are reading this in an email or RSS reader you will need to go to the post on my site to see the links to the other blogs).