Recently, I hosted a book club meeting for my wonderful book club “The Wormies”. In our book club, whoever chooses the book for the month will then host the meeting/book discussion. For my selection, I chose Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris. I had really high hopes for this book. The premise sounded fascinating, but in the end, I feel that it fell a bit short. And I thought it would have much more to do with cooking than it did. *hah* I think it was a well-written book and a lot of my book club members enjoyed it. For me, it was just too different from what I had expected when I read the synopsis. Sometimes high expectations can be a bad thing, hey? :)
Our book club meetings always involve a lot of great conversation, tons of laughs and….lots of food! For the meeting I hosted recently, I made my favourite cookies (Chocolate Toffee Macadamia Nut Cookies) and this delicious Mediterranean Layer Dip. Normally I bring my go-to favs – jalapeño popper dip or taco dip. But this time I decided to try something a little different. I layered hummus with some marinated artichoke hearts topped with some tzatziki. Then I loaded the dip with some veggies (red peppers, tomatoes and diced cucumbers) followed by a little bit of feta cheese and some olives to top it all off. I served the dip with some whole gain tortilla chips, but I think pita chips would have been ideal. I just could not find any at the store the day I was to serve this dip. Oopsie!
Feel free to use any of your favourite Mediterranean-inspired ingredients in this layer dip. You could add some roasted red peppers, diced red onion, some fresh chopped spinach or some fresh chopped herbs. Depending on time constraints, you can opt to make your own hummus and tzatziki (or vegan tzatziki) or use your favourite store brand. This dip is fantastic for parties and would be great to bring to a picnic or BBQ…if picnic/BBQ season ever arrives! *hehe*
Finally, I would like to thank you all so very much for your kind words of congrats on our engagement. It means a lot to us. xoxo
Source: adapted from Whole Foods website