since i'm skipping town for the summer the stuff that's accumulated in my kitchen needs to get used up. this is a totally random meal i pulled together the other day that turned out surprisingly well -completely recipe free. the gi-normous mound you see occupying space in the center of the plate is cous-cous i cooked in, get ready: orange juice, vanilla soy milk, tahini, dried apricots, raisins, pistachios, lemon zest, thyme and a dash of clove for good measure. then there is the red pear and persian cucumber simply diced and crowned with generous hunks of feta. the darkish pile hanging out on the side is baby eggplant and dandelion greens sautéed with shallots and a balsamic reduction. to finish, i topped everything with some chopped cilantro i had on hand. if i had mint it may have worked even better. i liked the freshness the herb added to this relatively sweet with a dash of savory meal - a middle eastern-ish feast if you will.