Just so you know, the tv show they play in Hell’s waiting room is “The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”. The hot dog dance is what the demons do to celebrate your entrance. Just so you know.

I may be more on edge than normal because my gym habits are askew, and MY KINDLE IS DEAD. When it happened, I heard a loud, keening noise, and it took me a few minutes to realize that it was coming from me. I felt like someone was parading a pack of puppies in front of me, forcing me to kick each one as they went by. I am now on the hunt for the paperwhite…everyone is sold out.

So, tell me, what do you think of the kindle fire? I can get that one around here, not a PW, and I NEED a new reader. I could use an ipad, but those get stolen on the train every 2 minutes. I NEED a reader.

Ok, back to what I was saying about the gym. As you know, if you’ve spent any time at all reading my blog, you know my routine is of supreme importance to me, the gym being a huge part of my routine. With hurricane bitch-ass Sandy, and my kindle dying, I feel agitated. Numerous studies I’ve read talk about how fitness as a part of a routine, and not a special event, is the way to long-term success. This is most certainly true for me, and the fact that it’s been taken from me, is making me ANGRY. Which in turn is making me feel guilty, because there are people who have lost EVERYTHING, and here I am, whining about the loss of my e-reader, and normal gym hours. I feel like a selfish twat.

Here’s the thing, I know I’m allowed to be angry, but still…so stupid. I get angry that I am angry about my pitiful loss, then I get mad over my guilt, then I get mad because I can’t fix my brain and my depression without my trips to the gym. I get mad that I feel food guilt when I don’t work out as much, and that’s even more ridiculous.

Ok, rant over. New rant. WHY OH WHY can I NOT stop eating feta cheese when I cut it up? Was I Greek in a former life? Was I meant to have a dad who sprays windex on everything? My dad puts Vick’s salve on everything, is it similar? I think both are being used inappropriately.


That’s ok. There’s feta in this recipe, and no windex or Vicks. There is also dried figs, which was my mother’s idea, and she knows I am eating my words as I type this. I told her that I did NOT think figs and feta went together….they do. Oops.

Fig, Feta, and Phyllo Strata

If spanokopita and baklava had a savory sweet bastard child, this would be it. It would also be awesome and delicious. This recipe isn’t super healthy, but it’s not super bad for you either. I used sheep’s milk feta, and butter, but in general, I could’ve added honey and MORE fat, but didn’t. It could be way worse.

fig, feta, and phyllo strata



fig, feta, and phyllo strata

by Cat Tan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: bake appetizer side snack entree kosher

Ingredients (12 servings)

  • 6 sheets of phyllo dough
  • 1 cup chopped apricots
  • 1 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1 cup chopped almonds (roasted salted)
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped feta


preheat oven to 425F

mix together chopped nuts, craisins, figs, and apricots

lay one sheet of phyllo dough in a 9″-13″ dish, leaving the excess to hang over the side

sprinkle 1/3 feta mix over the dough

place another leaf of dough over the mix, brush melted or browned butter over that sheet, add mix, repeat until done, add another leaf on top, cut in half so that it just covers to the edge, butter between each layer, sprinkle with almonds and bake for 15 minutes

let cool 10 minutes, cut and serve

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  1. seriously. gym habits askew (CHECK!) lack of ereader (NO! NO!) I can handle the former but the latter would make me nutballs. get thee one. today
  2. If we had actual stores here I'd hunt one down for you. Alas, I don't love you enough to brave wal-mart. Ever. You can't make me go in there!!!! Send maurice over with some bastard baklava and i'll consider it =) also - I cant have feta right now!? I'm positively fetal over this. tell me its an exception to this week's prep
  3. I have the original kindle fire and I really love it. Probably the only feature it's missing is the HDMI cord connection, that may be available on the newer version. I read on mine a lot and play games and web surf occasionally and I couldn't be happier with it.
  4. Despite your agitated nature, you still managed to make me want to be instant friends with you. Does your recipe help your case? Yes, yes it does. Don't feel selfish about needing a new reader, I am right there with you. Here's to hoping your days improve. :)
  5. I bought the Kindle Fire HD, used it for a week, hated it passionately and sent it back. I read & surfed on it, but had sooooo many connectivity problems that it made me ANGRY! You can convert your kindle library to nook (as I have books from both), but the Kindle might be more awesome for you than for me (also, for an additional fee, lots of books will read to you when you want them to, so you could switch from reading to being read to off & on, which is AMAZEBALLS.
  6. IPad. I'd leave my husband for it. Which is sad since he got it for me. Just growl at anyone who looks at you on the subway. And that recipe looks amazing - thanks for always adding a smile to my day. And best of luck recovering from that whore named Sandy. Quel bitch, eh?
  7. I know just where you're coming from with the crazy anger/guilt cycle of thoughts. Hope you're able to get the workouts soon. and get a reader. That's huge for me for stress relief too. And yes. That "hot dog" dance will be the death of me. Braedon = currently OBSESSED. He runs around saying "hot dog Miii-KEEEE hot dog Miiii-KEEE" all day long.
  8. I love my Kindle Fire, I got it to keep me company when I'm waiting at all of my time consuming fertility appointments. It's been a sanity saver for sure. When I go to the gym I'm an iPod only girl. To say I'm not graceful is an understatement and if I'm trying to read while on the elliptical, there is only one way for things to end and it is badly.
  9. I like my routine too so I get this!!!! I hate messing with my gym routine! I don't have a reader though & honestly, I sweat so much that I had to turn my iPad shuffle upside down cause I kept shorting it out where you plug in the earbuds... ;) I hear you also about complaining when people lost so much but we do have a right to feel bad too... it just feels wrong. Yummy recipe!

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