September 15, 2015

Crispy Za'atar Fries with a Garlic Scallion Dipping Sauce

Alot of you may be wondering if I've had this baby yet, and I have not. My due date is today. I thought he was going to arrive early, but I guess he is going to show up fashionably late - like his dad. I'm not sure why I was under the impression that he was going to come early, or that my labor is going to be quick and painless and last at most 5 hours. I think every new mom tells herself that her baby is going to come early, but in actual fact, most babies usually come late. I had a doctos appointment last Friday and I was 90% effaced and 1.5 cm dilated. She performed a bizarre technique called a cervical sweeping, hoping that it would put me into labor, but unfortunately, it did not. Since then, every ache and pain, twinge and twerk, feels like labor is about to begin but then again, I am pretty inexperinced at this whole thing, so clearly I don't know what I'm talking about.

I packed my hospital bag last week, which was really weird. I was trying to pack as if I was going on a luxurious spa weekend, but lets be real. All I'm going to need is a whole lot of strength. People seemed really anxious about me getting this bag packed. Everyone kept asking - have you packed your bag? Don't forget to bring this, this, and this? I live a 5 minute drive from the hospital, which is probably why I am not that concrened. The babies car seat is installed, the bottle of champagne is ready to be packed in the cooler on ice, and Brent knows that while I'm in labor, positive words are encouraged, but gentle caressing is way out of the picture. I need him to be supportive from at least an arms reach away.

I went into nesting mode last week, where I cleaned the whole house top to bottom. I no longer give a shit about clean floors or freezer meals, and just want this baby out. We still haven't come up with a middle name, which is something we should probably get on. But, I do have an adorable outfit picked out that I am going to bring him home from the hospital in.

In the meantime, while I wait for this baby, the only productive option to kill time - that doesn't involve a lot of heavy lifting or bending, is cooking. Yesterday I made these za'atar fries because right now, all I want to eat is potatoes. Za'atar is an amazing blend of Middle Eastern spices. I have a large tub in the cupboard, and some would say that I am completely obsessed. I made a creamy yogurt dipping sauce with garlic, scallions, za'atar, and salt, to accompany these potatoes. My original plan was to make a labneh spread, but I couldn't find any in the store. I found a tub of whole milk Mediterranean style yogurt in the cooler and decided that that would be a very suitable alternative. The combination of flavors in this meal is incredible, salty, tangy, and lemony. I could eat this meal all day every day. Until I get sick of potatoes, that is.

serves 2
prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 40 minutes

1 lb baby potatoes, quartered
1 cup pearl onions (optional)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp za'atar
1 1/2 tsp salt

dipping sauce:
1/2 cup Greek or Mediterranean plain yogurt
1 clove garlic, pureed
1/2 tsp za'atar
1/4 tsp salt
1 green onion, sliced
1 tsp olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Place the potatoes and onions onto a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with za'atar and salt. Toss. Place into the oven and bake for 40 minutes, flipping the potatoes halfway.

In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, za'atar, salt, and onions. Drizzle with olive oil.

Once cooked, remove the potatoes from the oven and serve warm with the dipping sauce.


  1. I could quite happily eat this entire plate for dinner and be done with it!
    So interesting reading your thoughts in your final days of pregnancy! You must be so well and truly ready for this to happen by now and it's just a big, agonising waiting game. Wishing you all the best with the birth! Xx

  2. Coming from a woman who will NEVER get sick of potatoes, this looks beyond delicious!!! My baby came late - and not fashionably so, lemme tell you, he had to be pried out of me as he was just not in the mood to be out in the world!! I had thought he'd come early, and was very worried about it as I wanted him to be a Leo, not Cancer, you know, and whe he did not come out in July as I had been afraid he would, I started worrying that he would decide to be born very late and end up being a Virgo, which I wasn't ready for at all!! So when finaly I was admited into the hospital for a C section - huuuuuuge baby inside of me, and women in my family simply do not dilate, and then the age thing as I was over 35 - I was frantically hoping for it to be quick and he would be born a Leo. He was, and now I'm just not so sure why I wanted him to be one, talk about temper!!! Maybe a virgo would have been better, after all ;) hope you have an easy labour and that your baby is born perfect and healthy and very quickly!!

  3. I was thrown for a loop when I read that your due date is today!! I can't believe you put together this beautiful meal + took these beautiful photos on your due date! Be strong mama, baby will come soon <3

  4. sending lots of strength and positive thoughts your way,,,i feel the same way about potatoes, soo freaking delicious.

  5. These potatoes look amazing and the dipping sauce too. I wish you a health and smooth delivery! Rest ad much as you can. I know it's hard when you're anticipating baby's arrival but try, he will come! Love the blog by the way. :)

  6. BIG HUGS TO YOU, WOMAN. You got this.

    PS - I'm makin' these kickass fries tonight. <3

  7. I was two weeks late with both of mine. Nesting is an important key to getting very close. Love zaatar, I bet these are amazing!

  8. Oh man. So glad to have found your blog. It appears we have the same tastebuds. This is RIGHT up my alley. I would like za'atar right off my countertop if I had to. That stuff is good on everything.

  9. My parents neighbors are Lebanese and I grew up with them being right next to us. They make their own Zatar and always gives us some! Can't wait to try these out :) xx

  10. This looks incredible but I'm more enamored with your (bronze? gold?) silverware!! Where did you get it?

  11. I see on Instagram that Sebastian is here!!! Hip hip hooray! Congratulations, Heather. P.s. These fries look awesome.

  12. Zaatar is not a mix of herbs its just zaatar with seasme... Zaatar is the name of the plant in arabik, its from the family of oregano.

    1. I am aware that za'atar is a spice (wild thyme), but the term also refers to a herb blend including - thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, and sesame seeds.

  13. These look so incredible! I'm just amazed at how beautiful all of your photographs are.