One lovely Sunday, life was normal.
A lazy morning, a BBQ lunch and a delicious dinner.
Then came Monday morning...
How the tables had turned.
My husband was ill.
The stomach flu we thought.
But after some hours had passed and symptoms worsened,
we realized this was not a simple 24 hour bug.
The next 10 days would be spent in the hospital.
First, an intestinal blockage.
Then kidney failure.
Thankfully after many days of precision care,
what felt like a million tests and many types of antibiotics,
he avoided surgery and gradually made his way back to health.
He is moving slow, but thankfully home again with us and on the road to a full recovery.
Somewhere in there I had a birthday...
the only celebration, was that it was the day that my husband was finally able to come home.
The best gift ever!
A soft food and low fiber diet for him, led me to choose a simple celebration dessert.
but with the refreshing addition of the zest and juice of half an orange.
It was creamy and tart, with just a hint of sweetness.
A delicate, crispy, almost shortbread type crust.
Light and refreshing.
The perfect sweet ending to a very trying two weeks.
Labne or labneh is a strained soft cheese made from yogurt.
It is easily found at international markets and in some well stocked supermarkets.
Plain Greek yogurt could be used as a substitute if you can't locate labne.