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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Vegetarian Feast - Eggplant Chick Pea Stew Recipe (Bitinjan mah Humus)

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Chop one onion coarsely and cook in 0.5 cup olive oil until golden. Add 0.5 cup cooked chick peas and one large eggplant cut into 1" cubes (I used the tiny eggplants you find this season in many Indian produce stores and just cut them in half without even peeling them).

Add salt, pepper, cinnamon, 4 large diced tomatoes and 0.25 cup tomato paste.

Cover and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy with some green Lebanese olives, radishes and pita bread.


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Vegetarian Feast - Zucchini Casserole Recipe (Koosa Matboukh)

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Wash four Lebanese Zucchinis (those are light green coloured and can be found in Iranian or Indian produce stores in Vancouver).

Cut zucchinis into 0.5 inch slices and place in a casserole dish.

Combine 3 cloves crushed garlic, 2 Tbsp fresh chopped mint, 0.25 cup vegetable oil, 0.5 cup water, salt and pepper and pour over the zucchinis.

Bake in a 375 oven for 40 minutes. Enjoy with yogurt, hot or room temperature. 


Monday, 16 June 2014

Vegetarian Feast


Every day or so I hear a little voice in my head that says "poor little chicken" or "poor little sheep".

So I listened and decided to serve my guests tonight a fully, 100% vegetarian, if not vegan, Lebanese feast.


After the appetizer spread, 3 vegan dishes were served: Zucchini casserole, Eggplant Chick Pea stew and Spinach with Rice.


And if you tune back the next three days, I will be posting the recipe for each of those 3 dishes. Enjoy!


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Simple Spicing Weekend - Sunday

As I explained yesterday (Read Simple Spicing Weekend - Saturday), this weekend is about simple cooking.

Among the many gifts in the cupboards, there was this lovely 'grey' sea salt as a gift from France.

It was time to use it.

Lamb shanks, potatoes, a can of tomatoes, garlic, peppercorn, vegetable broth, bay leaf and some parmesan cheese.


Mix and throw in the slow cooker all day for a delicious, not too salty, lamb shank stew.


 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Simple Spicing Weekend - Saturday

A weekend of simple dinners.

But simple does not mean tasteless.

My cupboards are filled with spices and condiments that I receive as gifts so it was time to tackle the stock.

Tonight's was a jar of Greek Spices. What to do with it was easy - Greek Chicken and Potatoes.

I simply mixed chicken, potato chunks, The Greek Spices, lemon and garlic.

Threw all in a baking dish and baked a delicious simple dinner.



Friday, 13 June 2014

Knock Knock

One Friday afternoon, after a long week, all I wanted to do is to do nothing.

I poured myself a glass of rose syrup juice (now that could be a whole blog story) in my best gift ever cat glass and sat pondering what to make for dinner.

Knock knock, I hear. 

Who's there, I say.

It's your dear lovely neighbour bringing dinner.

The joy of having my dear lovely neighbour as a neighbour


And there you have it - a full summer picnic spread with a spicy shrimp dish,


a spicy vegetables dish,


and a rice spiced up with mustard seeds and curry leaves.


Your timing could not have been more perfect my dear lovely neighbour - thank you!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Saskatoon Cooking

Coming home after the lovely Saskatoon trip, I was craving more.

Luckily I have this wacky book - From Saskatchewan Homemakers' Kitchens.

It is a hand written replicated recipes from your average home makers' recipe boxes with great content.

The one I chose was a Chicken Pot Pie. A simple recipe (see ingredient list below) that came out hardy and delicious.




cook the chicken and separate into pieces

cook the vegetables in the chicken broth

Mix all together and pour into a buttered casserole dish

make a dough to cover and bake.


Served at somerville kitchen with an avocado tomato salad.