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September 18, 2010

Irma’s Amazing Eggplant Mush

This is a delicious Georgian specialty, one of my absolute favorites…this is my teacher’s recipe, and it’s one of the best!

1 kg (approximately) eggplant
1 cup walnuts
1 clove garlic
1 onion
Spices (use what you can to taste of the following):
1 tablespoon saffron
1 tablespoon dry coriander
1 tablespoon uckho suneli (Georgian spice blend, don’t use the Russian version…its very different, but yellow curry powder is a possible substitute)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
splash of olive oil
splash of white wine vinegar

Roast the eggplant in a lightly oiled pan (20-25 minutes) until golden.

Mix the walnuts, garlic, spices and vinegar and oil in a blender to make a paste.

Mush the roasted eggplant, chopped onion, and spice mixture together.

Eat as a salad, or serve on top of bread.
Enjoy!
Emma

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May 30, 2010

A “Doh!” Moment

Filed under: Side dish, Side Dishes, Vegetarian — Tags: , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 11:08 pm

You can roast broccoli! I can’t believe I had never realized this until my lovely friend, Sara, clued me in. Broccoli is absolutely phenomenal this way, a lovely combination of crispy and mooshy… and best of all, it isn’t really any more involved to prepare than regular old steamed broccoli! Just keep in mind, you’ll need much more broccoli for this that you do steamed broccoli. I’ll often just have two heads of roasted broccoli for my dinner

Broccoli, washed and cut into chunks (as you would for steaming)
a few cloves chopped garlic
a good glug of olive oil

Toss the broccoli, olive, oil and garlic together in your favorite roasting pan, making sure that the broccoli is well-coated with the olive oil (don’t skimp on the olive oil, most of it will stay on the pan, and if you don’t use enough it won’t crisp properly.) You can bake it at any temperature if you have other things in the oven, but I usually put it in at 400F for about 20-25 minutes (and leave it in longer if it isn’t crisped yet). Pull it out of the oven, and fish the broccoli out with a fork, allowing it to drip if necessary. Transfer to a paper towel to remove extra oil, then serve.
Welcome to the New World Order (for broccoli)
-Emma

November 14, 2009

Cheesy (American) Biscuits

Filed under: Baked items, comfort food, Side Dishes — Tags: , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 11:10 pm

Red Lobster Style!

2 cups Bisquick
½ cup cold water
¾ cup sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated

¼ cup butter
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. Italian dressing

Preheat oven to 450°F. In a bowl, mix first three ingredients until thoroughly moistened. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet (or in a greased muffin tin). Combine rest of ingredients and brush mixture onto biscuits. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Enjoy!
Emma

July 21, 2009

Melt-in-your-Mouth Indian Eggplant

Filed under: Quick cook, Side Dishes, Vegetarian — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 7:19 pm

eggplants, sliced thin, salted and dried on a paper towel to remove bitterness

For frying:

8 whole fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp whole fennel seeds
1/4 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/2 tsp kalonji

To garnish:
salt
tabasco sauce
lemon juice
sour cream

Take the prepared eggplants, and fry them in the spiced oil until golden and crisp.  Garnish with salt, lemon juice and a dash of tabasco sauce, and serve with sour cream.

Delicious!  You won’t be able to find an eggplant big enough to make as many as you’d want to eat.

-Emma

November 30, 2008

A Twist on Thanksgiving

Filed under: Dinner, Side dish, Side Dishes, Special occasions — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 7:05 pm

Although I love cooking and food, Thanksgiving has never really been a favorite holiday of mine.  I’ve never enjoyed turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin pie, so the Thanksgiving feast usually turned into a sad little plate of mashed potatoes and cranberry jelly.  The rest of my family wasn’t averse to experimenting with the traditions, though, and we’ve developed some very tasty twists on the tradition.

My aunt made this turkey recipe, and it was delicious.  It doesn’t have the impressive presentation you get from roasting a whole bird, but it sure tastes a lot better:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/dining/12mini.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=braised%20turkey&st=cse

One of my favorite recipes of all time, which fits perfectly into a Thanksgiving feast (or really any other meal) is spicy roast sweet potato wedges.

Spicy Roast Sweet Potato Wedges:

1 tsp coriander seed
½ tsp fennel seed
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried red pepper flakes
1 tsp kosher salt
2 lb medium sweet potatoes
3 Tbl vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 425; grind together first four
ingredients; cut potatoes in 1 inch wedges; toss
together with oil, ground spices and salt. Spread
out in a shallow pan, roast 20 minutes; turn
wedges over; roast an additional 15-20 minutes, until golden and tender.

Happy Thanksgiving!
-Emma

July 5, 2008

Pic-A-Nic

Filed under: Side Dishes — Tags: , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:10 am

Summer is the perfect time for picnics, and it simply wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without some picnic food recipes. 

The New York Times just showcased a slew of awesome picnic recipes.  Here’s the article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/dining/02mlis-001.html?_r=2&ref=dining&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Here are two of my favorite picnic recipes:

German Potato Salad
Boiled New Potatoes
Vinagrette:
1 part white wine vinegar
2 parts mustard (I like Dijon)
3 parts oil
chopped dill pickle
Optional:
crumbled bacon and bacon grease

This recipe is great because you don’t have to worry about refrigeration like you do with most potato salads.

Cucumber Salad:
One thinly sliced cucumber
3 TBSP white wine vinegar
1 TSP salt
1 TBSP dill

Have a good holiday weekend!
-Emma

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