Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Summer Vegetable Pickles

Summer Vegetable Pickles


Adapted from Epicurious.com. Makes about 3 cups.

1 cup 1/2- to 3/4-inch cauliflower florets
1 cup 1/2- to 3/4-inch broccoli florets
1 cup 1-inch strips celery
1 red Thai chili or red jalapeno chili, cut into thin rounds
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup (lightly packed) fresh mint leaves (from 2 bunches)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Place cauliflower, broccoli, celery and chili in medium bowl. Bring vinegar, mint, sugar, and salt to boil in heavy medium saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cool syrup completely. Strain syrup over vegetables. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours. Cover and chill until ready to use. (Can be made up to 1 day ahead.)

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Radish and White Bean Salad

Radish and White Bean Salad


Adapted from A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen, this recipe normally calls for salad greens, but we think that wilted pac choi will make a great stand-in. This week's pac choi got a touch of frost and is all the sweeter for it. Serve with focaccia on the side.

1 lb. radishes, thinly sliced
3 cups cooked white beans (or 2 15oz cans, rinsed and drained)
15 cherry tomatoes halved, or 1 large tomato chopped
8 kalamata olives, pitted & chopped
1 TB drained capers
2 TB minced fresh mint or parsley leaves
3 TB extra-virgin olive oil
2 TB fresh lemon juice
salt
1 TB sunflower or olive oil
1 large head pac choi, sliced thinly sliced, stems divided from greens

Stir the radishes, beans, tomatoes, olives, capers, and mint/parsley together in a medium bowl. Drizzle oil and lemon juice over the salad and toss to combine. Add salt to taste. While the radishes and beans marinate, heat the last tablespoon of oil in a large, heavy bottomed skillet. Add sliced pac choi stems and saute for 2 minutes to soften. Add the greens, turn off the heat and cover the pan. Give the greens a minute to wilt, then toss in with the rest of the salad.

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Greek Spiced Shepard's Pie

Greek Spiced Shepard's Pie


Inspired from a recipe at Epicurious.com. Serves 4.

For the lamb mixture
1 TB sunflower oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 large cloves minced garlic
1 lb. parsnips, peeled and chopped
1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped
1 lb. ground lamb
3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tsp crumbled dried mint
1 tsp crumbled dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 lb can plum tomatoes, drained, reserving 1/2 cup of the juice, and chopped
1 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 lb. crumbled feta cheese

For the topping
1.5 lbs potatoes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup milk or cream
1/4 lb. crumbled feta cheese

Make the lamb mixture
In a large skillet heat the oil over moderate heat, add the onion and cook, stirring, for two minutes. Add the garlic and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the parsnips and carrots, lower heat slightly and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the lamb, increase heat slightly and cook the mixture, stirring and breaking up any lumps, until the lamb is no longer pink. Pour off any excess fat from the skillet, add the cinnamon, the mint, the oregano, and the allspice, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with the reserved juice, the tomato paste, and salt and pepper to taste and cook the mixture, stirring, for 15 minutes, or until it is thickened. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the feta. The lamb mixture improves in flavor if made up to this point and kept, covered and chilled, overnight. Bring to room temperature before continuing. Spread the mixture in a buttered 8x8 baking dish, or small casserole.

Make the topping
In a large saucepan combine the potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces, with enough cold water to cover them by 1 inch, and some salt. Bring the water to a boil, and simmer the potatoes for 10 to 15 minutes, or until they are tender. Drain the potatoes, return them to the pan, and cook them over moderate heat, shaking the pan, for 30 seconds to evaporate any excess liquid. Force the potatoes through a ricer or the medium disk of a food mill into a bowl, add the butter, the milk or cream, the feta, and salt and pepper to taste, and stir the mixture until it is combined well and butter is melted.

Spoon the topping over the lamb mixture, spreading it to cover the lamb mixture completely. Bake the potpie in the middle of a preheated 400°F. oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until it is browned lightly.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Moroccan Winter Root Stew with Barley

Moroccan Winter Root Stew with Barley


Inspired from a recipe at Epicurious.com. As this recipe calls for beets, it will have a deep purplish-hue. If you don't think you'll like the color, use turnips, rutabaga, golden beets or winter squash instead. Serves 6-8.

Stew
2 TB sunflower oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pinch of saffron
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
2 TB fresh lemon juice
1 cup 3/4-inch cubes peeled beets
2 cups 1-inch cubes peeled potatoes
2 cups 3/4-inch cubes peeled carrots

Barley
1 cup barley
1 TB butter
1 TB sunflower oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped peeled carrot
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
3 cups stock or water
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint, divided
1/2 cup sprouted beans
Moroccan Winter Root Stew with Barley
Moroccan Winter Root Stew with Barley
Moroccan Winter Root Stew with Barley
Moroccan Winter Root Stew with Barley
Moroccan Winter Root Stew with Barley
Moroccan Winter Root Stew with Barley
Moroccan Winter Root Stew with Barley

Published in Soups and Stews
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Turkish Tomato and Bean Soup

Turkish Tomato and Bean Soup


Inspired by a recipe in The Sultan's Kitchen cookbook, this is normally made with red lentils. I think it would be great with the beans instead. With the addition of the cooked wheat berries, it makes for a satisfying supper. Serves 4-6.

2 TB sunflower oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 TB paprika
1/2 tsp Turkish or ground red pepper
1 tsp cumin
2 TB tomato paste
3 cups tomato puree
3 cups chicken stock or water
1 cup dried beans that have been soaked overnight, then cooked for 30 minutes and drained
1 cup cooked wheat berries
1 TB dried mint
salt and freshly ground black pepper
bread croutons (optional)
lemon wedges
dollop of plain yogurt

Heat the oil in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook gently for about 2 minutes, or until they're softened but not brown. Stir in the paprika, red pepper, cumin and tomato paste. Stir to combine. Add the tomato puree, stock (or water) and beans. Cover the saucepan and bring the liquid to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans are soft. Add the wheat berries and mint and season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the soup is too thick, add a little water. Serve the soup in bowls with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dollop of yogurt.

Published in Soups and Stews
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Tabouli

Tabouli


I had to include this to go along with the parsley. Make sure you give it time to marinate in the fridge! Serves 6.

1 cup bulgur
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice -- and/or lime juice
1 teaspoon garlic -- crushed
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/2 teaspoon dried mint flakes
1/4 cup olive oil -- (good quality)
fresh black pepper
2 medium tomatoes -- diced
1 cup fresh parsley -- chopped and packed

Optional: 1 cup chopped cucumber and/ or 1/2 cup coarsely grated carrot

Combine bulghar, boiling water, and salt in a bowl. Cover and let stand 15-20 minutes, or until bulghar is chewable. Add lemon juice, garlic, oil, and mint, and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate 2-3 hours (this is important, the bulgher needs to marinate). Just before serving add the vegetables and mix gently. Correct seasonings. Garnish with olives.

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Lebneh

Lebneh


A simple yogurt dip or spread that's fantastic with fresh pitas or other fresh breads. This is another staple in our house. It comes and goes. We make some, can't get enough (the kids love it). Then we make it three more times in a row and binge on it. And then it gets shelved for a while only to make another overzealous return. It's worth it though and only good high quality yogurt will do.

1 quart plain yogurt (low fat OK but full fat best)
3/4 tsp salt
3 TB olive oil
1.5 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp dried mint
3/4 tsp dried thyme

Line a collander with a single layer of paper towels and place above a bowl that fits the collander nicely. Stir the salt into the yogurt and then dump the yogurt into the paper lines collander and let it drain, ideally overnight, but minimum 6-8 hours. The yogurt will be quite thick. Usually you can kind of tip the yogurt over into a fresh bowl and peel the paper towel from it.

In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, toast the sesame seeds until golden brown and fragrant. Then put them into a small container with the olive oil and dried mint and thyme.

Portion out the yogurt as you intend to use it, with a drizzle of the oil, seeds, herb mixture on top. Serve with fresh breads or pitas. Rich and delicious.

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