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Spice Moroccan Stewed Fish with Couscous — July 5, 2017

Spice Moroccan Stewed Fish with Couscous

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick-cook couscous
  • olive oil
  • 2 lemons
  • sea salt and freshly ground
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 fresh red chili
  • a bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2x 6-ounce white fish fillets, skin off and bones removed
  • 3/4 pound large shrimp, raw, peeled
  • 1x 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 handfuls of fresh or frozen peas, fava beans, or green beans (or use a mixture)

Put the couscous into a bowl and add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Halve the lemons and squeeze in the juice from two of the halves. Add a pinch of salt andpepper. Pour in just enough boiling water to cover the couscous, then cover the bowl with a plate or plastic wrap. Let the couscous soak up the water for 10 minutes.

Get a large saucepan on a medium heat. Peel and finely slice your garlic. Finely slice your chili. Pick the basil leaves off the stalks. Put the smaller ones to one side and roughly chop the larger ones. Add a couple of lugs of olive oil to the hot pan. Add the garlic, chili, basil, cumin seeds, and cinnamon. Give it all a stir and put the fish fillets on top. Scatter over the shrimp. Add the canned tomatoes and the peas and beans. Squeeze in the juice from the two remaining lemon halves. Put a lid on the pan. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 8 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily. Taste, and season with salt and pepper.

By the time the fish is cooked, the couscous should have sucked up all the water and be ready to serve. Spoon the couscous into a large serving bowl and give it a stir with a fork to help it fluff up. Top with the fish, vegetables, and juices from the pan, sprinkle with the reserved basil leaves, and tuck in!

Kefta —

Kefta

Kefta, seasoned ground meat, is one of Morocco’s most popular street foods. Traditionally, kefta is washed down with a glass of sweet mint tea. It’s delicious served with ratatouille

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ground beef, 90%-lean or leaner
  • 8 ounces ground lamb
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 8 pitted green olives
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Harissa, for serving

 

Preparation

Place beef, lamb and lemon juice in a large bowl. Gently combine until incorporated. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Transfer the meat to a colander and press to squeeze out excess moisture. Place onion, garlic and olives in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add to the marinated meat along with oil, cilantro, parsley, 1 tablespoon cumin, salt and pepper. Gently combine until evenly incorporated.

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on it. Using about 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture for each, form 12 thin patties, about 2 1/2 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. Place on the wire rack. Broil the patties until brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with additional cumin and harissa, if desired.

 

Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes (includes marinating time)

Per serving: 354 calories; 25 g fat (7 g sat, 14 g mono); 90 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; 1 g fiber; 607 mg sodium; 385 mg potassium.

4 servings, about 3 kefta each

from “Kefta,” Eating Well.

Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip —

Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip

Recipe from the Food Network

Ingredients

Kosher salt
1 10-ounce bag baby spinach
1 cup packed fresh basil
3/4 cup canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
6 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese
1 clove garlic, smashed
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained, squeezed dry and finely chopped
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 or 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
Baked chips, for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and prepare a bowl of ice water. Stir the spinach and basil into the boiling water and cook until bright green, about 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge in the ice water. Drain and squeeze dry, then roughly chop.

Puree the beans, cream cheese, garlic and chicken broth in a food processor until smooth, scraping the sides as needed. Transfer to a medium bowl and fold in the spinach and basil, artichokes, parmesan and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Add the cayenne, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to taste.

Mist a deep 1-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread the dip mixture in the dish and top with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella. Bake until golden and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with baked chips.

Per serving (1/4 cup): Calories 100; Fat 5 g (Saturated 3 g); Cholesterol 19 mg; Sodium 338 mg; Carbohydrate 7 g; Fiber 2 g; Protein 6 g

Tahini & Hummus —

Tahini & Hummus

Tahini

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sesame seeds
  • 1/3 C olive oil

 

Preparation

Heat a heavy, wide-bottomed sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and toast lightly for about 2 minutes, shaking the pan so they toast evenly: they are done as soon as they start to brown. Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.

Put the toasted sesame seeds in a food processor and drizzle in the olive oil. Pulse for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it’s as smooth as you can get it. Add a little more olive oil if necessary.

Remove from food processor and store in the refrigerator.

 

Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas drained
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons virgin olive oil

 

Preparation

Place all ingredients in your food processor and puree to desired consistency. Add a little purified water for a creamy consistency. Adjust flavor to your taste. Try adding a half teaspoon cumin for a more Middle Eastern variety.

Serves 6 to 8 as a dip or sandwich spread.

Salmon Florentine —

Salmon Florentine

This recipe is surprisingly easy to make. Not sure where it came from. GOOP or Cooking Light?

INGREDIENTS

2 packages (10 oz each) frozen spinach, thawed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup minced shallots
2 teaspoons minced garlic
5 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta
4 skinless salmon fillets (6 oz each), rinsed and patted dry

PREPARATION

Heat oven to 350°.

Squeeze spinach of all excess liquid. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more. Add spinach, tomatoes, salt, pepper flakes and pepper; cook, stirring, 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; let cool about 15 minutes. Add ricotta; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Pack about 1/2 cup spinach mixture on top of each fillet, matching the shape of the fillet.

Place fillets on a rimmed baking sheet or in a glass baking dish; bake until cooked through, 15 minutes.

  • 334 calories per serving
  • 14 g fat (3 g saturated)
  • 11 g carbs
  • 4 g fiber
  • 43 g protein
Radish Greens Soup — December 19, 2015

Radish Greens Soup

My mother-in-law once made this soup for us. Well, not this soup per se. She knows how much we like soups so sometimes she gets creative. She asked us if we could guess the vegetable. We couldn’t. But the dish was such a winner that when we got home that night I hit the web searching for radish soup. There were quite a few, and as is typical for me, I believe I took this recipe because of its relative simplicity. I do not, however, remember where it was published.

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 potatoes, medium sized
1 onion
1 quart water or chicken broth
2 quarts radish greens – the tops from 2 bunches (needn’t be exact)
1 lemon
salt and pepper

metric conversion: 1 quart is a bit more than 1 liter  more...

Rinse greens, removing any brown or damaged areas. Coarsely chop potatoes and onion. Remove the zest (yellow part only) from the lemon, then juice the lemon.

In a large pot, heat oil and butter. Add onion and potatoes, cook for about 5 minutes. Add water or broth, the radish tops and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until potatoes are soft and greens are wilted, about 10 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and zest. Purée. Taste for seasoning, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or cold.

Garnish, if desired, with a few thin slices of radish.

Serving Size: 1 cup
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Imperial to Metric, An Expats Guide to Cooking — December 10, 2015

Imperial to Metric, An Expats Guide to Cooking

It’s the oldest story. You move to Europe imagining a new life of cobblestone streets, cars with size limits, quiet Sunday strolls, impassioned café discussions, timeless architecture, and fine foods. With it will come a change in lifestyle that includes running to the morning market for fresh bread and local produce, buying only what you need, and yes that includes that truffle oil, and of course, cooking at home.

You planned ahead too. You brought all the favorite recipes you’ve been carrying around with you for years, just waiting for a real kitchen to cook real food. And only after you’ve landed and set up home do you realize that all your recipes follow the imperial system of weight & measures, and Europe does not. Continue reading

Tiramisù with Mascarpone — August 19, 2015

Tiramisù with Mascarpone

This recipe for Tiramisù with Mascarpone came straight off the Galbani marscapone package. So while I cannot take credit for the recipe, I did translate it (although this version is from the Galbani UK website).

The thing about this recipe is that it is ridiculously easy to make and results in a very impressive dessert.

6 eggs
500g Galbani Santa Lucia® Mascarpone
150g sugar
300g Sponge fingers
¾ of 1 litre of Mocha coffee
50g of liquor
bitter Cocoa powder

weight to volume conversion: 2/3 cup is approximately equal to 150 grams  more...

Put 6 yolks in a bowl and beat them with sugar until they are creamy and frothy. Add Mascarpone and a shot of liquor and mix it. Incorporate 6 whipped eggs. Put the coffee in a bowl and mix it with a bit of sugar and the remaining liquor. Spread the bottom of a Pyrex dish with the Mascarpone cream, lay on it the Sponge Fingers soaked in the coffee, cover them with another layer of cream, then another layer of sponge fingers until the ingredients will terminate with the cream on the top and put the Pyrex in the fridge for 2 hours at least. Spread it with the cocoa powder before serving.

Makes 6 servings.

Why We Love Cats — November 22, 2014
Google Creepiness — October 28, 2014

Google Creepiness

We all know that Google knows everything, and to be fair, I was logged into my Google+ account. Still, getting a customized “Happy Birthday Eileen” Google home page on my birthday did make a few hairs stand on end.

"Happy Birthday Eileen" from Google

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