Monday Meal Review: Bulgaria

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"Where's the beef?" said Keith's dad, wide eyed. In all his sixty-plus years on earth, this was probably his first vegetarian meal. Ever. What can I say. He's Oklahoma, through and through. Six months ago, I would have been nervous about putting this feast in front of him. I'd probably have served a platter beef on the side. Heck, I who am I kidding. The entire meal would have been a meat-lover's delight. I'm a people-pleaser, to the max. But eating food around the world has changed … [Read more...]

Recipe: Roasted Eggplant & Bell Pepper Dip (Kyopolou)

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Serves 4-6 Kyopolou melds roasted, sweet peppers, eggplant, and ripe tomatoes to make a dipping sensation. Serve with pita bread or alongside white fish. Be sure to prepare a day ahead (or at least several hours) so that the flavors can properly distribute. Otherwise the garlic will be too sharp and bitter. If you simply must serve this dish right away, use less garlic. Ingredients: 3 eggplants 4 red bell peppers 3 tomatoes (I used roma) 2-5 cloves garlic fresh parsley, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Bahrain

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This is meal #13 in my personal challenge to eat one meal for every country in the world. "Shrimp Balls?" my husband asked, frowning. "We're having Shrimp Balls for dinner?" "Yeah. Like Meatballs. Only Shrimp. You'll love them." Technically I was lying since I never had a shrimp ball in my life, I wasn't looking forward to trying them, and  I wasn't even sure why I decided to make them. I know. You're wondering where my integrity is. I promise you, my heart is in the right … [Read more...]

Recipe: Roasted Eggplant Dip (Uukkous Al-Badinjan)

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Serves 4 Make this dish a day ahead to allow time for the flavors to mingle. Uukkous Al-Badinjan blows baba ganoush out of the water! Ingredients: 3 eggplants 4 cloves garlic, crushed 2 Tbsp olive oil 1/4 tsp cayenne 1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced 1/2 - 1 tsp salt Method: 1. Using a fork, poke eggplants all over. Roast eggplants at 350F for about 1 hour or until soft. NOTE: Today it's pretty hot in Oklahoma, so I decided … [Read more...]

Recipe: Burani Bonjon (Spicy Braised Eggplant)

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Serves 4-6 as a side dish This dish is best served at room temperature. The tumeric and cayenne give the eggplant an enjoyable kick. Ingredients: 1 large eggplant (about 8" long) 1/2 can diced tomatoes 4 cloves garlic, crushed or minced 4-6 Tbs vegetable oil 1 Tbs dried cilantro (use fresh for garnish if you have it) 1 tsp turmeric 1/8 tsp (or up to 1 tsp) cayenne pepper (mild or death-by-cayenne) Salt & Pepper to taste Optional Garnish for non vegans: Seer Moss … [Read more...]