Kin’che (Cracked Wheat with Eggs)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: July 9, 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 20 to 40 minutes, depending on choice of grain

Although this is listed in the Breakfast section of The Recipe of Love, it is also suitable as a side dish with any meal.

I have altered the instructions in two ways. First I reconciled the instructions with the list of ingredients. Although the list of ingredients calls for only ½ cup of spiced butter, the instructions called for 2 full cups.

Also, in my experience cracked wheat ordinarily takes only 15-20 minutes to absorb the water over a simmer heat. I am sure if I left the saucepan on a boil for 35-45 minutes as the original printed instructions dictate, I would be setting off smoke alarms big time as the wheat burned black in a dried-out pot.  Also a covered pot and a lower heat saves energy and keeps the kitchen cooler. So I have revised those instructions to match my actual practice.

Kin’che (Cracked Wheat with eggs)

Kin’che (Cracked Wheat with Eggs)
2 cups cracked wheat or barley
4 cups water
½ cup spiced butter
2-3 eggs
1 Tbsp. red onion, chopped
Sea salt to taste

Bring water to boil.
Add the cracked wheat or barley to the water.
Reduce heat to simmer, cover and let cook until water is absorbed and grain is tender (about 20 minutes for cracked wheat, 40 minutes for barley.)
Heat ¼ cup of the spiced butter in a skillet and sauté onions in it for about 2 minutes.
Beat eggs and add to onions.
Add egg/onion mixture to cooked cracked wheat.  Mix in well
Add remaining ¼ cup of spiced butter and salt to taste.

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Tagine of Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: July 25, 2017
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed:1 hour

This is a delicious and quite an impressive dinner fit for company.
In spite of the long ingredient list, it is fairly simple to make.

Tagine of Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous

Tagine of Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 3/4” strips
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tsp. turmuric
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
14 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp crushed saffron threads (optional)
4 medium carrots cut into 1” lengths
1 butternut squash, pared, seeded and cut into 2” pieces
1 15-oz can unsweetened tomatoes
1 cup vegetable stock, vegetable bouillon or water
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1” chunks
1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
1/2 cup raisins

3 cups water or 2 cups vegetable stock or vegetable bullion with 1 cup water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 1/2 cup whole wheat couscous
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted

In a large saucepan, heat 2 Tbsp oil over medium heat.
Add onions and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned (6-8 minutes)
Add bell pepper, garlic, turnuric, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cayenne and saffron.
Stir for one minute.

Stir in the carrots and butternut squash, tomatoes with their juice and vegetable stock.
Bring to a simmer over high heat, then lower heat and cover.
Simmer 20-30 minutes until vegetables are just tender.

Stir in zucchini, garbanzo beans and raisins.
Cover and continue to simmer another 5-10 minutes.

In a separate saucepan, combine oil, salt and water and bring to a boil over high heat.
Stir in the couscous and remove immediately from heat.
Cover and let stand until couscous has absorbed all the liquid. (about 5 minutes)

To serve, place couscous in a warmed serving platter.
Make a well in the centre of the couscous.
Using a slotted spoon lift vegetables from liquid and set in the well.
Pour tagine cooking liquid over vegetables and couscous.
Garnish with toasted almonds and serve.

Armenian Noodles & Grain

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried:September 18, 2017
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time needed:90 minuted, including 1 hour in oven

A unique and tasty casserole Yet quite simple to make.

Armenian Noodles and Grain

Armenian Noodles and Grain
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cup thin, uncooked spaghetti, broken into 1” pieces
1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
3 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup long grain rice or barley
fresh minced parsley to taste

Preheat oven to 350oF.
Heat oil in a large pot.
Sauté onion for 10 minutes, just until tender.
Stir in uncooked spaghetti and cook until brown (about 5 minutes) stirring often
Stir in mushrooms and cook 5 minutes more.
Add water, salt and pepper, and heat to boiling.
Meanwhile, place uncooked grain in a 2-quart casserole dish.
Add the hot mixture and stir to mix well.
Cover and bake for 1 hour.
Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Sweet and Spicy Couscous Salad

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Made: October 10, 2013
Yield: 3-4 servings as a main dish; 6-8 as a side dish
Time to make: 10 minutes assembly + at least 1 hour to chill.

This is a lovely tabouli-style salad and great as a main dish. I intended to include the almond garnish, but at the last minute forgot to add them.  But since I will certainly be making this salad again, that will be a treat for another day.

Sweet & Spicy Couscous Salad

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Chunky Granola

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried:June 28, 2017
Yield: 2 1/2 quarts
Time needed: 20-25 minutes

This is one of my best granola recipes, enthusiastically endorsed by my 3-year old grandson. Even better, a slight modification will give you “‘nola bars”.

Chunky Granola

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Sweet and Sour Couscous for Arabian Nights

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Made: September 27, 2013
Yield: 6 servings
Time to make: 25 to 35 minutes

Prior preparation needed
Cook garbanzo beans

This is a wonderful and elegant dish!  The ingredient list is very long and it takes some fancy footwork to put it together, but it is definitely worth the effort.  As is often the case with a skillet dish, most of the work takes place before you start heating the pan.  I soon found the simplest thing to do was to prepare several sub-sections of the recipe, put each in a container, then use each container as needed.  So by the time I began heating the oil this is what I had on my counter:

Beans: whether you cook your own or open a can, drain and set aside
Vegetables: put chopped and sliced onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms all in a bowl
Seasoning: a small bowl held the dillweed, bay leaf, thyme, parsley, mustard, salt, pepper, mashed garlic and horseradish
Stock and white wine: mixed together in a large mug
Milk & egg beaten together
Tomato sauce: with dry milk, brown sugar, dry mustard and vinegar
Finally, in separate containers, measured amounts of water and couscous

Sweet & Sour Couscous for Arabian Nights

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Banana Oats

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: December 12, 2012
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: 15 minutes

This recipe is subtitled “A Perfect Baby Cereal” and that is a pretty good description. The contributor tells us it was her baby’s first cereal and is still his favorite four years later. She just doesn’t grind the oats as finely.

Cooking the oats in milk instead of water means no milk has to be added at the table. So the cereal is “thick enough to stay on an upside-down spoon” as baby learns to feed herself. The banana also supplies all the sweetening needed. So no starting baby on a sugar addiction.

And grown-ups can enjoy the cereal as well. It tastes good. For adults and older children, just don’t grind the oats as finely—or even at all.

Banana Oats

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