Green Enchiladas

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: March 25, 2017
Yield: 3-4 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

Perhaps I can’t really say I have tried this recipe. The first two ingredients were a problem for me. I have never seen (or even heard of) poblano peppers. A bit of research told me they could be replaced with a combination of green bell pepper with a bit of chili pepper to get the mild heat of a poblano pepper.

I have at least seen tomatillos on rare occasions, but was unable to find any right now. So I almost thought of waiting until later in the season when the farmers’ market is in full swing. But on reading the recipe carefully, I saw that both problematical ingredients were used to make a salsa. Problem solved. I went to our local Indian store and found some green salsa. So I actually just put together the tortillas using the chicken, salsa and cheese.

Green Enchiladas

Green Enchiladas
3 poblano peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded
3-4 tomatillos
1/2 cup/125 ml water
1/4 cup/60 ml unsalted dry roasted peanuts
1/2 medium onion
2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
8 6”/15 cm corn tortillas
2 cups/500 ml cooked chicken or turkey, shredded
3/4 cup/125 ml feta cheese or queso blanco, crumbled

Roast the poblano peppers, peel them and scrape out seeds. Set aside.
Remove the dry husks from the tomatillos and cut into quarters.
Place tomatillos and water in a microwavable bowl and microwave on full power until tenders (3-4 minutes)

Place cooked tomatillos with cooking water in a blender or food processor.
Add poblano peppers, peanuts, onions, cilantro and salt.
Blend until smooth.

Pre-heat oven to 350oF/180oC.
Fill a shallow bowl or pie pan with boiling water.
Dip each tortilla in water to soften (10-15 seconds).
Fill with 1/4 cup/60 ml chicken and 1 Tbsp. cheese.
Roll up and transfer to a 9” x 9”/2.5L baking pan.
Pour tomatillo sauce over the enchiladas. Top with remaining crumbled cheese.
Bake until heated through (about 15 minutes)

Note: feta cheese or queso blanco will not melt.

Chunky Guacamole

Source: May All be Fed:Diet for a New World
Date tried: October 13, 2012
Yield: 2 cups
Time needed: 10 minutes or less—just what is needed to chop the vegetables

“Everybody loves guacamole” says the author.  I certainly do.

Chunky Guacamole

Chunky Guacamole
2 avocados, peeled and chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 rib celery with leaves, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
½ green bell pepper, chopped
1 fresh hot chili pepper, seeded and minced (or more, to taste)
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ tsp. fine sea salt

Mix everything together in a bowl.

This can be used as a topping for salad, as a spread on bagels or as a condiment accompanying Mexican style dishes.  It will keep for 24 hours in the fridge. Press a sheet of wax paper onto the surface to prevent discoloration.

Creamed Asparagus or Spinach (with Popovers)

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: January 4, 2017
Yield: Serves 2 as a main dish or 3-4 as a side dish
Time needed: 30-40 minutes for popover version. 20 minutes for omelet version

This is actually three recipes in one. First you make the creamed vegetable (asparagus or spinach) which you can serve as a side dish on its own, or on toast. Or you can try the omelet or popover versions below.

The quantities given for the cream sauce make a thin sauce. My preference is for a medium sauce. That would call for either 1/2 the milk or double the butter and flour.

Creamed Asparagus or Spinach
1 lb./500 g asparagus(cut in 3/4”/2 cm. pieces) or 3 cups/750 ml fresh spinach
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk.

Cook the vegetable of your choice until tender. Drain and set aside.

Melt butter in frypan over medium heat.
Stir in flour until smooth and bubbly.
Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until smooth.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens.
Stir in asparagus or spinach.
Season to taste and serve over buttered toast, in omelet or popovers.

Omelet version.(for one person)
Whisk together 2 eggs and 1 Tbsp. milk.
Place a non-stick frypan over medium heat.
Pour in beaten eggs.
As eggs set, lift edges to let uncooked portion flow underneath.
When eggs are set, cover one-half with creamed vegetable.
Fold and serve.

Popover version (6 popovers)
1/2 cup/125 ml whole wheat flour
1/2 cup/125 ml milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. salt.

Combine all ingredients and beat with an electric mixer or blender until smooth.
Set aside for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400oF/200oC

While oven heats dab a little butter into six muffin cups.
Place in the oven to melt.
Brush melted butter over sides and bottoms of muffin cups.
Stir batter and divide among muffin cups.
Bake without opening oven door until puffed, firm and starting to brown. (about 25 minutes)
Immediately pierce with a knife to release steam.
Fill with creamed spinach or asparagus and serve.

Cheese Fondu

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: July 22, 2014
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 15 minutes

Cheese fondu makes a quick and simple supper. Just add a green salad on the side.

Cheese Fondu

Cheese Fondu

Cheese Fondu
2 Tbsp. margarine
3 Tbsp. flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp. caraway seeds soaked in hot water for 15 minute (optional)
dash Worcestershire sauce
1 lb. Swiss or cheddar cheese, diced
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
Bread cubes (French or rye is very good)

Put caraway seeds on to soak in hot water if using.
Melt margarine in saucepan.
Add flour and stir until blended and bubbly.
Add milk, soaked caraway seeds and Worcestershire sauce, stirring briskly until slightly thickened.
Gradually add cheese and stir until smooth and melted.
Add salt, lemon juice and nutmeg.
Serve over bread cubes or spear bread cubes on fork and dip into cheese sauce. Do the same with raw vegetables such as carrots, celery, broccoli, etc.

Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: July 6, 2014
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

Prior Preparation Needed
Hardboil eggs
Prepare Berbere Mixture

A surprisingly quick dish to make and suitable for lunch. It cries out for injera.  If you don’t have any on hand, serve with a soft bread that will absorb the sauce, as it is quite spicy. The picture shows potato bread.

Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce

Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce

 

Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce
6 boiled eggs, peeled
1/2 cup red lentils, washed and soaked for 15 minutes.
1 large red onion, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp. berbere mixture (or hot chili paste)
2 cups water
3 Tbsp. red wine
4 Tbsp. garlic & ginger mix
1 tsp. allspice
sea salt to taste

Set lentils on to soak.
On medium heat, brown the onion in a large frypan or wok.
Add olive oil and stir 2-3 minutes
Add 2 Tbsp. water.
Add the berbere mix and stir constantly 5-10 minutes.
Add the 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Drain the lentils and add.  Reduce heat and cook 5 minutes.
Add wine and the garlic-ginger mix. Reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
Add allspice and salt to taste.
Poke eggs with a fork and add to sauce.
Let simmer for 10 minutes, then serve.

Mackerel with Sorrel or Gooseberry Sauce

Source: Food Combining for Health
Date tried: August 9, 2016
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 20 minutes

I was planning to make this recipe another time to try it with the sorrel sauce. And on reading the recipe one more time, i realized I didn’t even get it right using gooseberry sauce.
I did make the gooseberry purée but that’s all. So what you see is broiled fish covered with gooseberry purée. Now I will have to make it again twice, once with a proper gooseberry sauce and once with a sorrel sauce. But, hey , the gooseberry purée is good!

Of course, i couldn’t find mackerel either, but I did find some frozen sardines. I think it probably worked well as a substitute, but I wasn’t thrilled when I opened the package to find they had been frozen completely whole, so I not only had to thaw them first, but clean them as well. I have never lived within a 1,000 miles of an ocean and fishing in lakes and rivers was not one of my Dad’s hobbies, so this is an adventure for me—and a not entirely welcome one.

Fish with Gooseberry Purée

Fish with Gooseberry Purée

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