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

Sweet and Sour Couscous for Arabian Nights
Oil for sautéing
1 large onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
½ lb. mushrooms, sliced
4 medium carrots, sliced
1-2 tsp. dillweed
1 bay leaf
1-2 tsp. parsley
1-2 tsp. horseradish
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 clove garlic, mashed
2 cups seasoned stock
½ to 1 cup white wine
2-3 cups cooked garbanzo beans
1 egg
1 cup milk
¼ cup dry milk
¼ cup brown sugar
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
¼ cup vinegar
5 cups cooked couscous

Heat oil in a large skillet, wok or Dutch oven.
Add onion, celery, mushrooms and carrots.  Sauté until onion is translucent.
Add dillweed, bay leaf, parsley, horseradish, garlic, salt and pepper and ½ of the dry mustard.
Cook for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

This is a good time to begin heating water in bottom of a double boiler.

After the vegetables and seasonings have been cooking for 10 minutes, add the seasoned stock and white wine. Cover and simmer another 10 minutes.

Heat the milk egg mixture in the top of the double boiler.  As it cooks, add the dry milk, brown sugar, tomato sauce, vinegar and the remaining half of the dry mustard, whisking in each addition. Continue stirring frequently as sauce thickens.

Bring measured water to a boil.
When hot, add couscous, cover and let sit 5 minutes.

Finally, add garbanzo beans to the simmering vegetables.
This bean-vegetable mix should have the consistency of a thick soup. If necessary, thicken with cornstarch.

To serve: place some couscous on each plate.
Top with bean-vegetable mixture.
Pour sauce over all.
Enjoy the compliments.

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Karay (Fresh Green Chili Peppers)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: June 9, 2017
Yield: about 1-2 cups
Time needed: However long it takes to seed the chili peppers, and a quick buzz in the food processor.

It’s a good idea to get some help washing and seeding the chili peppers. 3-4 pounds would take a long time working alone. But it is indeed a “wonderful spicy appetizer spread” and keeps very well in the fridge.

Karay
(Fresh Green Chili Peppers)

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Shredded Potato & Zucchini Salad

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: June 2/17
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: Quick to put together but allow and hour or two to chill

Prior preparation needed,
Peel, cook and shred potatoes

I found this a unique salad. In all my years of making potato salad, I had never thought of shredding them instead of chopping them into cubes. But it works well with the shredded zucchini. The dressing (mayonnaise + French dressing) accounts for most of the flavour.

Shredded Potato & Zucchini Salad

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Cabbage and Pork Salad

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: May 28, 2017
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: approximately 30 minutes.

This is a delightful salad in the Vietnamese style. A note accompanies the recipe in regard to the “long, slender pieces” of cabbage.

“Vietnamese cooks cut beautiful cabbage salads without a grater. Here’s how: remove leaves from head one by one. Lay several together and roll up tightly. Lay roll on board and slice as thinly as possible with a very sharp knife. Surprisingly fast, and yields a dish completely different from the usual shredded affair.”

Add hard-cooked eggs and tomato wedges to serve as a main dish salad. It is a very good topping for rice or as an accompaniment. It also keeps very well. A week after making it was still very good.

Cabbage and Pork Salad

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Herbed Broccoli Sandwich

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: August 20, 2012
Yield:4-6 servings
Time needed: approximately 15 minutes (time to sauté + time to broil)

I had never thought of using broccoli in a sandwich before, but this works very well.  No wonder a tester reported that is quickly became a lunchtime favorite.  Simple, easy, delicious.

Herbed Broccoli Sandwich

Herbed Broccoli Sandwich
2 cups/500 ml broccoli, finely chopped
½ cup/125 ml onion, finely chopped
A few dashes each of dried basil, thyme, pepper
½ tsp. salt
4-6 slice French bread
¾ cup/175 ml cheese, shredded

Sauté broccoli and onion in a large frypan until broccoli is a bright green.
Mix in the herbs and salt.
Arrange on bread slices.
Top with shredded cheese.
Broil until cheese melts.
Serve immediately.

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.