Sesame Tomatoes on Rice

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: February 18, 2014
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 45 minutes

A very nice dish for a simple supper.  The sesame breading on the fried tomatoes is wonderful!

Sesame Tomatoes on Rice

Sesame Tomatoes on Rice
¼ cup sesame oil
1½ cups chopped onion
2 cups uncooked brown rice
3½ to 4 cups water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
2/3 cup sesame seeds, ground (about 1 cup meal)
1-2 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
12 -15 half-inch thick tomato slices from firm red or green tomatoes
Sprigs of fresh oregano
Sprigs of fresh parsley
Chunks of fresh tomato

Heat sesame oil in pressure cooker or saucepan.
Sauté the chopped onions until golden.
Add rice and continue to sauté until the whole mixture is golden.
Add the water (3½ cups for pressure cooker, 4 for ordinary saucepan), salt and dried oregano.
Stir cover and cook until rice is tender.

Stir ground sesame seed and salt together on a flat plate.
Oil a large frying pan and turn the heat high.
Dip tomato slices into beaten egg, then into sesame meal, coating both sides.
Fry the slices quickly in hot oil to brown the meal and heat them through.  Keep the heat high to avoid turning the tomatoes mushy.
Remove to a plate as soon as they are brown.

Arrange rice on a platter or shallow bowl.
Place fried tomato slices on rice.
Garnish with sprigs of oregano and parsley and with fresh tomato chunks.
Serve hot.

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Grilled Fish and Coconut Rice

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Made: January 27, 2014
Yield: 6 servings
Time to make: 30-40 minutes

This is a simple recipe and can be easily made in the time it takes to cook the rice.  Note that the rice is cooked in two stages: with water and then with coconut milk.

Grilled Fish and Coconut Rice

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Button Soup

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried:June 30, 2017
Yield: 16 servings
Time needed: 3-4 hours

Although it would take even longer, this would be a great dish to do in a slow cooker. The name comes from a children’s storybook which includes a variation on the Stone Soup tale. In this one a miser is tricked into making soup for a whole town with just a button, so the contributor’s children named this “button soup”. The long, slow cooking makes for beautifully tender stewing beef as well as a great beef stock.

Button Soup

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Joan’s Brazilian Rice

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: May 26, 2014
Yield: 6-servings
Time needed: 50 minutes

A delightful easy-to-make rice pilaf suitable for a family supper. I had only red pepper so the colour contrast green chilies would make with the tomato does not show up in this picture, but I will certainly make this dish again soon and remedy that.  Toasting the rice and sesame seeds before adding the liquid contributes to a nutty taste.  The recipe is attributed to Joan Francis of Wisconsin.

Joan's Brazilian rice

Joan’s Brazilian rice

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