Bunna (Coffee with Egg Yolk)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: December 12, 2013
Yield: 1 serving
Time to make: Adds less than a minute to preparing coffee

The author describes this as “a rich and lovely treat and it’s good for you.”  I haven’t really found a noticeable change in the taste of the coffee, but certainly an egg yolk adds protein, energy and vitamins not found in coffee alone. So it’s a good way to start the day, or to give oneself a quick pick-me-up in the late afternoon.

A trick to remember, to avoid chunks of cooked yolk, is to begin by stirring a little hot liquid (no more than a tablespoon) into the yolk first.  Add more, stirring in one spoonful at a time, until it is liquidy enough to pour into the coffee.

I usually drink my coffee from a mug, but I put it in a wine glass so you could see the coffee.

Bunna (Coffee with Egg Yolk)

Coffee with Egg Yolk
1 cup coffee
1 egg yolk
3 Tbsp. boiled milk
2 tsp. sugar

Mix the egg yolk with the sugar until foamy.
Add with the boiled milk to the coffee.

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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.

Chechebsa

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: September 10, 2013
Yield: 2-4 servings
Time to make: 20-30 minutes.

The simple flour and water dough is kneaded and then fried like bannock before being crumbled and drenched in butter and honey for a simple, but satisfying dessert.  One might call it Ethiopian popcorn.

Chechebsa

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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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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

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Telba Bemare

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: Dec. 23. 2014
Yield: About 16 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes

This is one of several beverage recipes which are basically water flavoured with seeds. Very easy to prepare and a lovely refreshing beverage with health benefits too.  As the author explains:

“Flax seeds are a natural laxative. You can drink this daily for your health. Mix the powder with hot water and sweeten it with  a little bit of honey. Have it before bedtime for it also has relaxing qualities.”

Telba Bemare (Flax Seed Water)

Telba Bemare
(Flax Seed Water)

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