Sweet & Sour Broccoli with Peanuts

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: April 13, 2018
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

A beautiful stir-fry accompaniment to rice, noodles or any grain or pasta.

Sweet & Sour Broccoli with Peanuts

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Wayne Gretzky’s Chili

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: April 3, 2018
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time needed: 1 hour

If you are a hockey fan, Wayne Gretzky needs no introduction. The contributor tells us her mother received this recipe from him in the late 1980s. I’m fine with the pineapple, but not so much with the baked beans.

Wayne Gretzky’s Chili

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Imam Bayildi

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: March 2, 2018
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: about 1 hour

Translated from Turkish, the name of this recipe is “The Imam Fainted”. I will leave you to decide why.
Although I had purchased some jasmine rice to accompany this dish, I did not get time to make it. Since I found the filling a bit acidy, it was a serious omission. My daughter did not care for the eggplant but suggested a long, Asian eggplant might give better results.

Imam Bayildi

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Hearty Lentil Sausage Soup

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: February 12, 2018
Yield: 8 servings
Time needed: about 45 minutes

This soup lives up to its name, thick and hearty, almost more of a stew than a soup. I love the addition of parsnips, a delicious and underrated vegetable.

Hearty Lentil-Sausage Soup

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Tomato Quiche

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: January 31, 2018
Yield: 1 10” pie
Time needed: 1 hour

This was quite good except for the crust; the recipe calls for lining the crust with sliced tomatoes, but that made it rather soggy. Otherwise the filling was fine and we enjoyed it.

Tomato Quiche

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Saag Murg (Chicken in Spinach Purée)

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Date tried: January 29, 2018
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed: 40 minutes

I never cease to enjoy the delights of Indian cookery. Prior to beginning this dish I took time to prepare the brown onion paste and the spinach purée from scratch. I steamed the spinach for the purée to avoid too much water and that worked very well. The onion paste is simply browned onion slices puréed with a very little water.

I also reversed the order of the instructions and browned the chicken pieces first thing, so they would be ready to add to the spinach with no delay. And I really appreciated the result. Excellent!

Saag Murg (Chicken in Spinach Purée)

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Black Bean Piquante Sauce

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: January 13, 2018
Yield: 6 servings (about 1 1/2 quarts)
Time needed: 3 hours if beginning with dried beans

This makes a large quantity of sauce and I think 6 servings is an underestimate. The final simmering is best done in a slow cooker so, starting with dried beans and the necessary pre-soaking as well as the time to cook the beans, then 4 or more hours in the slow cooker, one needs to plan for a two-day project.

Out of that possibly only 20 minutes is active preparation.

The resulting sauce is quite pleasant though. I think I will find plenty of uses for it.

Black Bean Sauce on noodles and rice

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