Hola bloggers! 🙂 I hope everyone had a delightful Monday. And for those of you who have Tuesdays off; please have tons of fun on behalf of those of us who have to work. 😉
Tonight I had my second to last Global Vegetarian Cuisine cooking class. I’m actually very sad I only have one more class left 😦 This class has been oh-so-much fun, and very educational. I look forward to it every week.
I was so pumped for class today, and especially so because the song Just a Girl by No Doubt was playing on the radio just I pulled into the parking lot. Oh man, I was jamming! I am SUCH a fan of this song! I pulled up into my spot, but stayed in my car rockin’ out to the song. I listened to the entire thing before I finally turned of my car and got out. Lol. Does anyone else do that? I love crankin’ up the stereo in my car and having my own little Karaoke show.
Anyway, back to the grub.
Tonight’s menu was a total delight. It included:
Moroccan Lemony Bean and Rice Stew
Toast wit tomatoes
Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy do I love Moroccan food! I’ve only had the opportunity to eat it once or twice before, but it is amazing how much flavor, depth, and complexity they can pack into each dish. I’ve been quite intimidated to try it all on my own (I’m actually quite timid in the kitchen), so I was glad to get to make it in class. We made a HUGE batch
It’s comprised of lentils, garbanzo beans, onions, celery, and tomatoes. It is astonishingly easy to make. You just saute the onions and celery, add broth and boil away, with just a couple of spices! It makes a hearty, warm, slightly cinnamon-y bowl of stew. Super.
But my favorite of the night was definitely the Dolmas Salad. It includes an ingredient I have never used before; GRAPE LEAVES. Have YOU ever cooked with grape leaves before? I’ve heard of things being stuffed into grape leaves before, but I’ve never seen it or eaten it as an ingredient before. The name is Dolmas Salad, but it’s actually a rice dish. Here it is:
It’s really lovely. It has a very UNIQUE taste. It’s fresh and lemony from the fresh lemon juice. It’s nice and nutty from the pine nuts. And then there’s this slightly salty flavor throughout the dish from the picked grape leaves and its brine. It’s a flavor I’ve never experienced before. It’s fresh and light, but filling because it’s rice. There’s raisins in it too, adding another layer of flavor by adding a layer of sweetness. Quite addicting. It’s healthy too; it has a lot of fresh herbs, and only one tablespoon of olive oil in the entire dish that serves a good 8 people.
1/2 cup minced onion
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts (plus more if you want to sprinkle it on top)
1 1/2 cups long grained white rice
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup chopped jarred grape leaves and 1/4 cup of its brine
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/4 cup fresh dill
Cook rice in vegetable broth along with the chopped grape leaves, brine, lemon juice, and pepper. Saute onions in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add onion into the rice mixture and cook for 30-35 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, top with parsley and dill.
Mmmm. I just love the scent of fresh dill! My grandma is Finish, so she puts dill on everything. It must run in my genes, because I have a deep appreciation for this herb. It’s not used much in American cooking, but I urge you all to start adding it to your dish! It has such an earthy quality that is hard to reproduce.
The cherry clafoutis…. didn’t turn out well. We don’t know what happened, but it ended up looking like a piece of rotting tofu. It was grey and crumbly. I don’t know what a clafoutis is, but apparently its supposed to settle like a flan. Ours tasted ok, but the texture was completely wrong. I think I’ll leave that for the professionals next time! haha
Well it’s gettin late here, so I think I’m gonna go snuggle up in bed soon. I’m not a big fan of chilly weather (chilly here means 60 degrees), but one thing I DO LOVE is snuggling up in my soft blanket. Blankets are not nice in hot weather, but there is something so so darned COMFY about the feel of blanket on your skin. Can’t get enough of it! Plus I’ve got flannel sheets, so my bed is just like this big, soft cloud. It does make it that much harder to get up in the morning though. haha. But I guess that is a price I’m willing to pay. Oh Pillow! Here I come! 🙂
Whether or not you have a day off tomorrow, I hope everyone has a spectacular day! Good night blog world, sleep tight!
Tonight’s question: Do you have a stuffed animal on your bed?
My answer: they all end up on the floor, but I’ve got a few, including my favorite named Gouppie (don’t ask) that I’ve had since like, 1st grade.