Archive for the ‘snacks’ Category

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doubles

July 22, 2014

this is the quintessential trinidadian street food.

savory, sweet, hot, filling, and wonderful.

doubles consist of two (hence the name) flat pieces of fry-bread called BARA filled with a chickpea mixture.

it is also agreed throughout the recipes i checked out that the chickpeas and bara themselves are not the sweet, spicy, and sour flavor doubles are known for. this flavor comes from the condiments. see below for toppings!

it is the kind of street food that people in trinidad don’t really cook at home (source) but if you have a craving like i do, you can try to make it at home.
the doubles i got at trini-gul in a west indian neighborhood in brooklyn were one of the best foods i’ve ever had in my entire life.

i hope to make them at home and have them taste even half as good.

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bara

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 T baking powder
1 teaspoon yeast
1/3 cup warm water
1/4 tsp sugar
Oil for frying

place warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl until foamy.

knead ingredients together until dough is smooth.

pour a bit of oil over the top, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, and rest until dough doubles.

oil or wet your hands – dough is sticky. make two-inch balls. flatten to the size of your hand.

fry, at about forty seconds per side or until puffy and done.

adapted from trini gourmet, simply trini cooking, and chennette

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chickpeas

heat 1 T oil in a heavy bottomed pot or pan. add a chopped onion. when soft, add 1 t curry powder, 1 t turmeric, three cloves of garlic minced, 2 t ground cumin, 2 t salt, 1 t pepper, 5 leaves chadon beni (bandhania/culantro/long cilantro, or substitute cilantro,) and 1 t trinidadian pepper sauce. stir-fry until fragrant. add 2 c chickpeas and a cup of water. simmer until chickpeas are soft.

adapted from trini gourmet, simply trini cooking, amazing trinidad, and chennette.

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you MUST top with grated or preserved cucumbers or cucumber chutney, mango kuchela (trinidadian sweet&sour chutney,) and tamarind sauce to get that flavor!

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smoked salmon spring rolls

July 11, 2014

super quick, super healthy! i was told to “cook” something that didn’t involve the oven. great for hot days. a nice variation of sweet veg spring rolls for fish eaters.

- spring roll wrappers
- smoked salmon or other smoked fish
- fresh crunchy veg, like thinly sliced cucumbers, thinly sliced carrot, lightly steamed asparagus, or fresh lettuce
- creamy things, like avocado, goat cheese, or cream cheese
- mung bean noodles or thin rice noodles
- fresh herbs, like fresh dill, tarragon, basil, mint, cilantro, or any combination

roll all thinly sliced ingredients into soaked and prepared spring roll wrappers.

serve with a dipping sauce like gyoza dipping sauce, or make a simple dipping sauce with any combination of mirin, soy sauce or hoisin, ginger, sesame oil, chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and fish sauce.

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melitzanosalata (greek eggplant dip)

July 10, 2014

this vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, and super-healthy dip from lemon and olives sounds very much like a tahini-free baba ghanouj. it doesn’t get much more healthy than this.

2 medium sized eggplants
⅛ cup chopped parsley (optional)
1 garlic clove, grated
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup olive oil (or desired amount)
Salt and pepper to taste

Pierce eggplants with fork a few times and place in broiler until soft (and turns black) OR on BBQ for 10-15min turning every few minutes.
Remove and let cool.
Remove outer skin (black part) by hand.
Cut the eggplants into pieces.
Place in a large bowl and add parsley and garlic
Slowly add olive oil and lemon and crush with fork.
Mix in salt and pepper.
Serve with bread!

OR

simply roast eggplants til black, strip skin, and throw all ingredients into food processor or blender.

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from lemon and olives

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cortido (latin american sauerkraut)

May 18, 2014

i know the basics on kefir, yogurt, and fermenting veggies, so i don’t tend to read beginner’s guides. i should, though – they are full of fun recipes i’ve never tried….
like this one!
i imagine this is perfect at a barbecue heaped on to grilled veggies or hot dogs!

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cortido

1 large cabbage, cored and shredded
1 cup grated carrots
2 medium onions, quartered lengthwise and very finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced (optional)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon whey (optional, to kick-start fermentation)

pound (optional) and combine ingredients.

from cultures for health

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ferment in a fido jar, a mason jar with weights, a crock, a pickler, or anything non-reactive. you can even use a casserole dish with a plate on top!

for more information about how to ferment, check out:

- sandor katz’s Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods

- sandor katz’s The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World,

- cultures for health’s lacto-fermentation e-book

- or my quick run-down

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amazing! delicious! sweet, savory, full of flavor – BETTER THAN SAUERKRAUT! try this today!

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raw broccoli slaw

May 15, 2014

i have never grated broccoli before. this looks delicious!

i can’t decide which dressing to try. two dressings are mayo-based, for those of you who like the midwestern-style creamy salads. one is light, dairy-free, mayo-free, and super-healthy, but a little pricier to make because of the sesame oil.

grate broccoli

add any or all of the following, in whatever proportions you like:
sliced orange segments
sliced almonds
halved grapes
minced red onion
grated jicama
minced shallots
minced green onions
cilantro

orange sesame dressing from epicurious
1 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce (optional)
1 shallot, chopped
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

buttermilk dressing from smitten kitchen
1/2 cup buttermilk, well-shaken
1/3 cup mayonnaise (this is more than is in the original, to thicken the dressing further)
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot (or, you could just use a little extra red onion to simplify it)

cranberry orange dressing from simply recipes
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp dried sweetened cranberries, plumped up in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes, then drained
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp honey (or less, to taste)
1 small clove garlic
1 Tbsp orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, more to taste
6 Tbsp vegetable oil (or canola, peanut, or rice bran oil)
1/4 cup mayonnaise

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tried the cranberry orange dressing. the cranberries i used were so sweetened that 1 T honey made it too sweet. great for people who like the ultra-sweet raisins-and-broccoli midwestern-style broccoli salad. overall, good.

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coconut-vanilla granola bars

February 15, 2014

excited to make this today – thanks to emma eats for the recipe!

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(makes 10 bars)

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup finely chopped pitted medjool dates (about 5 or 6 large dates)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground kosher salt
1/2 cup dark maple syrup, room temperature
3 tablespoons melted unrefined coconut oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
optional – a shake of cayenne

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Spread the oats and coconut evenly over a baking sheet and toast in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, stirring once or twice over the duration. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

Grease an 8″ x 8″ square pan, or line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the oat/coconut mixture with the chopped dates, ground flaxseed, chocolate chips, cinnamon and salt. After the dates are broken up and not sticking together in one big bunch, stir in the maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.

Using a spatula, press the mixture evenly into the base of the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely in pan before cutting.

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from emma eats

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update: not my favorite. tasted heavily of maple syrup. first attempt at a granola bar. tons of substitutions and added lots of cashews and walnuts, which is probably why they fell apart. also figured out i was cutting them too early – they really have to cool a bit before you cut them.

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spicy cilantro almond pesto

July 11, 2013

1 bunch fresh cilantro (2 cups loosely packed)
½ cup toasted almonds
juice of 1 lime
1″ section of fresh ginger, chopped
3 garlic cloves
¼ cup loosely packed mint leaves
squirt of honey, pinch of sugar, or your favorite sweetener
½ tsp salt
½ jalapeño (seeds included for more spice)
¼ cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth. Add more oil and salt as needed.

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adapted from the kitchen paper

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green bean salad with olive and sun-dried tomato

June 30, 2013

600g fresh green beans, ends removed
10 large green olives, pitted and sliced
10 large kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
50g sundried tomatoes, chopped
75g sliced almonds, toasted
¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced

steam green beans 3-5 mins. plunge into cold water.

chop, combine with other ingredients, refrigerate.

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from here

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mercimek köftesi (red lentil kofte)

June 27, 2013

1 cup red lentil
1/2 cup fine bulgur
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups of water
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp tomato + red pepper paste (if you cannot find red pepper paste you can use 1 tbsp tomato paste)
~1 tsp salt
juice of half or 1 lemon (depends on how you like it: sour or not so sour)
1/3 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/2 bunch green onion, finely chopped
curly leaf lettuce

-Wash lentils and boil them in 2 cups of water until it almost soaks the water.
-Once you turn it off, add bulgur and salt. Mix once and cover to let the bulgur expand. Let it cool off.
-Heat oil in a pan and add the onion (not the green one!) and cook until soft.
-Add tomato paste and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
-Add cumin and stir once you turn it off.
-Add this to the lentils which should be cool by now.
-Add half of finely chopped parsley, green onion, and lemon juice to the lentils. Mix all well.
-Take walnut size pieces and give them kofte shape in your hands.
-You can either place lettuce leaves on a serving plate and put koftes on top as in the picture, or serve koftes and lettuce leaves separately. However, when you eat them you should wrap each kofte in a lettuce leaf.

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from almost turkish

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raw spinach and marinated mushrooms dip

June 25, 2013

marinated mushrooms:

2 big mushrooms, finely sliced
3 TBSP olive oil
1.5 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp tamari (or nama shoyu, as you prefer)
1 small garlic clove, grated or minced
½ tsp raw mustard or other mustard
pinch sea salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

marinate overnight

(I add to a jar and give it a shake whenever I walk past it)

the next day, add these to your food processor with:

2 handfuls fresh spinach (or any tender leafy green like arugula, lamb’s quarter, etc.)
½ cup chopped parsley, cilantro, or your favorite mild herb
1 green onion, roughly sliced
olive oil (to taste)
pinch chili flakes

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adapted from tales of a kitchen

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Really great. Highly recommended. I subbed cilantro for parsley and it was really tasty.

This is a great snack or side dish to serve alongside bread or veggies at a party. Next time you have people over, offer them some of this raw spinach and mushrooms dip alongside baba and hummus, or beer and cheese dip, or lentil and olive dip. This is a great healthy alternative to the package of cream cheese spinach-and-artichoke dip (or a great vegan option to serve alongside it.)

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