Thursday, June 03, 2004
I think I'd have to say that Lebanese food is some of my very favorite, especially when the weather turns warm. Last night I decided it was Lebanese food weather (it's in the mid 70's, which is pretty nice for Portland this time of year).
So, I cooked up some
- Fried eggplant with pomegranate sauce: fry up some slices of eggplant in a fair amount of oil until tender, then drain on paper towels. The sauce is pomegranate molasses mixed with some chopped garlic, good olive oil, salt and pepper, drizzled over the eggplant slices. Puts eggplant in a whole new light. I've served it to people who swore they didn't like eggplant (my sister in law :) ) and had them come back for seconds.
- Cucumbers in yogurt: just chopped cucumbers in yogurt (use laban if you have a Middle Eastern grocery around, or drain the yogurt for best results) with garlic, dill, salt and pepper. I mixed in some Italian parsely and just a touch of Spanish smoked paprika with fine results.
- Lamb patties: I was lazy at this point, and just mixed up some ground lamb with some of Penzey's "Turkish Seasoning" and chopped garlic, then pan-fried them. Would be good as kabobs too.
- Whole wheat pita. I got some "Bible Bread" from Garden of Eatin'.
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