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Taboulistic

TabouDSC_6320RAW cuisine is so immensely creative. Replacing cooked grains or pasta for similar tasting ingredients solves the common sogginess of traditional Tabbouleh (Tabouli) Salad. No matter what I used to do, my grain tabbouleh was sweating. This new recipe has an unusual twist, can be made as RAW recipe and tastes great. Instead of cracked wheat or couscous pasta, it uses chopped cauliflower… See recipe. 

Variation of a Theme

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Black beans are such a Soul Food. As mushrooms have Umami flavor, black beans, I am sure have something similar. While red bean Chili is an American favorite… ( just read our local fire department’s participates in a chili contest,) there are some like me, who are just not able to survive the day after Red Bean Chili (maybe the beans were not soaked?) however, I have never met anyone who can pass up a velvety Black Bean soup.
My earlier recipe contained butternut squash, this one here is even easier, it is based on tomatoes. I always recommend to go as fresh as possible with ingredients, use fresh tomatoes instead of canned, which in winter may be a challenge. This soup is more succulent less sweet and more spicy than the other recipe and it comes close to Dobbs Ferry’s Tomatillo restaurant soup. See here for recipe.

Picnic time

PestoDSC_3913.1Don’t use your stove during the heat. If you cook pasta beforehand, you will have a great base for cold pesto dishes for lunch and dinner that also work well as picnic and party food. This sundried tomato pesto tastes well warm or cold, if you add fresh tomato and basil, you will have a wonderful cold salad. My pesto will always have some wild herbs in it. See recipe

Orzo rediscovered

OrizoDSC_3558Warmer days ask for lighter fare. With humid heat around 32˚C the cold and succulent salads are back as a great alternative to warm lunches. Prepared in advance, they are easy to take anywhere and are very filling. Short before our first CSA pickup, salads seem to be harder to come by at Whole Foods. Armed with some watercress and organic chickweed from the garden, we have an even more nutritious alternative here… a new twist on the good old orzo salad. See recipe

Salsa Roja

Fresh Salsa is short lived. The popular thick Latin American red sauce (salsa roja), sells meanwhile better in the US than ketchup and comes in many different colors and recipes. Unlike Salsa Cruda, which is a cooked version of the hot tomato dip, the fresh Salsa is made from raw ingredients. Use the molcajete (mortar & pestle) or an ordinary blender. Important is, that the garlic and lime juice have to be fresh, they prevent the growth of bacteria and therefore should never be replaced by dried powder mixes. On a hot day, with too many tomatoes at hand, Salsa even makes a light dinner with a side salad. Cut a tortilla sheet into chips and toast them on a frying pan and you will have fresh warm chips. Easy and nice effect. Recipe

Tuscan Styles

Tuscan Food –  Simple dishes made into delicacies with natural ingredients and good wines. Light, landscape, the food of Tuscany, the dream of a rich and simple life… Marketing has been using ‘Tuscany’ to stimulate our ‘Back to Basics’ instinct. Even a line of cat food has been named Tuscan style… Tuscan foods are rich in olive oil, tomatoes, zucchini and cheese. Tuscan favorites are Bruschetta; a tomato toast appetizer or Ribolleta, a vegetable bean soup. Following is a ‘Tuscan’ Salad with tomatoes, sauteed vegetables and basil; it contains orzo pasta and can be served warm. Get the recipe

Saving green zebras

Maybe a Global warming ‘Trick or Treat’? The unexpected snowstorm in New York on October 29 had us gather our crop in a hurry. A couple of years ago, I discovered Heirlooms at the Union Square market and was experimenting with different tomato kinds in containers since then. The plentitude of little ‘Blondköpfchen’, the voluptious Millie, the tasty Brandywine, the Purple Cherokee and the Black Krim.  Continue reading