Friday, October 26, 2007

Stuff it.

Thanks for your comments last week - keep 'em coming!

Considering which holiday is coming up next week, may I point you to the impressively creative designs on this site? Go to the photo gallery - I think I like the cannibal pumpkin and the puking pumpkin the best.

I had meant to post this recipe for Thanksgiving a few weeks ago, but you know how it goes around here sometimes (...shoulda, woulda, coulda). Keep it in mind for American Thanksgiving, all you residents of the United States.

Millet-Stuffed Bell Peppers

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This tasty dish is a wonderful stuffing substitute for vegetarians at a winter feast. It has an impressive amount of protein what with the millet and the tahini and raw seeds, and serving it along side some beans would make the protein complete. Personally, I love its rich taste so much that I don't just wait around for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I make it as often as I think of it. Mmmmm!

1 tbsp. olive oil + 1 tbsp. filtered water
2 medium onions (or so), finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. tamari soy sauce
2 tsp. dried thyme (or 1 tbsp. fresh)
1 tsp. dried rosemary (or 2 tsp. fresh)
1/2 tsp. celery seed
a few twists of the ol' pepper mill
4 cups cooked millet (quinoa or brown rice would also work)
3/4 cup tahini
3/4 cup ground raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1/3 cup filtered water or vegetable stock
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
6-8 organic medium-large bell peppers (any colour)

In a 3-quart saucepan, warm oil and water over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until they begin to soften (about 8 minutes). Add garlic, tamari and herbs. Cook for about 5 minutes more.

In a bowl, combine millet, tahini and seeds. Once it is mixed well, add it to the saucepan and cook until everything until well heated, stirring occasionally and drizzling in the water to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat and mix in the parsley.

Preheat the oven to 375oF.

Carefully slice the tops off the bell peppers,
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remove the core and veins and stuff the peppers with the millet mixture recipe.

Place peppers upright in a baking pan with a centimetre or two of water at the bottom. Slide in the oven and bake until the peppers are soft – about 25-30 minutes.

Serves 6-8.


I won't be around next week as my cookbook manuscript is due at the publisher's. Wish me luck!

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Friday, October 19, 2007

A good base

It's been weeks - weeks! - since I've been over here. I apologize for my inconsistency. It's in part because I am so engrossed in finishing off this cookbook manuscript. But another piece is that with so few comments in the past few months, I haven't been very motivated. You've heard be say it before: When you don't comment, I feel like I'm talking to myself out here in internet land. I may not respond to your comment, but rest assured I do read them and greatly appreciate them. Do I sound a little bit like a Jewish mother (guilt, guilt, guilt)?

Anyhow, the weather's cooled off since I last posted and it's high time I finally offered you a good veg stock recipe. A perfect way to start off all your warming soups.

Vegetable Stock

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Vegetable stock can replace water in soups and a number of other recipes (like stews, sauces and gravies). It's a great way to make use of veggies that were on the way to the compost, and it adds a bit more minerals and flavour to your food.

As far as I know there are no hard and fast rules to making a veg stock – just work with what you’ve got.

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
vegetables and vegetable scraps - carrots, leek greens, parsley stalks, parsnip, mushrooms, celery, zucchini, tomatoes... (but no leafy greens or green peppers, they'll make the stock bitter)
filtered water to cover
16 pepper corns (or one per cup of water)
2 bay leaves

In a large pot, sauté up an onion or two in some oil. Once translucent (about 10 minutes), add a few cloves of garlic. Next throw in some vegetables and clean veggie scraps that you have on hand (sorry-looking scraps are okay, dirty & mouldy ones aren't). Add the water, pepper, bay leaf and herbs. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30-45 minutes. Strain out the veggies, extracting as much of the liquid as possible. Discard veggies (hopeful you have a compost where you live). Allow stock to cool. Refrigerate for 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

* Once I made a stock using the pulp from a bunch of home-pressed carrot/ apple/ ginger/ beet juice. The pulp out had been scooped out of the juicer and stored in sealed containers in the freezer. When we were ready to make stock, we thawed out the pulp and used it in lieu of veggie scraps in the recipe. Needless to say a stock with apple and gingerroot pulp really only lends itself to certain recipes.

** I froze a bunch of stock in glass jars this summer - boy was that a disaster! They all cracked! Get out your plastic tupperware for this stuff if you're planning to store 'em below zero.



"Domestic affair... do you think it's a funny title?" I asked a friend.
"Funny ha-ha?" she responded, "well, no not really."
"But 'domestic affair', it's like what's going on in the nation, but it's also me, being drawn to all these domestic tasks - knitting, cooking, caring for small children..." I tried to explain.
"I like that it has the word affair in it," she concluded.

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