Chicken & Okra, Turkish Style
I'm incredibly fortunate that my in-laws keep a massive garden, and we're on the receiving end of tons of delicious, fresh, good for you veggies. Okra is that one thing that other than including in Cajun Cuisine, or frying up in corn meal as my mother in law does, I'm at a loss of what to do with. Years ago, I found this recipe in the NYT (slowly but surely modified over the years) for a Turkish dish which bring Okra and Chicken together in an incredibly hearty meal... it also taught me the technique of how to cut the SLIMINESS out of Okra (included in the list below) so you can enjoy the flavor without the nasty slime that sometimes accompanies it. Now that we're in the last throes of summer veggies, try this out! Enjoy!
Time: 2 hours
As they say in my home country, Buen Provecho! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Homemade Harissa (Tunisian Spread)
Harissa, if you're not familiar with it, is a Tunisian spread which adds a heat-laden explosion of flavors to any meal. While you can buy in a tube, the homemade version is so much healthier and fresher, and will keep for well over a month in the refrigerator. Among other uses, I smear a small amount on sandwiches, or a small dollop in stews or sauces to add complexity and a bit of heat. Fair warning: a little goes a long way!
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Once you guys have this salad, you'll have it on your menu at least once a week! Remarkably versatile, it's a staple in our home now given our love for Mediterranean/Persian cooking. It can serve as a side salad or an entree, depending on you and your guests preference. Use this as a great opportunity to empty out the refrigerator before shopping day... and let me know what you like the most!
As they say in my home country, Buen Provecho!
This recipe came from our friends at the Mediterranean Dish, with a few modifications from yours truly. I served with Lebanese Rice and a side fattoush salad! YUMZZZ!
Herb & Radish Salad with Walnuts
This recipe comes courtesy of the NYT and is a STELLAR addition to any meal! It definitely carries the flavors of the Middle East and is a fresh, wonderful idea for idea, especially for the hot summer days! To make vegan, remove the feta cheese.
And as they say in Venezuela, Bueno Provecho!