Recipes

B.O.E (Bell Pepper, Onion, and Eggplant Sandwich)

My father take prides in his garden so he was happy when Ma came up with this easy way to use extra eggplant.  Eaten open-faced or in sandwich form, it’s roughly equal parts eggplant, bell pepper and onion atop rye bread with a bit of seasoning. It’s a simple way to enjoy fresh vegetables and […]

Black-Eyed Pea Dip Recipe (Georgian Lobio Variation, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Normally, the delicious Georgian dip lobio is made with red beans as posted about here. This new version with black-eyed peas came about because we had a bunch of leftovers hydrated after making Hoppin’ John. These legumes, while delicious are milder than the traditional so I kicked up the seasoning a bit. The end result […]

Pav Bhaji (Indian Mashed Veggies Served with Buttered Bread)

Boardwalk delicacies in America include seafood, funnel cake, ice cream, fudge and other treats. If you’re near the Jersey Shore, pork roll and frozen custard must be added to that list. When visiting Juhu Beach in Mumbai India it was exciting to discover their beach options. Most eye-catching was Pav Bhaji, Indian mashed veggies in […]

Chicken Paprikash Recipe

Despite originating in Mexico, paprika is most closely associated with Hungary. Magyar paprika is naturally a bit sweeter than paprika elsewhere because “of the longer cooling season.” From cultivation to turning it into a powder, the process takes seven months. The spice is so important to the country that at one point it was nationalized. […]

Vegetarian Pad Thai Recipe

Arguably, there isn’t anything more satisfying than a bowl of noodles. Well perhaps more satisfying is a glass of riesling with said bowl of noodles. Pad Thai is one of those dishes, like biryani that we’d tried to make a few years back but failed spectacularly. They ended up mushy and the tamarind concentrate tasted […]

Indian Biryani Recipe

Biryani is one of those dishes associate with special occasions like pujas, parties or weddings. It’s a little bit of effort to get everything in the pot, but the end result is very worth it. All the spices cook into the rice to make an amazing one pot meal. It’s highly customizable – veggies and […]

Georgian Lobio Red Bean Dip (Georgian Food Month, Part 3)

Welcome to part 3 of Georgian Food Month. Click here for part 1 (Phkali– a spinach and walnut dip) or part 2 (Kharcho Soup – vegan/non-veg versions). I’m a big fan of red beans for their nutrition and versatility. They can be thrown into chili, made into ice cream, used in baking and of course […]