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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    That's right - Trinidad is half Indian in population. I've never tried dhal before.
    Yep, what can I say? We do get round . Here is another Trinidad favorite called "doubles". It is sold everywhere on the island and is vegetarian.

    http://www.amazing-trinidad-vacation...es-recipe.html
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    More gushing for my immersion blender - I made cream of broccoli soup last night, what a dream! And only the attachment and the original pot to wash - no extra bowls, processor parts, wipe ups. Where has this thing been all my life?

    We had cheddar crostini with the soup, yum. None of that left, but I get to have the soup again for lunch today, yay!

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    LOL@Jenny! I have to check that blender thing out.
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    With all the talk of asparagus, this recipe caught my eye - simple yet sophisticated.

    And speaking of favourite appliances, one I can't live without that would be handy for this recipe is an egg cooker. Cuisinart makes a cute steel egg shaped one, and I use an old Toastmaster. Simply the easiest way to get perfectly boiled eggs, never with the gray ring. I've even faked poached eggs by setting it to soft boiled and then carefully peeling.

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    Anybody in the market for a KitchenAid mixer? I've never seen it cheaper!!

    http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/...0-mir-and-30#1

    *For some reason, the website didn't give me free shipping, but a quick call to Kohls customer service fixed that. By the way, this sale ends at 4pm eastern.
    Last edited by gerb; 03-08-2012 at 05:46 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Yep, what can I say? We do get round . Here is another Trinidad favorite called "doubles". It is sold everywhere on the island and is vegetarian.

    http://www.amazing-trinidad-vacation...es-recipe.html
    I love indian food. I made a curried leg of lamb once - it could have been better. I'll try it again, but with no one to cook for, I don't feel inspired to do so.

    But mainly I lurve lamb korma, meat samosas and the fragrant rice that comes with the dinner. What is the secret to good Indian rice?

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    Trinidadian Indian and Indian Indian food are two entirely different creatures but the basis of all Indian recipes is the spices. The stuff uses lots of them and also the type of rice is important. Here is a quick and easy saffron rice recipe for you to try. I love saffron rice and also Thai Jasmin rice is good too.

    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/indian-saffron-rice/
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    I'm in need of a quinoa salad recipe recommendation, vegetarian please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelskates View Post
    I'm in need of a quinoa salad recipe recommendation, vegetarian please!
    I've posted this before (Habs ) but since you asked - Santa Fe Quinoa Salad.

    Don't substitute the cocktail onions - it sounds weird, but their pickling juice combines with the lime to make the dressing. After we served this at a BBQ, everyone wanted the recipe and now all our friends are making it. Several have noted that their teens love it too.

    Later this morning I will be attempting shakshuka for brunch - this is from a gorgeous vegetarian cookbook some here might be interested in called Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    Later this morning I will be attempting shakshuka for brunch - this is from a gorgeous vegetarian cookbook some here might be interested in called Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi.
    Oh My God was that good!! I've seen lots of recipes for shakshuka in books and magazines and always meant to make it, and this version knocked it right out of the park.

    I was so inspired by it and the record breaking warm weather that I went on to cook two more recipes from this book yesterday, each more delicious than the next. I ordered his first book first thing this morning

    If anyone is interested in Plenty - which is vegetarian but not vegan - note that there are two versions out there. White cover is the original with UK measurements, and cover with an eggplant/pomegranate dish is the same recipes but Americanized with measurements and names of certain ingredients (ie courgettes become zucchini).

    I think I'm going to be cooking from this book A LOT this spring and summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Trinidadian Indian and Indian Indian food are two entirely different creatures but the basis of all Indian recipes is the spices. The stuff uses lots of them and also the type of rice is important. Here is a quick and easy saffron rice recipe for you to try. I love saffron rice and also Thai Jasmin rice is good too.

    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/indian-saffron-rice/
    I love saffron; why is it so pricey.

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    Saffron is actually the stigma of a variety of crocus.
    There are only a few fronds in each plant, therefore it's very expensive.

    http://homecooking.about.com/od/food...ronhistory.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelskates View Post
    I'm in need of a quinoa salad recipe recommendation, vegetarian please!
    I don't normally follow a recipe per se for quinoa salads -- I just toss in whatever I have on hand. My favourite combo is Moroccan spices (preserved lemon, cumin, cinnamon, mint, garlic, a little chili or harissa) with cubed cuke, green onion, raisins, slivered almond, parsley, and tomato. Toss with some olive oil and lemon juice, and voila. I'll throw in some chick peas too sometimes for added fibre & protein.

    For an actual recipe, though, I've made this one before -- particularly at Thankgsgiving -- and it's quite yummy. Quinoa, Squash, and Pumpkin Seed Salad.

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    Do you make the harissa? Does anyone have recipes to share?

    I've been using the same simple recipe for 20+ years, but it doesn't have caraway as most versions seem to - interested if anyone has a favourite.

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    ^ I have made harissa in the past (from an ancient cookbook, don't have an e-version of the recipe), but I've found a really good and really cheap store-bought brand, so I usually just use that now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    Saffron is actually the stigma of a variety of crocus.
    There are only a few fronds in each plant, therefore it's very expensive.

    http://homecooking.about.com/od/food...ronhistory.htm
    And hand picked. So a big to all those farmers who make their living dealing in the stuff.
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    A co-worker just made this for our office after being in Jamaica...Yummy!!

    Jamaican Inspired Chicken Pumpkin Vegetable Curry Soup Serves 10

    About 4 Cups Processed Pumpkin:

    To process pumpkin: Trim away skin and guts from a fresh pumpkin and cube into chunks about 1.5 inches square. Spread in one layer in a microwavable steamer and microwave on high for 7 minutes. Pumpkin can also be steamed in a traditional steamer for about 50 min or until tender, or boiled for about 25 minutes until tender (drain well). You can also roast the pumpkin in the oven for 30 - 45 minutes (depending on the size of the pieces) until tender.
    Mash pumpkin by hand with potato masher
    Measure into a 4 cup measuring cup, heap full.

    2 Cups Chicken Stock or 2 Cups Water + 1T Chicken Bouillon:

    In a blender mix 2 cups chicken stock (or 2 cups of water with 1T chicken bouillon).
    Add the processed pumpkin, filling the blender to the top and liquefy.
    Transfer to a soup pot. Start the mixture simmering on low heat.

    1/2 Cup Water
    1 tsp. Salt
    1T + 1 tsp. Curry Powder
    3 Large Garlic Cloves (minced)
    1T + 1 tsp. Soy Sauce
    1/3 tsp. Black Pepper
    1 tsp. Celery Salt
    2 tsp. Franks Red Hot Original
    Cayenne Pepper Sauce
    *Adjust seasonings to taste.

    Add ½ cup water to blender, add spices and blend. Add to the soup pot.

    1 Chicken Breast
    2 T butter
    2 Large Onions (chopped)
    1/4 Cup Flour
    1 Cup Water

    Meanwhile, sauté a chicken breast and 2 large onions in butter. (add more butter if necessary to make gravy) Remove chicken. Add flour and blend well to thicken, then add approximately a cup of water (adding more in small amounts if necessary) to make medium thick gravy. Then cut chicken into small bite size pieces. Add both to the soup pot.

    3 Large Potatoes (cut into cubes)
    Carrots (cut into cubes)
    Celery (chopped)
    Green Pepper (chopped)

    Add to soup and simmer until vegetables are tender and enjoy!

    *Optional:
    1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
    1/2 Cup Heavy Cream Or Sour Cream
    With the soup on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add cream while stirring to incorporate. If a little too spicy, add more cream to cool it down.


    Shopping List:

    • About 4 Cups Processed Pumpkin (About 4 Lbs. Of Pumpkin)
    • 2 Cups Chicken Stock Or Chicken Bouillon (1 T)
    • Salt (1 tsp. Salt)
    • Curry Powder (1T + 1 tsp.)
    • 3 Large Garlic Cloves (minced)
    • Soy Sauce (1T + 1 tsp.)
    • Franks Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce (2 tsp.)
    • Black Pepper (1/3 tsp.)
    • Celery Salt (1 tsp.)
    • 2 Large Onions (chopped)
    • Butter (2 T)
    • 1 Chicken Breast
    • Cup Flour (1/4 cup)
    • 3 Large Potatoes (cubed)
    • Carrots (cubed)
    • Celery (chopped)
    • Green Pepper (chopped)

    Optional:
    • Brown Sugar (1/2 Cup)
    • Heavy Cream Or Sour Cream (1/2 Cup)
    Last edited by Gypsy; 03-16-2012 at 05:11 PM.
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    Wow, that sounds good. I think I need to put it on my to make list.

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    I made this the other night and it was delicious! I roasted some frozen chicken tenders (not breaded) in the oven and threw them in along with some sauteed bell peppers. Very easy to make.

    Creamy garlic pasta:

    http://thecheesepusher.tumblr.com/po...y-garlic-pasta
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelskates View Post
    I'm in need of a quinoa salad recipe recommendation, vegetarian please!
    You can make tabbouleh with quinoa (instead of bulgur wheat).

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