September 14, 2011 by Giulietta
Ok, I'm at the end of the meal… well, actually I'm at side dishes!
I'm telling you I reached the end of the meal, 'cause today I want to share with you one of those recipes that to me are a clear sign of pure laziness: one of those recipes that I make when I'm out of ideas, but I want still to enjoy a good side dish, simple, quick and different from the usual (ie, for me, different from pan-fried carrots with garlic and rosemary: and I still love these carrots, by the way). In short, once discovered this recipe in a Arabic cookbook I received as a gift a long long time ago, I never left it!
This recipe has only three requisites, but all of three are vital: you must have some carrots at your fingertips, you have to love cumin (like me! Cumin, I love you) and you must have this fragrant spice at home with you (I'll have cumin for the next four or five years, since I bought half a kilo of it from an Arabic butcher in the Porta Palazzo open market -by the way, I think that Porta Palazzo is one the unmissable places to visit in a Turin tour)
If you meet these prerequisites, you can go ahead with the reading… well, you can do it even if don't meet them, but your reading won't have a practical application, in this case.
Category Arabic cuisine, Side dish, Spices, Vegetables | Tags: carrots,cumin,side dish,spices,vegetables | 38 Comments
June 1, 2011 by Giulietta
For some time now I was intrigued by an unusual course, sweet or salty, called crumble, 'cause it has a layer made of fruits/vegetables /meat or fish (these latter two types are less common) covered with a layer of crumbs, sweet or salty. Everything is baked in the oven and the result is crunchy outside, warm and soft inside and, as far as I'm concerned, also a little thready.
In fact, despite I looked for some time with alluring eyes sweet crumble recipes (apples, berries, cherries and so on), in the end I was enthralled by the salty ones, that attract me even more.
And what could enchant more than a crumble where one of my favorite vegetables, zucchini, were combined with fresh mint and Greek feta cheese?! Nothing else could get as straight to my heart (or my stomach) as this wonderful, quick and easy recipe by Elga (aka Semi di Papavero) for a perfect zucchini crumble! I just made a tiny change, increasing the amount of zucchini.
Needless to say, to the left you can see the raw layer of vegetables, and to the right you can see also the layer of crumble, already baked!
Category Appetizer and Finger food, Herbs, Side dish, Vegetables | Tags: butter,cheese,crumble,feta cheese,herbs,mint,side dish,vegetables,zucchini | 17 Comments