Vegan Ethiopian Recipe: Misir Wot (Spicy Red Lentil Stew)

Vegan Ethiopian Recipe:  Misir Wot (Spicy Red Lentil Stew)

I was treated to lunch this afternoon as a belated birthday present. We tried Ethiopian food at Ethiopian Love restaurant in Chinatown. Based on reviews, we tried the vegetarian sampler, sambussas, and my carnivore friends had a lamb dish. The sampler plate came with Misir Wot, a spicy red lentil stew, Kik, a yellow...

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Turkish Zucchini and Yogurt Dip or Spread (Yoğurtlu Kabak Mezesi)

(Sorry, no photo yet…we ate it all up before we could take a picture!) I had this delicious, plain-looking dip as part of meze, appetizers, at a pide (like pizza without tomato sauce) shop in Turkey. It was served with flatbread–the same dough as the pide crust, just plain. Later I smeared some on...

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Muhammara (Turkish/Middle Eastern Roasted Red Pepper Dip)

Muhammara (Turkish/Middle Eastern Roasted Red Pepper Dip)

I had this dip in Turkey, where it is served with other meze, appetizers. You can play with all the amounts to get something you like the taste of. It’s traditionally made with pomegranate molasses, but balsamic vinegar makes a perfect substitute. Turkish red pepper flakes, or pul biber, are always on the table,...

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Turkish Bean Stew Recipe–Zeytinyağlı Barbunya

Turkish Bean Stew Recipe–Zeytinyağlı Barbunya

This is another simple Turkish dish that becomes more than the sum of its parts. So many Turkish dishes contain similar ingredients: onion, tomato, garlic, and red bell peppers. But this also traditionally uses a red speckled bean, called barbunya. You can use pintos, borlotti, or cranberry beans, or probably any red beans, and...

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A New Greenhouse Design for Growing Vegetables in Dry Areas

I learned about this new development in dryland vegetable farming. It’s a greenhouse that is being developed in Ethiopia. The system is sort of a combination of condensation collection and greenhouse all in one. One of the challenges in drylands and desert, which is an increasing one for all of us in most places...

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What is companion planting?

Companion planting is planting two different types of plants together, so that they benefit from each other. One recent example paired alyssum, a flower, with lettuce. Traditionally-grown lettuce prices shot up in 2014 because many of them were overcome by aphids, tiny insect predators that can easily take over and destroy many crops. But...

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Gardening Update on Back to Eden Method of Mulching

A little over a year ago, I posted about a video I had seen, The Garden of Eden, and that I was trying to use the method recommended, which was to get a truckload of wood chips and leaves to use for mulch. You can read the post here. I want to give you...

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Have you seen Ray Villafane’s amazing pumpkin carvings? If not, go check out the gallery on his website. http://villafanestudios.com/gallery/ His creativity and skill are jaw-dropping. If you’ve ever attempted to carve produce, you will appreciate his skill. Inspired by his work, here is the best I could do:

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Raw Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Summer is perfect for raw food. You don’t heat up the kitchen, and you can use the bounty of fresh produce that’s in season. This recipe is my version of something I ate at a local raw, vegan restaurant. You can make this at home for a fraction of the double-digit menu price. Recipe:...

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Question About Mayonnaise

I got a question from Bobbi: “Can you still consider it vegan if you make it with mayonnaise? Doesn’t mayonnaise have milk and eggs in it?” The answer is that traditional mayonnaise is made with eggs and oil, but no dairy. The egg provides lecithin, which acts as an emulsifier. Emulsifiers help to combine...

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