Thursday, August 7, 2008

harissa, meh

In an attempt to overcome my mid-summer slump I decided to try to make a North African chili
sauce called Harissa that I had been reading about lately. I was bored and it seemed like the perfect way to spend a hot and humid Wednesday afternoon. ( That was sarcasm. I am an idiot.)
The sauce itself is easy enough. I used about 8 dried New Mexico chili's and two Thai chili's that I soaked in boiling water for about a half an hour. Wearing rubber gloves I removed the stems and seeds and put the bits into a blender. Notice I say blender here and not food processor. You should use a food processor...I should have used my magic bullet. Alas, I didn't. I used the fucking blender. So be it. I tossed in 4 garlic cloves, 1tbs ground coriander, 1/2 tbs cumin, salt, pepper, and dried cilantro. I blended it all together using a little bit of the water the chili's soaked in so as to avoid too much olive oil...which I added about 1tbs of. I tasted this as I went because I am hardcore like that. I suggest you be hardcore like that also or this will end up tasting like butt. I put the whole bunch into an empty artichoke jar and put a layer of olive oil on top. This will keep for awhile in the refrigerator. ( 1-2 months) To be honest, I wouldn't suggest making this unless you're really bored. It wasn't exactly worth it. Though I did use it in dinner...and it worked out okay.

Monday, August 4, 2008

its summertime and i am lame

I have been cooking. I have. It's just been repeats or something so excessively boring that its not worth talking about. In the summer our menu is usually just a protein and a veggie. Its just too busy to worry about much else. I know its a lame ass cop out... and I know I had Ash pick me up those golden beets to honor Bronwyn...

I will be back on the ball when the kids get back from camp, I swear. In the mean time. Go back and try making my grilled corn and slather it was some cayenne butter. The grilled baby bok choy seems lonely. Cook it. You all know you could do with more lentils in your life. Make my Dal, it's perfect for summer and will feed you well for days. I think thats what I'll make for dinner tonight. I kinda want something crunchy though. Oooooh! Maybe I'll make some grilled pizza with tomatoes from the garden and roasted golden beets.
I'll keep you posted.