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Sesame Seed Asparagus

Hi Mati,

Despite my complains of not being able to cook in the last couple of weeks, I have to say that I have managed to cook up a few things, wouldn’t you say so?

Well last night the family came over to say goodbye to the grandparents that are going back to Colombia and it was also the end of Passover so we put together a bread feast and made paninis, had spinach raviolis, and vegetables. I will post on paninis at another time… there were just too many people over yesterday to be able to calmly put together material for a post.
I made oven roasted sesame seed asparagus, a great side dish or an appetizer for any meal! I do have to say that I will be making a slight modification to the recipe I followed. The original recipe from the Food & Wine website called for cooking the asparagus for about 18 minutes. I followed this and my asparagus were not as crunchy as I wanted them to be. They were overcooked and wilted, but the still tasted delicious. I would only roast them for about 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  1. 1lb of thick asparagus
  2. 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  3. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the asparagus and garlic with the olive oil and sesame oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast in the center of the oven for about 10minutes, until tender and charred in spots.
  4. Transfer the asparagus to a plate, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.

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Sesame Seed Asparagus

Hi Mati,

Despite my complains of not being able to cook in the last couple of weeks, I have to say that I have managed to cook up a few things, wouldn’t you say so?

Well last night the family came over to say goodbye to the grandparents that are going back to Colombia and it was also the end of Passover so we put together a bread feast and made paninis, had spinach raviolis, and vegetables. I will post on paninis at another time… there were just too many people over yesterday to be able to calmly put together material for a post.
I made oven roasted sesame seed asparagus, a great side dish or an appetizer for any meal! I do have to say that I will be making a slight modification to the recipe I followed. The original recipe from the Food & Wine website called for cooking the asparagus for about 18 minutes. I followed this and my asparagus were not as crunchy as I wanted them to be. They were overcooked and wilted, but the still tasted delicious. I would only roast them for about 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  1. 1lb of thick asparagus
  2. 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  3. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the asparagus and garlic with the olive oil and sesame oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast in the center of the oven for about 10minutes, until tender and charred in spots.
  4. Transfer the asparagus to a plate, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.

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You say Hummus, and I say Hoomoos

Hi Matirula!

I hope you are having a great week! My week has been great. I have just been working and being somewhat productive some days and other days more productive. I am still getting to know the different schools, their staff, and I am starting to encounter a bit of resistance in terms of how to help them better use technology in their lessons, but that is OK. Yesterday I had a meeting with a Rabbi to see how we can incorporate technology in his lessons and then he asked me to help him with a project he is doing.  While we were talking about his lessons, I mentioned the word Podcasting and  had to explain it to him because he didn’t know what it was. Funny enough, he later asks me, “I am building this website where I am going to add some mp3 files. Maybe you can help me out with this?” So I ask him, and how are you recording those files? He answered “With this voice recorder.” Boom, what a great opportunity for him to like to work with me! I said, “Well why don’t we teach you how to record that straight onto the computer so that you can avoid the process of recording onto the recorder and then transferring it onto the computer.” Pretty much now I get to teach him how to Podcast and hopefully he will want to do something like that with his students.

BUT, lets get to the important part of this post. I have been really busy all week and after my failure at making banana bread last week, I took some time off. And for some reason we barely ate at home all week. We had events and things going on.

My parents are having a HUGE Shabbat dinner tonight and I offered my mom that I would help her.  I am making a few things, a coleslaw with an Asian twist, an eggplant tachine, and hummus. And dessert, I will leave that as a surprise for later…. I am going to post both the Hummus and the Eggplant Tachini here. Both of these can be served as dips or in a sandwich.

Hummus or Hoomoos:

This is going to be somewhat of a grandma recipe where you add a little it of this and a little bit of that. Hummus is something that I like to taste as I go along in order to get to perfection.

Hummus with Pita

Ingredients (this is what I used)

  1. 3 cans of Chickpeas
  2. 3-4 Garlic cloves (add more or less depending on your preference)
  3. Olive Oil
  4. Lemon
  5. Cumin
  6. Salt and Pepepr
  7. Paprika (optional)
  8. Tachini (optional)

Directions

  1. A Trying the Hummus

    Mix the garlic and chickpeas (with half a can of water) in the food processor or blender until you have pureed the chickpeas.

  2. Add the olive oil, and lemon juice.
  3. Add the salt, pepper, and cumin. Add a little at a time until you reach a a flavor you like.
  4. I did not add Tachini to mine but you can add about 1/2 cup to your mixture.

This should make enough Hummus to last for about a week, but remember that it will go bad

faster than the one you buy because of preservatives. It is even better if you make it from fresh Chickpeas, but who has the time to soak and cook them.

You can garnish it with cilantro or parsley, olive oil and paprika. Serve with some pita, chips, or fresh veggies and enjoy.

Eggplant Tachini

This is know as Babaganoush, but I like it better with Tachini instead of Mayo. I feel its healthier! This recipe is also a bit of a grandma recipe since every time I make it I do it differently… you cannot go wrong.

Ingredients

  1. 1 Roasted Eggplant with or without the peel
  2. 1 jar of Tachini Paste
  3. Garlic
  4. Lemon Juice
  5. Water
  6. Salt and Pepper
  7. About 1 tsp of Cumin – I love how it tastes so I like to add more.
  8. Parsley (Optional)

Directions

I learned how to cook with Eggplant from a recipe I found on the NY Times Website: The Misunderstood Eggplant.

Roasted Eggplant: (From the NY Times article) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut the stem and calyx off the eggplant, and cut the body lengthwise in half. Score large eggplants down the middle with the tip of a knife, being careful not to cut through the skin. Japanese eggplants and other small eggplants need not be scored. Cover a baking sheet with foil, and brush the foil with extra virgin olive oil. Place the eggplant on the foil, cut side down. Place in the oven and roast large, fat eggplants for 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the size; small, narrow Japanese eggplants (and other varieties) should be roasted for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven when skin has begun to shrivel, the edges and cut surface are browned, and the eggplant has softened but not collapsed. Remove from the oven, and use a spatula to detach from the foil if the eggplant is sticking. (If a thin surface of browned eggplant stays behind, don’t worry.) Place the eggplant halves cut side down on a rack set over a baking sheet, or in a colander. Allow to cool and drain for 15 to 30 minutes.  Advance preparation: You can roast eggplant several hours before you use it in a recipe.

Tachini:

Eggplant Tachini

  1. Place roasted eggplant in a food processor or blender. Process the eggplant until smooth.
  2. Empty Tachini paste into the food processor with some garlic. Add garlic depending on your preference. (I know we love it so we add a lot)
  3. Add lemon juice and water until you feel you have reached a good flavor. It should taste lemony but not too lemony. Use more water if you don’t like too much lemon.
  4. Add salt and pepper
  5. Add Cumin
  6. If you want to add Parsley, you can either chop it really fine or put in the food processor. You can also add Parsley to garnish.

Garnish with Parsley, some olive oil and sprinkle paprika and serve with pita, chips and fresh veggies.

You do not need a food processor for this. All you have to do is put the eggplant in the blender and then mix in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

Stay tuned for the dessert that I will be preparing later today…. right now, I am off to run my last long run before the Half Marathon… it’s already next Sunday!

διασκεδάστε in Greece!