Muamba de Galinha + Funge (Angola)

October 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

J: Yay, more countries!  So, the title of this post translates to “Chicken Muamba” — don’t ask me what muamba means, but it’s probably the only truthful part of that name, because we once again decided that we would go for an approximation of authenticity instead of the real thing.  Our substitution this time?  Potatoes for the chicken, which is a fairly classic vegetarian work-around when you are not interested in consuming meat.  It was pretty effective in this dish, which is a staple in Angola (or so Wikipedia tells me).  Overall, I don’t think this will go into our regular rotation the way some of these other United Noshes dishes will, but it definitely had a pleasant, warming, stick-to-your-ribs-ness that was quite enjoyable!

dramatic lighting!

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Chakhchoukha (Algeria) + Pita

September 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

J: Continuing (slowly) along our culinary voyage around the world, we next hit Algeria.  As has been the case with many of these countries, I really had very little idea of what Algerian food looked like, or what a “classic” Algerian dish might consist of.  This stew-type meal turned out to be quite delicious and comfort-food-y — I suspect it would make a great warming meal on a cold winter night.  The original recipe included chicken, but as we are trying to be a little more vegetarian (accepting that we won’t be able to get around meat in many of these international dishes), we substituted potatoes for the chicken, and it still turned out really well.

a bowl of bread and veggies

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Sweet Potato and Asparagus with Lemon

March 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

J: A couple of weeks ago over my spring “break,” I had a conference to attend out of town, so Erik went home to visit his parents.  While I was enjoying sunny Puerto Rico, he got the tail end of winter and was able to cook some new delicious recipes, which he told me all about and promised that we would make together soon.  This is the first one we made, and even for 70+ degree weather, it was delightful.  Honestly it is sort of what I had been hoping for when we made this a few months ago (but that dish ended up being a bit on the too-spicy end for me), and I have a sneaking suspicion that because it is easy, fast, healthy, and crazy delicious, it will become a staple around here.  Seriously, with a recipe this unassuming — potatoes and asparagus! who knew?! — you will be amazed at how flavorful and filling this is, especially with a light sprinkling of cheese.

E: Don’t mind the salmon in the photo. This post is all about the sweet potato concoction on the left.

served next to some grilled salmon

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Pumpkin, Garlic, & Parmesan Gnocchi

January 16, 2012 § 5 Comments

J: Over Thanksgiving, Erik and I made pumpkin, roasted garlic, and Parmesan mashed potatoes from a recipe I found ages ago.  They were totally delicious, and I decided that it would be a great idea to make the potatoes again, but transform them into gnocchi as a little twist, since I hadn’t made gnocchi since these, way back at the very beginning of the blog.

gnocchi with (more) cheese and zucchini!

These were pretty tasty, but the flavors weren’t nearly as strong as they were in the mashed potato, probably because we ended up having to add quite a bit of flour to get the dough to the correct texture.  So, I’d definitely recommend adding some more of everything — garlic, Parmesan, and pumpkin — to get the flavors to punch through.  The recipe below includes our suggested amounts, not the actual amounts that we used.  Also, as a sauce we decided just to do brown butter, figuring it would accent the flavors nicely.  That, with some additional Parmesan grated over the gnocchi, made this quite yummy indeed. « Read the rest of this entry »

Roasted Red Potatoes with Parsley Pesto

May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

E: Hello everyone. I’m stepping in again today to post this quick and easy recipe for roasted potatoes. I made these for an Easter party, along with this green chili mac and cheese, and both went down really well. The original recipe for these used fingerlings, but I went with small red potatoes because that’s what I could find at the time. Also, the original had chive pesto, but the grocery store had no chives when I was there so I substituted some scallions and some basil. If you want to see the original recipe from Macheesmo, it is located here. I apologize for the poor quality picture of the final product, and the lack of good pictures of the roasting potatoes. I was in a rush, and only photographed the final dish just as I was heading out.

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Twice-Baked Potatoes

November 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite comfort foods growing up was twice-baked potatoes.  I’ve always loved carb-heavy food (pasta! bagels! cookies! om nom nom) and these awesome potatoes, with their insides all scooped out, mushed together with pretty much whatever deliciousness you want, and baked until the cheese is all melty, hit the spot every time.  I hadn’t had them for years, but I asked my wonderful mother to send me her recipe so I could make them for myself.  They were just as good as I’d remembered.

The great thing about this recipe, also, is that you can add in whatever you want.  Cheese is sort of a necessity, but the scallions and bacon can be swapped out with pretty much anything that suits your fancy.  Try broccoli or cauliflower, some onion, maybe a bell pepper, ham or turkey; throw in some red chili flakes if you want a little kick, or even chop up a chili or two and mix that in.  Get creative!

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