A recent transplant after living in London, UK for 10 years. Readjusting to American life. Owner of "eating pants."
Istanbul is quite frankly one of my favorite cities in the world. The food is amazing, the people are friendly and the surroundings are beautiful. You've made my tummy rumble!
I love the onion idea too. When I make ham hock and bean soup, I'm a stovetop girl, but I'd also suggest a fistful of freshly chopped parsley at the end. There's something about that really lifts the dish.
Carbonara Pierogies all the way. Because the only way you could possibly make a delicious pierogi better would be to add some bacon.
@Dandbuilder: there shouldn't be! Yet apparently me munching on a salad of pickled Japanese vegetables just sent my workmates right over the edge. Jerks. More for me!
I like mine to have a slightly chunky texture so it has a bit of body. Personally, I also like a light hand with the tahini, but I like to know it's there. I'm a garlic monster, so I'll happily cram it full of the "stinking rose" and a healthy squeeze of fresh lemon juice. To serve, I make a nice little circular well and drizzle with olive oil. If I'm feeling frisky, it gets a little sprinkling of smoked paprika.
I like trying the other varieties (and I'm a huge fan of edamame hummus), but I generally come back to the classic version.
I haven't done this yet, but I reckon this could be a big winner at a dinner: http://www.purewow.com/entry_detail/recipe/8821/Forget-florets--roast-the-whole-damn-cauliflower.htm
Try serving with some nice Indian-style side dishes, such as a pilau rice or chickpea masala, plus some fresh salad or veggies. Bam, you've served an awesome meal with very little effort.
Total comfort food for a rainy day: spaghetti bolognese.
One of the easiest dishes I make when I'm not sure who's eating is a chana masala, or chickpea curry. It's good hot or cold, and pretty much everyone seems to like it (bonus!)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium onions, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes with the juice
2/3 cup water
2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon salt
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1-2 large handfulls of baby spinach, chopped
1 large handful of cilantro/coriander, chopped
Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, garlic, ginger and pepper and sauté over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Turn heat down to medium-low and add the coriander, cumin, cayenne, turmeric, cumin seeds, paprika and garam masala. Cook onion mixture with spiced for a minute or two, then add the tomatoes and any accumulated juices, scraping up any bits that have stuck to the pan. Add the water and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, then stir in salt and lemon juice. Add spinach and cilantro, saving a little bit of cilantro to sprinkle on top at the end. Cook until spinach is wilted. Chow down.
This is all amazing advice. I've already started down the baking my own bread path, which is great. The only thing I haven't been able to perfect is my own pitas, but I'm looking into that. The protein suggestions are particularly helpful, as I wasn't sure where to start with that.
People, you are a true culinary wonder to behold. What would I do without you?
So much inspiration on one timeline! Love the suggestions. Think I may go with Mr. Nick's idea for an antipasto platter. That way, there's something for everyone.
A big cheers to all!
I owe you all a big bowl of chili. Thank you so much!!
Just saw you're cutting out dairy too! Try this recipe for for a vegan mayo... I made it once for a vegan friend coming over and it was actually really yummy.
I've actually used a spoonful or two of yoghurt for a simple, canned tuna fish salad (which I eat in large leaves of lettuce as a wrap). Some seasoning combos I've used include finely chopped preserved lemon, chili, grated ginger and a smidgen of turmeric; salt-free Cajun seasoning with a little extra hot sauce; and fresh dill, finely chopped cucumber and fresh mint. Mix it up a bit -- it really works!
I'm with you on Girl and the Goat. Absolutely lovely food and a nice atmosphere.
I side with the Jamaican side of things when it comes to goat. There was a fabulous Jamaican take-out place I lived near in London that did a wickedly spicy goat curry. This recipe is the closest I've come to re-creating it: tender, falling off the bone goat, spicy sauce, soft potatoes, super filling and tummy-rubbing. Good luck: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/jamaican_goat_curry/
Frankly (haha!) it's tough to top a Chicago-style "dawg." Mustard, dill pickle, chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery salt, neon relish and sport peppers,
I used to know a homeless guy in London who would sit in McDonald's with his coffee and when people were done with their meals, he'd offer to throw away their stuff. He'd take all the Monopoly pieces off their stuff before throwing it away. He said he only really won food, but it kept him and his friend fed for a little while.
GretchinF: I do it every single time. It's an affliction, the same way I can't help but sing "Nacho Man" to the tune of "Macho Man" every time I eat them.
You are a doll, Littauer! Thanks!
Are you aware that you've started a debate that may end in bloodshed?
PS: For stuffed: Giordano's all the way. Deep dish: Malnati's.
There's been some good inspiration here. Particularly the 7-11 dogs and the can of Blatz.
Will Twinkee The Kid be making an appearance?
Oh and for breakfast in Atlanta, don't miss The Silver Skillet on 14th Street. Ham, red-eye gravy and grits is the not to miss dish.
For dinner in Atlanta, I wholeheartedly suggest South City Kitchen in Midtown. I adore their food -- good old fashioned home cooking. My faves are the fried chicken and the she-crab soup. Yummy!
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