Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Dukkah

So For me, the flavours of the Middle East and Africa are the most unfamiliar and exotic.  My grandparents raised me on Eastern European and British Irish comfort food.  I also encountered all kinds of Asian food growing up in the Pacific Northwest and later Hawaii, so those cuisines feel like comfort food to me…

Wilted Collard Green Salad with Peanuts and Black Eyed Peas

This recipe caught my eye because it reminded me of the Palaver recipe that my sister posted long ago.  That is a very good stew, but this salad is easier to carry to work for lunch.  The classic African combination of peanuts, collards and black-eyed peas is so tasty and fortifying.  This recipe makes enough for two…

Roasted Potatoes and Fennel with Za’atar

Every year around my birthday I go out for  dinner at one of my favourite restaurants, The Kebab Cafe, in Astoria Queens. I don’t really eat out much, because it interferes with my desires to spend all of my time cooking in my own kitchen, but eating at the Kebab cafe is deeply satisfying to…

Moroccan Carrot Salad

At this time of year I can get my favourite carrots. They’re grown in Lillooet and are amazingly sweet and delicious. The only carrots I’ve had with more flavour were from my own garden. When I worked in a produce department we used to sell out of them constantly, so I know that I’m not…

Ethiopian Bread (Gluten-Free and Blini-Like!!!!!)

Ethiopian food is served on a big flat, spongy, crepe-like bread made from a fermented batter called Injera.  It is delicious and it is traditionally made with Teff flour, which is gluten-free.  Yay! However, most restaurants in North America cut the Teff flour with Wheat flour (cheaper and not gluten-free).  Boo! I tried the simplest…

Groundnut and Greens Palaver with Black-Eyes

It’s the first day of autumn here on the west coast, and it’s raining, it’s cold, and I’m sick & busy. I froze some of this soup last spring during a more leisurely spell, and ingesting it is improving the quality of my life manifold. This stew is hot, rich, spicy, and packed with everything…