Monday, November 24, 2008

vegetarian medfouna

bread stuff:
* 1/3 millet flour
* make up the rest of the cup with self raising flour, quinoa, and mealie meal.
* 2 teaspoons of yeast
* half a teaspoon of sugar
* teensy bit of salt
* like maybe 1/4 cup of warm water

* 1 small onion
* some garlic
* some spinach
* 1 tomato
* a couple of mushrooms
* anything else probably
* salt, pepper, cumin, ginger, paprika, parsley, and whatever else you wanna try out
* olive oil

1. knead together all the stuff. Work in more flour or water as needed. The millet flour, quinoa, and mealie meal will dry it out, I think, so maybe make it all a bit wetter than normal bread.
2. let rise for a while in a covered bowl.
3. chop up all the vegetables pretty small cuz they've gotta cook in the bread. you might want to mix them up in a bowl with the spices you've chosen.
4. roll out half the mixture into a circle.
5. use the olive oil to grease up a cake tin or shallowish casserole dish or baking tray.
6. put the rolled out bread in/on your cooking receptacle, and then arrange your filling on top of it. Leave some room around the edges, so you can seal it up without filling poking out. If you haven't added the spices yet, put 'em in now. I recommend slicing up the tomato and putting it on the very top of the pile of filling, so the juice can run through when it cooks. Also putting the ginger on the top of the tomatoes here is pretty rad.
7. roll out the rest of the mixture for the lid. You might wanna use some beaten egg to seal the two bits of bread if you've got a lot of mixture and not much bread.
8. smooth some olive oil over the top of the bread, and put it in a 180 (140 fan forced) oven for about 20 minutes.
8. eating time, hopefully!

I also put some poached chicken bits in it, so we'll see how that goes.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Red Bean Pancakes

Red bean paste:
* can of red beans
* up to 1/2 cup of sugar
* some water

1. blender up the beans with the sugar and some water. I think 1/2 cup is too much sugar.
2. "fry" the bean mix, stirring continuously, until it's more of a thick paste and has darkened in colour.

* 2 cups of flour (plain or self raising, depending on how fluffy you want the pancakes)
* up to 1/3 cup of sugar
* 1 egg
* enough water to get it to a good consistency
* butter/light oil for frying

1. blender up the flour, egg, sugar, and water until you've got a nice pancake mixture.
2. cook up some pancakes.
3. spread some bean paste over half the pancake, then roll up the pancake, making sure the mixture is evenly spread. seal the roll with a little uncooked pancake mixture.
4. in a little butter, place the rolled up pancakes in the pan and fry until it starts to brown.
5. eat!

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