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Moroccan vegetable tajine

Moroccan vegetable tajine

recipe under the cut!

ingredients:

  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3 potatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup green olives
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp mace
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • pinch of saffron
  • 1 bouquet of parsley
  • 1 bouquet of cilantro

this is a good baseline, but you can also substitute out or add other vegetables/fruits as you please (popular ones also include cauliflower, turnips, peas, dried plums, and green beans), or play with the spices.

instructions:

1. prepare the vegetables: quarter or slice the tomatoes; peel and cut the potatoes into (very) large cubes; peel carrots and cut in half lengthwise (from the greens end to the tip) and crosswise; cut the yellow squash in half lengthwise and crosswise; cut the zucchini in half or in quarters (depending on its size) lengthwise and in half crosswise.

2. place chopped onion, garlic, and saffron in the bottom of a large clay cooking tajine (you can also use a Dutch oven, a slow cooker, or a thick pot with a diffuser).

3. arrange the vegetables that take the longest to cook on the bottom of the tajine and the ones that cook the fastest towards the top. in this case, the potatoes are added first, then the carrots, then the squash and the olives. I prefer to quarter the tomatoes and put them in the centre, but you can also slice them and lay them on top.

4. add parsley and cilantro over top of the vegetables, then sprinkle the spices evenly over the tajine. drizzle ¼ cup of olive oil and 1 cup of water over the spices and vegetables.

5. cover and cook on low for about 2 hours, occasionally pouring liquid from the bottom of the tajine back over the top of the vegetables, until vegetables are cooked.

BRUSCHETTE BROCCOLO E POMODORIIngredienti (4 persone): 100 gr di…

BRUSCHETTE BROCCOLO E POMODORI

Ingredienti (4 persone): 100 gr di pane toscano senza sale, 1 broccolo, pomodori q.b., mezza cipolla bionda, olio q.b., peperoncino q.b., sale q.b., origano q.b.

Procedimento: far bollire il broccolo dopo averlo tagliato a pezzi (volendo si può tenere anche il gambo, sbucciandolo e conservando solo la parte chiara all’interno). Quando è morbido, scolare e frullare, assieme ad olio, peperoncino e sale. A parte tagliare il pane a fettine e passarle in padella per farle dorare. Tagliare i pomodorini con la cipolla in una bacinella, aggiungere olio e origano. Assemblare, ponendo con un cucchiaio della crema sopra il pane e poi un cucchiaino di pomodori e cipolla.

Pappa al pomodoro Ingredienti (4 persone):…

Pappa al pomodoro

Ingredienti (4 persone): 1,2 kg di Passata di pomodoro, 300 g di

Pane toscano
raffermo, 1 litro di 

Brodo vegetale, 

Olio extravergine d’oliva q.b.

1 spicchio daAglio, 1 pizzico di zucchero, sale

q.b., Basilico

1
mazzetto

Procedimento: Tagliare il pane a fettine sottili.
Quindi prendete una teglia e driponetevi le fette di pane toscano una affianco all’altra senza
sovrapporle (2). Infornate a 200° C per qualche minuto, da entrambi i lati. Una volta
estratte dal forno, lasciatele intiepidire e
strofinateci sopra gli spicchi di aglio preventivamente sbucciati.

Prendete ora una padella antiaderente dai bordi alti e ponetevi
all’interno il pane tostato. Versate all’interno la passata di pomodori  ed il brodo vegetale affinchè le fettine di pane vengano
totalmente ricoperte. Cuocere per circa 40 minuti, mescolando. correggere di sale, aggiungere basilico e olio e servire.

vegetable harira (Moroccan soup with tomatoes, chickpeas,…

vegetable harira (Moroccan soup with tomatoes, chickpeas, celery, lentils, and vermicelli)

recipe under the cut!

serves about 10 (a half recipe is pictured)

ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick, or 1 tsp group cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ras el hanout spice blend (optional)
  • salt to taste (about 2 tsp to start)
  • 2 liters (8 cups) of water
  • 3 tomatoes, or about two cups tomato puree
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • a pinch of saffron
  • ½ cup brown lentils, soaked for about an hour
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight, or 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup vermicelli
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cilantro, diced
  • ¼ cup parsley, diced

instructions:

1. prepare your ingredients. if using fresh tomatoes–place them in a covered bowl with boiling water for a couple of minutes, then peel them. cut them into fourths and remove the seeds. pulse them in a food processor until you get a smooth puree. chop the celery sticks and dice the onion.

2. heat oil in a large pot on medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer, then add diced onion, ginger, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, and ras el hanout, and cook for about three minutes.

3. lower the heat to medium. add the water, tomatoes, celery, saffron, lentils, chickpeas (if using dried), and butter. cover and allow to cook for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. add the canned chickpeas. add the tomato paste and flour in bit by bit, stirring continously (you may find this easier if you dilute the tomato paste and flour with some broth from the soup first). taste and adjust spices.

5. add the vermicelli, cilantro, and parsley. cover and allow to cook for another 10 minutes, until the pasta is cooked.

harira is often served as a first dish during Ramadhan with khobz, dates, and walnuts.

Moroccan vegetable couscous (without a couscoussier!)recipe…

Moroccan vegetable couscous (without a couscoussier!)

recipe under the cut

serves about 10

INGREDIENTS:

for the vegetables:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • 2 turnips
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 zucchini
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • ½ of a small cabbage
  • 1 cup of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight, or 1 can of chickpeas
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4-5 tbsp ras el hanout spice blend
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 1 large pinch saffron
  • salt to taste (about 1 tbsp)
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 1-2 red chili peppers

this is a good baseline but feel free to add in or substitute whatever vegetables you like or have on hand! other vegetables you can try include pumpkin and eggplant.

for the couscous:

  • 3 cups dry Moroccan couscous
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp smen (Moroccan clarified butter), butter, or vegan margarine (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

for the vegetables:

1. prepare the vegetables: chop the onion, peel the potatoes and turnips and cut them into large cubes; peel the carrots and cut them into large chunks (horizontally in pieces of about 3 inches and then in half lengthwise); wash the zucchini and cut it in the same way; peel the tomatoes (placing them in a covered bowl for about a minute with some boiling water should make this easy) and cut them into forths, keeping the seeds; cut the cabbage into very large pieces; and dice the parsley and cilantro.

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2. heat olive oil in a large pot on medium-high until it starts to shimmer. add chopped onion and ras el hanout, cumin, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, and salt and saute until the onion begins to turn transluent (about 8 minutes).

3. lower the heat to medium / medium-low. add potatoes, turnips, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, chickpeas (if using dried), saffron, parsley, and cilantro to the pot along with 2 cups of water. cover and cook for about an hour.

4. add the zucchini, red chilis, chickpeas (if using canned) and another cup of water. taste and adjust spices. cover and continue to cook until the zucchini is slightly soft, about 15 minutes. remove from heat.

for the couscous:

1. add 3 cups of couscous to a large bowl. add olive oil and work the couscous with your fingers until the grains are coated in the oil.

2. add salt and boiling water, then cover the bowl. allow couscous to steam for about 10 minutes.

3. add butter if desired and fluff up the couscous with a fork–it should be cooked through and much larger in volume.

to serve:

1. in a large dish, pile the couscous in a dome-like shape.

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2. pour some of the sauce from the pot over the couscous, then top the dome with the vegetables as desired. (make sure to fish out the cinnamon stick if you used one!)

couscous dishes are always eaten with khobz and are especially popular during Ramadhan.

TROFIE CON PESTO AL TOFUIngredienti (2 persone): 250 gr di…

TROFIE CON PESTO AL TOFU
Ingredienti (2 persone):
250 gr di trofie,3
manciate di foglie di basilico, 6 pomodorini, 2 noci, 75 gr di tofu aglio in polvere
q.b., olio extra vergine d’oliva q.b.
Procedimento:
Far bollire le trofie in acqua salata secondo il tempo di cottura
necessario e scolarli. Nel frattempo tagliare a pezzetti piccoli i
pomodorini e tritare il basilico assieme alle noci. Tritare il tofu e mettere tutto dentro
ad una terrina, aggiungere l’olio, l’aglio e il peperoncino e
mescolare.

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TROFIE WITH TOFU PESTO

Ingredients (2 servings):
250 grams of trofie (italian pasta), 3 handfuls of basil leaves, 6 cherry tomatoes, 2 nuts, 75 gr of tofu, garlic
powder to taste, extra virgin olive oil to taste,

Procedure:
Boil the pasta in salted water according to cooking time required and
drain. Meanwhile, cut the tomatoes into small pieces and chop the basil
along with the nuts. Blend the tofu, put everything in a bowl, add the oil, garlic,
chili pepper and mix