Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mediterranean Madness Continues...

And so, as promised, here are the pictures!
Sadly, these are the 'ones that worked' - the one which got away, is the image of my kitchen counter with a coffee mug that I used to mix the yeast in and left unattended.... Only to come back and see that what had previously 'not risen', had now risen, left the mug and overflowed onto the counter!! But I'm not going to show you those pictures, am I now?!!

The Pita bread came out PERFECTLY!! :) 
ooooh! I am SO kicked!! (and very smugly proud of myself! - my pitas were "almost" circular! For me, that's saying a lot since I don't EVER make rotis!!)

The dough when it began to rise! :) yayyy!!

The perfect Pitas! (with my recipe book in the background!!)
The Chicken and the Chick pea! :)

The Spread! - Hummus, Pita Bread, Mediterranean Chicken and Zalouk! 
Om Nom Nom Nom!! Pure Happiness!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mediterranean Mania!

I've been meaning to do a Mediterranean dinner sometime, and what better way to kickstart the week than with some yummy in the tummy?!!
The menu for tonight is :
  • Hummus
  • Zalouk (A Moroccan Eggplant salad - which is the ONLY form in which i actually LIKE eggplant!!)
  • Mediterranean(ish) Chicken (which doesnt really follow any recipe!)
  • and Pita Bread !! (that I'm MAKING from scratch!!)

    • Hummus 
Ingredients: 600 gm cooked chickpeas
                   3 garlic cloves crushed 
                   (of course, I used more garlic! I LOVE garlic, remember?)
                   100 ml Olive Oil (preferably Extra Virgin)
                    2 tbsp Tahini 
                    1 tsp Ground Cumin (which I skipped!)
                    Juice of 1 lemon
Method:       Blend chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini and lemon juice till smooth. 
                   Add 1/4 th cup water and blend again. Garnish with paprika and olive oil.

  • Zalouk (Moroccan Eggplant Salad)
Ingredients: 1 large eggplant - peeled and chopped
                   4 (or more) large tomatoes - peeled and chopped (I didnt peel them!)
                   3 (or more!) cloves of garlic - minced fine.
                   1/4 cup chopped cilantro
                   1/4 cup chopped parsley (also skipped!)
                   1 tbsp paprika / chili flakes
                   1 tbsp ground cumin
                   1 1/2 tsp salt
                   1/4 cup olive oil
                   1/4 cup water 
                    Lemons (optional, but best if you DID use the lemons!)
Method:       Place all ingredients except the lemon in a pot.
                   Cover and simmer at medium heat.
                   Cook covered for about 30 mins till eggplant and tomato are tender.
                   Mash well. Continue cooking (uncovered) to reduce - upto 30 mins.
                   Stir frequently. Drizzle additional olive oil if required.
                   Squeeze lime over after cooking. Stir. Serve either hot or cold.
  • Pita Bread 
Ingredients:  1 sachet yeast (about 1 tbsp)
                    1/2 cup warm water
                    3 cups flour
                    1 1/4 tsp salt
                    1 tsp granulated sugar
                    1 cup lukewarm water
Method:        Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add sugar and stir until 
                    dissolved. Let it sit for 10-15 mins till it turns frothy.
                    Combine flour and salt in a large bowl.
                    Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast mixture. Slowly add 1 cup 
                    of warm water and stir till the dough is elastic, not sticky.
                    Place dough on a floured surface and knead until it is smooth and elastic 
                    for about 10 - 15 mins.
                    Coat with olive oil and let it sit in a warm place until the dough doubles 
                    in volume - about 3 hours. Once the dough has doubled, roll out as a 
                    rope, pinching off small pieces. 
                    Cover and let the pieces sit for 10 - 15 mins. Preheat oven to 250 C. 
                    Roll out the dough into circles of about 5 -6 inches diameter and about 
                    1/4 inch thick. 
                    Bake for about 3-4 mins till the bread puffs up. 
                    Flip and bake the other side.

So I'm off to knead and punch and chop and dice and mince! Will post pictures soon! :)