M3talinks For 02/14/2011

  • My father used to say the name means “Daddy is coy” – i.e., Mama fixes this dish when she wants to warm him up!

    1 large eggplant (aubergine). Must be ripe!
    2 – 3 tablespoons tahini
    1 – 2 lemons, juiced and strained
    2 – 3 cloves garlic (use fresh – no substitutes!)
    Olive oil

    Roast the eggplant on open gas flame – range top or barbecue. If your stove is electric, split the eggplant lengthwise, place face down on cookie sheet and bake in hot oven on top rack 30-45 minutes. For open flame roasting, use a fork to turn often. Skin will wrinkle and char, and flesh will shrivel and become soft. When eggplant is completely soft all over, remove to a bowl, slash once or twice to drain out bitter juice, and let rest until cool enough to handle. Some authors suggest cooling the eggplant inside a brown paper bag.

    tags: babaghanoush dip recipe

  • I can’t leave the Roz bi Shaghria recipe hanging without a recipe for the spiced meat and nut mixture, heshwah, which adorns it. Of course you can eat the roz alone, but heshwah makes it flavorful and beguiling, while adding proteins. My husband fell off the Atkins wagon last time I made heshwah with roz.

    tags: heshwah meat recipe arabic

  • Arabic rice pilaf with vermicelli noodles.

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 medium onion, peeled, chopped
    3/4 cup dry vermicelli broken into 1-inch pieces
    1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
    3 1/4 cups boiling water or chicken broth
    Salt to taste
    2 tablespoons butter

    tags: arab rice pilaf recipe

  • The pleasures of cooking are sometimes obscured by summer haze and heat, which can cause many of us to turn instead to bad restaurants and worse takeout. But the cook with a little bit of experience has a wealth of quick and easy alternatives at hand. The trouble is that when it’s too hot, even the most resourceful cook has a hard time remembering all the options. So here are 101 substantial main courses, all of which get you in and out of the kitchen in 10 minutes or less. (I’m not counting the time it takes to bring water to a boil, but you can stay out of the kitchen for that.) These suggestions are not formal recipes; rather, they provide a general outline. With a little imagination and some swift moves — and maybe a salad and a loaf of bread — you can turn any dish on this list into a meal that not only will be better than takeout, but won’t heat you out of the house.

    tags: recipes cooking minimalist 101 bittman

  • I served pumpkin tahini at my writers’ group last night, and they demolished it. Clifford Wright inspired the dish, which is a relative of Baba Ghanoush (roasted eggplant with tahini). The difference is, Wright’s recipe begins with “cook a five pound pumpkin”…

    tags: dip recipe pumpkin tahini

  • Delicious, incredibly cheap, lentil-barley stew (recipe in comments; happens to be vegan)
    Here’s the recipe:3 Tablespoons olive oil1 chopped garlic cloveone half cup diced celery1 cup lentils (dried)1 tsp cuminone quarter tsp black pepperone half tsp salt1 cup chopped onionsone half cup diced carrots4 cups vegetable stockone half cup barley1 bay leaf (I substituted basil instead)I suggest using a large pot and not a pan– it cooks better when it is not spread out over a wide pan.Saute the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery in the olive oil until soft. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover, bring to boil and simmer over low heat for 45-50 minutes, until the lentils and barley are tender. Discard the bay leaf before serving.Makes.. a lot! enough for lunch for a week :)

    tags: lentil vegan recipe stew

  • This simple dish of lentils, grain and onions is a down home favorite in the Levant. Muslim, Christian and Jewish families of the Middle East all savor it as a humble pleasure fit for kings. It never occurred to me that a “mess of pottage” would be popular in the West, but after my husband reported that his co-workers were crazy for a local deli’s mjaddarah, I decided to start cooking it.

    tags: Mhaddarah recipe vegan

  • While working on a new WordPress-based website for Drexel Smart House (DSH) today, I wanted to provide an easy single-sign-on (SSO) solution for DSH members. DSH already uses Google Apps for everything, so why not use their Google Apps emails to login to WordPress as well? Should be easy, right?

    tags: wordpress authentication google

  • When we are passionate about something, it is sometimes hard for us to wrap our heads around why someone else might not be passionate about the same thing. You see this in the WordPress community often – fans and users of WordPress are often flabbergasted that someone might choose something else. Why would anyone choose Movable Type for instance?

    Believe it or not, members of the Movable Type community often wonder the same thing. Most recently someone in the ProNet community, frustrated by their experience with WordPress, asked the question: how on Earth did WordPress win the battle over Movable Type?” The question was rhetorical, but sparked a very interesting dialog in our community.

    tags: wordpress cms blogging

  • I can sum up every article, book and column written by notable management experts about managing IT in two sentences: “Geeks are smart and creative, but they are also egocentric, antisocial, managerially and business-challenged, victim-prone, bullheaded and credit-whoring. To overcome these intractable behavioral deficits you must do X, Y and Z.”

    tags: management geek geekculture

  • I know. I just made pancakes. It seems I have an unnatural obsession with cake batter. Well I do.

    But hear me out.

    tags: cake batter pancakes recipe

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