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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ethiopian Extravaganza (GF HCLF Vegan)

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Ethiopia is an ethnically and ecologically diverse country on the east coast of the African continent. Evidence suggests that it was from here that Homo sapiens set out for the Middle East and beyond. So let's return to our roots with a bounty of simple, healthy food.

Kik Alicha (Split Peas in Turmeric Sauce)

Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 5 min | Cook Time: 45 min

3.5 cups of water
1 cup dried split peas
1/2 med onion, minced
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 inch ginger or 1 tbs ginger paste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

Add 3 cups of water and the rinsed split peas to a pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Crack the lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, sauté your onion in a little water for 5 minutes. Add the spices and cook for another minute. Add to the cooked peas with the rest of the water.
Sprinkle in the cilantro in the last few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Atkilt Wot (Cabbage Stew)

Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 30 min

1/2 head cabbage, shredded
5 gold potatoes, julienned
3 large carrots, julienned
1/2 med onion, chopped
1/2 cup veggie broth
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp sea salt

Chop all your veggies. In a large, nonstick pan add the cabbage and cook for 5 minutes on a medium-high heat. Add some veggie broth and the rest of the vegetables with your spices. Stir and cover. Cook for the remaining time, over medium heat, stirring every 5-10 minutes. Add the remaining veggie broth as needed.

Beet Salad

Serves: 4 | Prep: 5 min | Cook: 5 min

1 can of sliced beets
Juice of 1/2 lemon*
2 inches of jalapeño*
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Salt & pepper, to taste

* I used a lime
** I used a serrano pepper

Drain the beets. You can also use fresh beets, but I didn't have any. Add to a small bowl with the lemon juice. Cut off a piece of your pepper. Remove the seeds and mince. Add to the pot and cover. Cook on medium-low for 5 minutes.


Yields: 8 flatbreads | Inactive time: 24+ hours | Cook time: 40 min

3 cups teff flour
4 cups filtered water
1 tsp pink rock salt

I milled my own flour from whole grain teff. Because it is the world's smallest grain the amount of grain to flour is almost exact.
Whisk the teff flour and water. Cover with a tea towel secured with a rubber band. Store in a warm part of the kitchen for at least 24 hours (up to 5 days).
Add salt and whisk. Heat a non-stick griddle or tava. Pour roughly 1/2 cup of batter onto the pan and swirl. Cook for 5-6 minutes on medium-low heat. A large lid can be placed over the griddle to help steam the bread.
Injera does not need to be flipped. Yay! When the bread starts to pull away along the edges it is almost ready. Cut 8 squares of wax paper. Place one on a plate and use a spatula to transfer the injera.
Repeat with the remaining batter until you've made all the flatbreads.

To serve, use the injera as you would a plate. Arrange three circles of food around the plate. Roll a second injera in case you need extra. Tear of pieces of the spongy bread and use it as a spoon to scoop up the food and sop up any juices.

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