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Finish Each Other’s

Warm Bulgur Wheat Salad

Bulgur Wheat Salad

I’m trying to get back on track with blogging, but I’m not going to lie – things have been a little rough lately and it has been hard finding the time to develop/test new recipes.  Fingers crossed things will start to get a little easier, and thankfully summer is approaching so soon cooking will switch over to the grill which is the realm of my amazing husband :-) The theory with that being I can prep, marinate, coordinate the effort and then write the post while he works magic on our indoor brick oven.   Thankfully my funk is not extending over to cooking in general, so blog challenges such as Secret Recipe Club and Random Recipes have been insuring that we are eating more than just pasta – and today’s A-Themed Random Recipe introduced me to an entirely new member of the grain family.   When I told Joe tonight’s dinner was going to feature Bulgar Wheat his reaction was to ask me if he liked bulgar wheat, at which point  I had to admit that I had yet to make or even eat bulgar wheat and thus had no idea.  I also reminded him that we had some leftover matzoh just in case this was a total failure, as well as the ingredients to make matzoh pizza, so with a back up plan in place I opened up Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian cookbook and turned to my “A” recipe: Tabbouleh, a Salad Made with Bulgar and Arugula.   I made a few seasonal changes, and also prepped the bulgur per the ingredients on the bulk food bag (Wegmans FTW) as I somehow missed that the original recipe calls for 2 hours of soaking, and that’s the quick version!

Tabbouleh

Serves: Serves 4-5

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups arugula, well chopped
  • 8 scallions, cut about 3/4 of the way in to the green
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then stir in the bulgur. Allow to reboil then remove from heat, and cover for about 20 minutes.
  2. Fluff the bulgar and then stir in the remaining ingredients. Rest for 5 minutes and then give a quick mix and Serve!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/04/finish-each.html

Thanks Dom and AlphaBakes (Ros and Caroline) for an A+ experience!  For those that haven’t yet picked up this international buffet of vegetarian recipes I can not recommend it enough as this book is probably the most used of all my cookbooks – and it shows.

My Baby

So I wrote a guest post for a mommy blog that has nothing to do with food (vegetarian or otherwise) but if anyone is interested to know what has been going on in real life please check out the awesome Sheena B’s blog: http://externalheartbeat.blogspot.com/

I’m also working on a few recipes and should  have one up later this morning!!!

Wasted Time

Twice Baked Potatoes – Samosa Style

This recipe is probably one of the first ones I ever wrote down as a MUST DO and I’m finally getting to it – four years later! The original recipe that I saw oh so long ago featured a standard russet potato, but I knew from the beginning that I wanted to try a sweet potato.  While regular potatoes are rather awesome, sweet potatoes are the definition of perfection in my opinion.  Previous curry experience gave me the confidence needed to start experimenting which is why this recipe went from a standard baked potato to a glorious twice-baked potato.  Twice baking gave all the ingredients time to get acquainted with each other, something I was worried wouldn’t happen in just making a topping and pouring it on top.

Wasted Time

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp amchur powder (dried mango powder)
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower, very well diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Wrap the sweet potatoes in tin foil and bake in over for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove and slice potatoes in half length-wise. Gently scoop out the potato, leaving the skin in the tin foil, and remove to a small bowl.
  3. Add the curry, amchur, and cumin to the potato and mix well before folding in the cauliflower and peas.
  4. Spoon the potato mixture back in to the skins and bake, open side up, for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/04/wasted-time.html

The real trick with this dish is cutting up the cauliflower as close to the same size as the peas as possible.   Not only does it insure everything fits inside the potato skin, it helps keep an even cooking time.  I’m also sending this potato-tastic dish over to /52weeksofcooking for their potato challenge – for while it’s a bit late it’s the perfect dish as it’s all about the potato!

Bring it all Back

Curry Cauliflower Soup

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Finally reaching the end of hot soup season – time to put away the stock pot and the dutch oven and get ready for fresh vegetables and cool dishes.  However Mother Nature seems to be wishy-washy right now, and a few of these rainy days have been downright cold!  So brought out my reliable pot and got to work creating a dish that would warm us up, while taking advantage of the early spring produce.  Early spring is the only time I ever get cauliflower, as much as I enjoy the stuff the price is more than a bit insane the rest of the year.  So for these few weeks I will enjoy this pale beauty and figure out how many different ways I can prepare it.

Bring it all Back

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp amchur powder
  • 4 scallions, cut 3/4 way up the greens and divided white vs. green
  • 3 cups cauliflower, florets only
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt (I used So Delicious Coconut Style)

Instructions

  1. Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven. Add the curry powder, cumin, and amchur powder and cook for 2 minutes. Add the white part of the scallions and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the cauliflower and stir well to fully mix in the spices. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, then stir in the stock. Bring to a boil, then covern and turn heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup, folding in the yogurt. Cook for a final 5 minutes and then serve.
  4. Top with the scallion greens and enjoy!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/04/bring-it-all-back.html

For those of you that do “normal” dairy I still recommend using the coconut yogurt as it really adds something to the soup.  While the coconut yogurt isn’t as strong as standard coconut milk (or creme) it still adds enough of a hint to really make the curry POP.  I enjoyed this along with some crusty bread so as to insure that no soup was left behind.

Mysterious As

Roasted Vegetable Couscous

Roasted Vegetable Couscous

Welcome to Group A’s April installment of Secret Recipe Club!  Every month I wait with baited breath to see what amazing blog I get partnered with and this month I was thrilled to see a blog I was very (VERY) familiar with.  I have been following Evelyne’s Cheap Ethnic Eats since before there was a Dancing Veggies and it was after stumbling onto the International Incident Party link-ups that I decided to take my (now) hubby’s offer to build me a blog.  So a HUGE thanks to Evelyne (and the other blogs of IIP) for inspiring me to go forth and blog!   Needless to say picking one recipe from her blog was a rather difficult task but I was able to narrow things down to a top 10 by focusing on recipes that featured ingredients or cooking styles that are outside my normal range.  Which is why I was debating such things as Coconut Brownie Waffles, Greek Yogurt Cheesecake, and Multi-Vegetable Paella before settling on her Roasted Vegetable Couscous.  For the most part I stick with recipes that are either on the stove or in the oven as I’m normally restricted on cooking time thanks to the fur children.  However some rather intense weather freed up the time normally reserved for dog walking, so I decided to heat up the kitchen and get to work!

Mysterious As

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow squash, sliced and quartered (about 1 cup)
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups pre-soaked chickpeas, well rinsed
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup dry couscous

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Place the squash, zucchini, and mushrooms in a roasting pan and top with half of the olive oil. Roasted for 20 minutes, then remove pan and add the tomatoes. Roast for a final 10 minutes.
  3. Towards the end of the roasting time heat the remaining olive oil in a large pan, add the garlic and red onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the seasonings and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  4. Remove the roasted vegetables from the oven and add to the pan with the onion/garlic.
  5. Add the stock, raisins, chickpeas tomato paste, salt and couscous. Bring mixture to a boil, then stir, cover, and turn heat down to low. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, or until couscous has finished cooking.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/04/mysterious-as.html

I switched up the vegetables from the original recipe, but that’s one of the awesome things about this recipe – anything will work!  I also cooked the couscous directly in the sauce in order to save a dish, which resulted in some ultra flavorful couscous, and added more chickpeas instead of serving it with the tofu since DH is on a no-soy diet.  In the future I might be tempted to just do all the veggies in a saute pan rather then roasting, but there is something to be said about a fresh roasted tomato.  All in all another awesome recipe thanks to Cheap Ethnic Eats and the Secret Recipe Club!