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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Delicious Mushroom Grain Veggie Burger

Veggie burgers have a bad rap for being a nasty little tasteless piece of frozen cardboard. It doesn't have to be.

I took a bunch of my favorite flavors, mixed them together and ended up this really great Mushroom Grain Burger. It's packed with protein from the quinoa and good fat from the sunflower seeds.

As with most veggie burgers, you need to be gentle with these. They do hold their shape fairly well once cooked and but are delicate during forming. And probably not meant to eaten on a bun. I also froze a few uncooked patties to see how they would hold up - they pretty much fell apart in the pan while cooking. However, I dropped in a couple of eggs and ended up with super yummy hash scrambled eggs.

You try these deliciously healthy vegetarian burgers now, and I'll keep trying to come up with a version that can withstand the grill.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pine Nut Romesco Sauce


Our recent trip to Spain has me longing for simple tapas and homemade vermouth. I loved eating our way through cities, one snack and drink at a time.

Recreating some of those tasty treats helps make me feel just a little more connected to that trip, this romesco sauce is one of those dishes. I made a few modifications to this classic sauce to make it my own, including pine nuts, chili peppers and sherry vinegar.

It's a super simple sauce that comes together super quick; the most time consuming process is soaking the little chili peppers. And it's great on just about anything- grilled meats, roasted potatoes and even just simple bread.

As for the Spanish vermouth, this is not your Martini and Rossi vermouth. It's enjoyed by the glass and it's delicious. And I can't find it in the States so it seems I am going to need to start my own batch of this scrumptious fortified wine; check in with me in a year.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Moroccan Mint Tea

Hot off our most recent travel adventure to Spain and Morocco, be prepared to read more than one post from me that has to do with the amazing food and drink we encountered. Today it's Moroccan Mint Tea, the Moroccan drink of choice and now mine as well.

No matter where you go in Morocco, you will be greeted with lovely mix of green tea and fresh mint leaves. Hotels, restaurants, houses, even rug sellers all had a fresh teapot waiting for us. Rows of shiny pots hang in the markets and piles of fresh mint are plentiful; my favorite glass of tea was from a unassuming cafe in the little beach town of Asilah.

The act of tea in Morocco is a ritual, a sign of friendship, a welcoming and a matter of etiquette. Served from shiny silver teapots, the tea is poured with bold grace  from high above into small, ornate glasses. It is felt this aerates the tea; I'm not sure I would notice the difference but the performance is exciting to watch and and completes the ceremonial act.  Did I mention it's also delicious?

Green tea is considered one of the world's healthiest drinks with it's anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. Mint has been know to alleviate indigestion, nausea and headaches while quenching free radicals, clearing congestion and help to inhibit the release of histamines which often spur allergy symptoms. Mint also grows like a weed so this is a perfect way to use it up. 

Add mint to your green today today, make a spectacle while pouring it and then sit, take the time to enjoy your glass while you feel the worldly atmosphere of the Moroccan culture. Happy really does eat healthy.

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