Popularized throughout the Middle East, hummus has become a familiar favourite worldwide; this recipe taps into the cold cellar to bring a sweet touch of pumpkin.
5 cups (1.25 L) fresh pumpkin, cubed
1 cup (250 mL) canned chickpeas
Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
1/2 cup (125 mL) tahini
4 large garlic cloves, pured
1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp (30 mL) flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 tsp (2 mL) freshly ground cumin seeds
Salt and pepper
1 Tbsp (15 mL) toasted pumpkin seeds
Place pumpkin cubes in large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to gentle boil and continue to boil until soft (about 40 minutes). Drain well and run through food mill. Return pumpkin to saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until liquid is nearly evaporated (about 25 minutes).
Drain and rinse canned chickpeas. Transfer chickpeas and pumpkin to food processor and process until smooth (add olive oil in small increments if needed). Transfer to medium-size bowl.
Stir tahini into pumpkin-chickpea mixture, followed by garlic, lemon juice, parsley, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds. Serve with Arabic flatbreads.
source: "Sanafir", alive #314, December 2008
This simple dessert celebrates the glory that is the summer strawberry. Don’t feel you have to stick to strawberries here; swapping them for ripe peaches would also make for a stunning ending to any meal. What to gild the lily with? Add a dollop of whipped coconut cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Flower power Orange blossom water (also known as orange flower water) is produced by water distillation of the blossoms of a bitter orange tree. Just like rose water, a little goes a long way. So, take care and use just a drop or two, tasting as you go so as not to overwhelm but rather to complement the other flavours in a dish.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
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