Another recipe I cooked up for my Ethiopian feast, in addition to yesterday’s Cabbage and Carrots, was the obligatory red lentil stew, also known as misir wat. Regina’s Ethiopian restaurant always has some of this goodness at their lunch buffets, and I knew the feast wouldn’t be complete without it.
The recipe is another one courtesy the newest Food and Wine magazine, and can be found online here. Like the cabbage and carrots recipe, I cut this one in half and it was still plenty bountiful. The same lessons as before apply – be generous with the oil, salt and aromatics (garlic, onion, ginger). The only real change I made to this was to sub an equal amount of ground thyme for the ground nigella seeds (couldn’t find ’em) – worked like a dream.
Berbere is a red Ethiopian spice blend that contains stuff like chili peppers, fenugreek, ginger and cardamom. It is very fragrant and varies in spiciness depending on the brand. The type I use is from the store and is quite spicy, though a homemade version would be as easy as this. Berbere makes a great addition to soups and stews if you’re looking to switch up your same-old curry powder routine!
In other news, this is what my balcony view looked like today…
Yup, that there is the first snowfall of the season. Too bad it didn’t hold off until after Halloween! Though I really can’t complain, because Alberta and northern Saskatchewan got pummeled with crazy snowstorms and this is really just a polite sprinkling of the stuff. Ahh, it won’t be long until I’m brushing off heaps of snow from my car and working my arm muscles to scrape off thick layers of ice from the windows. Good ol’ winter.
In other OTHER news, and significantly more exciting, check out what arrived in the mail today!
My band’s CD! You can check out our page – the CD is available for download (or free streaming!) there. It won’t be long until we exist on iTunes, too! I’ll keep you posted on that front.
How awesome is that? Look how badass we are! We gonna mess stuff up! If you’re interested in having a hard copy of the album, drop me a line and we can work something out.
Happy Tuesday, all! I’m pretty confident mine can’t get much better. 🙂