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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sweet and Sour Eggplant Salad

This is from Claudia Roden. It's simple enough to let the flavor of the eggplant come through.

Sweet and Sour Eggplant

Olive oil
1 large Spanish onion, coarsely chopped
1 pound eggplant, partially peeled and cut in 3/4-inch cubes
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1-pound can diced tomatoes
4 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 tablespoons wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground red chili

Cover bottom of a large skillet with oil and heat. Saute onion until soft and golden. Add eggplant and cook, stirring, for about five minutes. Then add garlic and cook until colored.

Add remaining ingredients and cook over very low heat for 20 minutes. Serve cold (we had it warm last night and cold today--delicious).

And here's the Sidecar recipe. Russell made these for us.


1 part lemon juice
1 part Cointreau
2 parts cognac

Shake with ice.

And our version:

Poor Man's Sidecar

1 part lemon juice
1 part Triple Sec
2 parts bourbon

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spinach Enchiladas

I finally figured out a good spinach enchilada recipe. For the filling I used 2 cups cooked fresh spinach, chopped and combined with shredded Monterey jack and cotija cheeses. I briefly fried corn tortillas, filled them, topped them with sauce and more shredded cheese. Then I baked them for about 10 minutes.

I made this sauce from Aida Gabilondo's Mexican Family Cooking.

Tomatillo Cilantro Sauce

1 pound fresh tomatillos, husked
1 cup cold water
4 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno, seeds and all
1/2 medium white onion
2 cups cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar

First put the tomatillos in a saucepan with water to cover, bring to a boil, and simmer 20 minutes. Drain.

Put tomatillos in a blender with water, garlic, jalapeno, onion, and cilantro. Blend until nearly liquid.

Heat oil in a pan and pour the sauce directly into it. Season with salt and sugar and simmer for five minutes.