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Salsa with huacatay

The Cherokee purple tomatoes are ripening in Richmond, so I made a salsa combining the Cerokee purple and orange brandywine? tomatoes with fresh chopped parsley, cilantro, basil, and huacatay and Doña Isabel huacatay/Aji sauce and some chipotle Tabasco. Very fresh … Continue reading

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Huacatay (Tagetes minuta)

I just harvested some huacatay (Tagetes minuta, Mexican marigold, black mint) for fermented rocoto salsa and now naturally I have no rocoto peppers as the pepper plants did not survive overwintering indoors. The plant has a vaguely minty, herb smell, … Continue reading

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Arugula flowers

I am back to Richmond and missed out on young arugula in the garden so I am using up the arugula on: a mixed salad of arugula leaves and flowers, fatouche, hummus and salsa and serrano ham, queso fresco and … Continue reading

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Sourdough rye naan (flatbread)

I was preparing for an Amtrak trip to NYC and needed a healthier sandwich substrate so took took white wheat sourdough from the refrigerator and addsourdough rye flatbreaded rye flour, salt and olive oil and left it to rise in … Continue reading

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Dal with rice

The pink lentils from Laxmi Palace had been calling to me from their front row position in our pantry grains/legumes section so I finally had to make a simple dal (without tomatoes) adapting to a missing recipe by adding chopped … Continue reading

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Chana masala with naan

I was on my own for dinner so thought I could spice it up a bit with chana masala, using the recipe on the MDH box (oil, onion, tomato, spice and canned chickpeas) and a quick single- rise, one-hour recipe … Continue reading

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Chimichurri sauce

Having returned from Buenos Aires just a week ago we made some Argentinian chimichurri sauce to complement a pork loin over the weekend which I used for breakfast with pan fried potatoes, onions and red sweet pepper along with some … Continue reading

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