April 5th, 2007


easter treats

Hi there,

I am going to my bf's for easter this year, and i want to take some kind of dessert/cake/cookie type fare.
There are 2 problems:

1. My family is jewish, so i have no idea what typical easter fare is.
2. I am a CRAP baker (somehow, i always manage to eff it up. i don't know how, coz i cook well!), and hi family always makes fun of me for being so bad at it.

SO. If anyone has any no-fail, delicious easter treat recipes, please post some recipes!! Ideally, they'd be vegan, but i can deal with adding eggs if i must.

Norange Palaw

this has long been my favorite Afghani dish. i'm not sure how authentic it is, as i created the recipe without anything to guide me. i just guessed as to what flavors would re-create the dish as closely as possible. my fiance and i agreed that it was not exact, but damned close and tasty as hell!

1 cup cubed pumpkin
1 small eggplant, peeled and cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 15oz. can diced tomatoes, crushed.
1/4 cup raisins
2 cloves garlic, minced
pinch of saffron
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
salt to taste

place raisins in a small bowl and cover with warm water. soak for 10 minutes or so, then drain and mash. set aside.

heat some olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. add the garlic and onions and saute until softened and translucent. add the pumpkin and eggplant to the pan and continue cooking, mostly covered. cook the vegetables, stirring frequently, until the pumpkin is tender, but not breaking apart.

add the tomatoes, raisins, and spices to the dish. stir well and cook over med-low heat until the eggplant is well cooked and the flavors are nicely developed.

season with salt to taste. serve the vegetables covered with a mound of basmati rice flavored with saffron and a hint of rosewater. sprinkle with orange zest and pistachios.