March 30, 2009
A few months ago while surfing the net for a recipe for borsch, I came across a website called Farida’s Azerbaijani Cookbook. I was immediately curious and found several dishes that I wanted to try. I emailed the blog’s author, Farida asking if she had a recipe for borsch. Low and behold she did and she emailed it to me a few days ago. I’ll be making it tomorrow.
Tonight however, I treated my tastebuds to another of Farida’s recipes – Mushrooms Stuffed with Eggplant, Walnuts and Fresh Herbs. In one word – FABULOUS! If you want a super quick, tasty appetizer, do yourself a favor and give these a try. I made the following modifications – I used 1/2 the recipe since it was only me and Scott, I added one clove of minced garlic to the mixture in the frying pan and I added about 1/4 cup of shredded cheese prior to stuffing. Another word – YUMMO! Scott wolfed down 8 of them in no time and I managed to polish off 4 with no problem and could have eaten more. Thankfully I wanted Andy to try them so I didn’t eat the 5th one….yet! Andy better get over here in the next hour though otherwise I can’t be responsible for my actions.
The main course is still in the oven and due to come out in about 15 minutes. This is a newbie for me….I’m calling it Twisted Chicken. It’s a variation of Andy’s Greek Chicken from 2 weekends ago. Basically, it’s a baked chicken and oven roasted vegetables. I stuffed the chicken with a few cloves of garlic, some fresh dill and a boiled lemon….yep, that’s right, boiled lemon. I learned that from Andy, and it gives the chicken just a hint of lemon flavor. I par boiled the potatoes and the lemon and garlic cloves then stuffed the chicken and added the potatoes and some fresh carrots around the chicken in the roasting pan. End result is a great tasting bird and veggies. Thanks Andy for the lemon idea, this will be a frequent meal in the Smart household….Twisted Chicken.
And I’ll leave you with this cute picture of Max sleeping. It’s hard to believe he’s comfortable, and he LOVES to sleep on top of his kennel because that’s where the sunshine is! The dog moves from spot to spot throughout the day, following the sun.