Friday, November 18, 2011

What do Papa Tofu and I have in common?

A love for Ethiopian food!

This week I've been doing a little cooking from Kittee's Papa Tofu Loves Ethiopian Food.  Kittee has done a great job of explaining techniques, ingredients, and recipes in this adorable zine.  She worked really hard on both the designs and the recipes and it shows.  I'm super happy to have it in my collection.

The recipes I've tried so far have tasted really authentic, but even more importantly, yummy!  It was hard to decide on just a few dishes to try this week.  I'll be cooking through these pages, until I've tried every recipe, and then keep going!  The most fantastic thing about zines is that the number of dishes to try is manageable.

So what have I made this week?

Don't mind the horrible state of the injera.  I wasn't gentle with the ripping.






















Here you'll see (clockwise from top right): Ye'abesha Gomen (mild collard greens), Ye'miser W'et (red lentils in a spicy gravy), mushrooms sauteed in Niter Kibbeh (seasoned "butter"), and Selata (tossed salad) with Citrus Vinaigrette.

The Ye'abesha Gomen was gingery and really on par with greens dishes I've had in Ethiopian restaurants.  I loved the Ye'miser W'et the most.  I actually made that one in the slow cooker, minus the initial sauteing.  We've had variations of the salad for three nights in a row.  The citrus vinaigrette is really simple, but I love it.  It's definitely going to become a go-to dressing in my house.

Tonight I'm going to make Keysir Allecha (Ethiopian style beets) to go along with leftovers of the other dishes.  It's been really easy to prepare one dish every night to add to the plate.

9 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to hear you're going to make each dish! That's the coolest. I think this zine has been getting a lot of shelf time, but since the weather's cooling down, I hope it gets some cookage. I'm cooking from it tomorrow, too! Your picture is lovely, if you get a chance, will you please add it to the flickr pooooooool?

    xo
    kittee

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  2. Also, that is such a smart idea to make one new dish every couple of days, to stretch out the leftovers and to add variety. I wish I'd thought to add that to the zine!!

    xo
    kiteeeeee

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  3. I thought it was a pretty good idea too! :) We started off having the Ye'miser W'et with brown rice the first night, until I went out and bought injera and continued cookin'!

    I've already decided that when my family comes to visit next month, we're going to have a homemade Ethiopian feast!

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  4. today i made ye'miser w'et II with black eyed pea sausages, ye'shiro w'et, keysir allecha (beets) and a mixed vegetable with salad!

    xo
    kitteeeeeee

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  5. yummies! I love Papa Tofu! :)

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  6. I got my copy of the zine but I am still yet to use it, your gorgeous plate of food has inspired me to get it out and try something!

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  8. This looks amazing! We totally need to cook ethiopian together soon!!!

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