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Dreamy Chimichurri

My dreams have changed a little after 5 months in England. Thanks to British cooking techniques like the oh-so-popular ‘salt on every 2 in 5 potatoes’, I went into spice withdrawal fast. I watched my favorite food drift away across the Atlantic: Adios avocados. Goodbye salsa. Where are you chilies?

You can keep the castles, princes, and sunset romances in meadows, please just give me a bowl of something SPICY

Here’s my goes-with-everything, incredibly delicious sauce to spice it up

Chimichurri of DreamsImage

Ingredients

½ cup cilantro

½ cup parsley

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1 lemon or lime

1 clove garlic

3 dried red chili peppers (alternatively about a ½ teaspoon of red chili flakes)

2 spicy green finger chilies or 1 jalapeño

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon water

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Just blend this list in a blender or food processor!Image

It’s a heavy ingredient list, yes. But these individual ingredients come together to make the most delicious, flavorful, party-in-your-mouth chimichurri that you will have. Use it as a salad dressing. Put it on your fish tacos. Add it to beans for flavor. Put it on hummus (“Are you mad woman? On hummus?!” – you might be thinking. Well maybe I am mad, but they add chimichurri to falafel and hummus in Israel. It’s the perfect spice + lemon acidity to warm up heavy hummus) My favorite idea? We’ll use it as a spread on THE BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH IN THE WORLD, coming tomorrow to this blog and your stomachs

-Happy Eating

Dakota

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Rainy Day Tomato Soup

Just when I thought winter had finally retreated, it comes back with rainstorms and a cold wind. I feel like this http://whatshouldwecallme.tumblr.com/post/48693968924/when-i-start-feeling-like-summer-is-coming-and-suddenly

But! There is a bright side, because when the weather outside is frightful… let us cook let us cook let us cook!

Today’s Menu: Rainy Day Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

10 tomatoes

1 carrot

1 small onion (yellow)

1 clove garlic

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 cup worth of vegetable or chicken stock + 1 cup plain water

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon paprika

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Step 1. Steam the tomatoes in a pot until soft, about 15 minutes.

Step 2. Chop onion and carrot and cook on medium with 1 tablespoon of olive oil (what is carrot doing in my tomato soup? You may be asking. Making it sweeter! I would reply) Image

Step 3. Add 1 clove of chopped garlic to mixture and wait for it to turn golden. (Also enjoy the glorious smell that is now infusing your kitchen) The carrot/onion/garlic mixture should soften and be caramelizing. Add the broth and water. It will start looking like this:Image

Step 4. Rinse Tomatoes in cold water so they begin to cool down enough to peel off the skin

Step 5. Make two slits in the bottom or top of the tomatoes, making an x. You’ll “undress” the tomatoes easily by pulling the skin away. If the skin won’t come off, the tomatoes weren’t cooked long enough. Image

Step 6. Mash the tomatoes into the carrot, onion, and broth mixture and cook for an additional 15 minutes on a low to medium heat with the paprika and salt added. The tomatoes should have broken apart and become part of the liquid now.

Step 7. Allow to cool, blend in a food processor or blender and serve with basil or parsley

Simple (ish) healthy, and colorful. Best served with a book and a seat by the window.