Friday, July 5, 2013

Supu ya Kuku na Karanga

Chicken Peanut Soup

3 Tbs. Sunflower Oil
2 red onions roughly chopped
1 Tbs. Tomato Paste
28 oz. canned tomatoes
4 chicken thighs chopped
4 c. chicken stock
1/4 c. smooth peanut butter
1 clove chopped garlic
1 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
chopped cilantro for garnish
cooked rice (optional)

Heat the oil in a soup pot and saute the onions until soft. Then, add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Saute a few more minutes.  Then add the chicken stock and peanut butter.  Use a hand held emersion blender to blend the ingredients-not too smooth!  Bring the soup to a low boil and add the chicken. Cook the chicken in the broth for about 5 min. then turn the heat down, put a lid on it and let it cook on low 30 min- a couple of hours.  Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with the cilantro.

The next day, I had the leftovers with some rice.

Monday, July 1, 2013


Apricot Lamb Tagine
I got this recipe off of Pinterest.  Tagine's are popular in Morocco and other parts of North Africa.  The name comes from the type of clay pot that is used, called a "tagine". I don't have a tagine and you don't have to either to make this.  It is beyond delicious!

 Recipe: Courtesy via Pinterest

2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pinch saffron
1 teaspoon lemon (zest)
1 tablespoon oil
1 pound lamb (cut into bite sized pieces)
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion (chopped)
1 tablespoon garlic (grated)
1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
2 tablespoons tomato paste (I used chopped sun dried tomatoes)
1-2 cups beef stock
3/4 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons harissa  
1/4 cup pistachios (chopped, optional)
1/4 cup cilantro (chopped, optional)
1/4 cup parsley (chopped, optional)
1 cup Greek style yogurt (optional)

1. Mix the paprika, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, cayenne pepper, saffron, lemon zest and oil in a ziplock bag.
2. Add the lamb, mix well and marinate the fridge for a few hours to overnight.
3. Heat the oil in a large pan.
4. Add the lamb, brown well on all sides and set aside.
5. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
6. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for about a minute.
7. Add the lamb and tomato paste and cover with beef stock.
8. Bring to a boil, reduce the meat and simmer covered until the lamb is fall apart tender, about 2-3 hours.
9. Add the apricots, raisins and more beef stock to cover.
10. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
11. Add the honey and harissa.
12. Serve on couscous and garnished with pistachios, cilantro, parsley and Greek yogurt.

My Riffs and Review:

 Excellent. Sweet and tangy. Don't worry about the Harissa (North African hot chili paste) You can use Sriracha or a similar product). Perfect contrast to the simple and light couscous. I probably used half as much lamb. I chopped the apricots. They were good, but sometimes over-powerful. Probably because I didn't add a full pound of lamb. You may want to reduce amount just a bit. The parsley or green onions on top are a must for balance.  I paired it with a simple spinach salad with a dressing of 2 parts olive oil, 1 part lemon juice, 1tsp. dijon, salt and pepper. My husband went nuts for it!