Chickpea Salad with Sweet Peppers and Herbs

Here’s another great salad for those barbecues!

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This is another great salad that can be made a day ahead. I got the recipe from Elizabeth Bard’s Picnic in Provence. This is her second book on her life in France, while sharing recipes.

1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper thinly sliced

1 yellow and 1 red onion thinly sliced

pinch of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ground Spanish nora peppers or good quality smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon harissa ( North African hot pepper paste) or a pinch or two of hot pepper flakes

1/2 cup of olive oil

3 cups of canned chickpeas ( 2 14 ounce cans) drained

black pepper

a good pinch of coarse sea salt

1 cup packed flat leafed parsley, with stems finely chopped

1 tablespoon packed fresh mint finely chopped

lemon slices for garnish

Preheat oven 350F

In a large casserole dish combine the peppers, onions, and dry…

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Potato and Green Bean Salad with Pastis Vinaigrette

This week I will reblog salads I made for our cookout over the Fourth of July last year.

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This is one of the salads I made for our cookout over this holiday weekend. I will post the others later. I made it the night before and added the dressing a couple of hours before serving and let it get to room temperature. The recipe is in Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. Which a great read by the way. It serves 4-6, but it can easily be doubled.

2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon pastis (an apertif, liquorice test) or anisette

1/4 teaspoon of coarse sea salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard

1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil or more up to 1/2 cup to taste

1 1/2 pounds of small red potatoes, halved or quartered

3/4 pounds of haricots verts, extra thin green beans, blanched (I don’t blanch them as I do like them…

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Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Summer has officially started! Time for those backyard barbecues. This was a delicious salad to be served along with any grilled meats. This is courtesy of Alexandra Stratou, editor in chief of Gourmed, a Mediterranean food website.

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • One 16-ounce package of dried black-eyed peas
  • sat and pepper
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 7 ounces of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped parsley

Directions

Boil the peas in salted water for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the water turns a dark grey.  Drain well, then add the peas back to the pot with fresh water to cover. Bring to a boil, add salt and simmer to the peas are soft.

Drain the peas and place in a bowl. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Once cool, add the scallions, tomatoes, parsley,(reserve some for garnish) , olive oil, vinegar and pepper to taste. ( I mixed the oil and vinegar together and then poured over the peas) Mix together well. Add the feta and the extra parsley.

 

Spicy Grilled Salsa

This is part 2 to my posts this week. This salsa was served with the Herbed Meat Kebabs. Courtesy of Einat Admony. Her suggestion was to use the broiler for roasting but, I actually used the grill and then prepared the salsa while the kebabs were grilling. I also placed the peppers and tomatoes in a bowl and covered for a few minutes so that the steam  will make it easier to peel off the skin. Then place in an iced water bowl.

Spicy Grilled Salsa

Ingredients

1 large red pepper

1 large green pepper

1 large red onion, halved

1 jalapeno chile

2 large tomatoes

3 gloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt

pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  • Roast the peppers, onion, jalapeno, tomatoes and garlic on the grill, or broiler. Get a deep brown, char all sides. About 20 minutes.
  • Peel away the skins. Remove all stems and seeds. Chop coarsely for a chunky salsa.

Transfer to a serving dish and add the parsley, oil lemon juice and salt and pepper.

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Herbed Meat Kebabs

Due to our summers being short in the Northeast, we grill outside every chance we get. It can be made ahead of time therefor great for entertaining. They are served on pita bread with a spicy grilled salsa ( recipe will follow later this week) and a scoop of Tzatziki. Courtesy  of Einat Admony. Serves 6 to 8.

Herbed Meat Kebabs

Ingredients

2 pounds of ground beef

1 medium yellow onion minced or grated

1/3 cup of fresh parsley chopped

1/3 cup of finely chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of water

3 tablespoons of freshly chopped mint

2 teaspoons of kosher salt

1 teaspoon of ground cumin

1 teaspoon of ssweet Hungarian paprika

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper

  • Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. with your hands. Shape into 3 inch cylinders and 1/2 inch in diameter, put them on skewers and refridgerate till ready to use.
  • Grill 4 to 6 minutes on each side

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The Fashionista Cook turns One!!

I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I started this blog. I want to thank all my followers, your support has made this a wonderful experience.

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