I feel excited, nervous and hopeful for the year that is about to start, for our life to renew, and for the current cycle to end and another one to begin. Food is what I do, and through it, I would like to invoke all good things: sweetness, health, peace, merits,and why not? wealth and strength.
I might not be able to post the pictures of the finished dishes, especially because some last-minute orders for desserts just rang in, the electrician is here for the second day in a week trying to fix something that the plumber messed up upstairs, the doorman just called: they're turning off the water in the building for 2 hours, I need to get kids from school, well, you get the point, but here are the recipes...
I'm keeping with the symbolic foods theme. Everything is dairy free, and there are also some dishes with no nuts, eggs, soy or gluten.
- Aran Goyoaga's Carrot and Apple Soup
Carrots encourage our merits to increase, while apple orchards smell like Gan Eden, and apples are related to the hope for wealth and power.
Carrot and Apple Soup with Cumin and Coriander
Serves 4 to 6
2 tbs olive oil
1 large shallot, peeled and minced
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
1 lb (450 g) carrots, peeled and diced
2 Gala apples, peeled, cored and diced
3 sprigs thyme leaves
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/8 to 1/4 tsp piment d'Espelette
2 3/4 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
In a stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the apple, thyme, salt, cumin, coriander and piment d'Espelette. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
Add the chicken stock, bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover the pot, and cook for 15 minutes ot until the vegetables are tender. Puree with a blender. Add coconut milk and adjust seasoning if needed.
- Miso-tahini chicken with a touch of honey
It's very easy and really tasty. The honey in it is an augury for sweetness.
|Photo by STSTUDIO.CA|
- Roasted squash with date syrup and pepitas
Dates are an omen to avoid having enemies and gourd (squash, in this case) will hopefully help our merits to be proclaimed before God.
Place the butternut squash on a parchment-covered sheet pan. Add olive oil, the date syrup, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss.
Roast the squash for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until tender. Add the pepitas to the pan for the last 5 minutes. Once out of the oven, sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top, before serving.