Shakshuka is a really popular recipe right now, although I had never heard of it until recently. But the pictures all looked so striking and delicious and eggs poached in tomato sauce sounded like a fabulous idea! I’ve been including a lot more eggs in my diet lately and also more vegetarian meals. This has become one of my favorite dishes for lunch.
However, what I make isn’t quite shakshuka. Let’s call it shakshukish. I made real shakshuka once and enjoyed it, but I found myself wishing for tomato sauce flavored more like marinara sauce. So then I made it that way, with parmesan cheese on top instead of feta. But then I missed the feta. So now it’s marinara sauce for me…with feta!
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There is a wonderful Turkish restaurant named Istanbul Grill in Rice Village in Houston. Their meats are always full of flavor and they have a rice pilaf with chickpeas that I could eat forever. But what always makes me think of going there is their red lentil soup. A few years ago a friend recommended it to me and I’ve been in love since. It is the perfect soup for a cold day.
Unfortunately right now in Houston it’s been hitting the 80s in February. But between bouts of existential dread at global warming we have had a few chilly days and I decided to try making Turkish red lentil soup myself. Continue reading Turkish red lentil soup
You know how sometimes someone says I made brownies!…but then they have walnuts? Or they made cookies!…but they’re oatmeal raisin? I think it’s kind of like that if I say “Tonight’s lasagna…and it’s vegetarian!”
Unless you are a vegetarian, I think it’s hard to get really jazzed about the vegetarian version of something. Especially something so iconically meat and gooey cheesy as lasagna.
But, friends, let me tell you: be brave. Be bold. This veggie lasagna is amazing. It’s not good “for a vegetarian recipe.” It’s just good. I make this instead of normal lasagna. I sneak bites of it as I’m packing up the leftovers. I am fully a convert. Continue reading Veggie Lasagna the Great