Wednesday, January 7, 2009
ethiopian awesomeness & W.I.P. wednesday!
last april i took dan out to try ethiopian foods at our local ethiopian restaurant. he thought it was "alright", but found the spices to be a bit overwhelming. i looooove ethiopian yummies and my friend emily & i go every now again - it's sooooo goooooood. i wanted to try and make ethiopian yummies that dan might like - homemade without too much spice or oil (i knew we could tone those down just a bit) - so sunday night i picked up kittee's zine papa tofu and made a bunch of ethiopian goodness for us to enjoy tuesday night. i figured if i made the dishes ahead of time (we made the injera last night as the dishes were reheating) the flavors would have more time to really get to know each other.
we made the niter kebbeh (seasoned "butter"), injera (spongy sourdough flat bread), atar allecha (split pea puree), and kittee's yetakelt w'et (vegetables in a spicy red gravy). i used just 1 tbsp of niter kebbeh per dish, toned down the berbere spice in the w'et just a tad, subbed green peas for green beans in the w'et, and we let our 100% teff injera sit for 2 1/2 days. the verdict: wahooooooooooooooo, glorious! i was sooooooo scared the injera would be fussy, and we didn't have a teflon pan so we used a bit of olive oil cooking spray - it turned out to be soooo delicious - and it worked! i have heard injera is super hard to make - but it was perfect! we followed kittee's directions and oh my gosh, yay! we both gobbled everything up! it was so delicious! dan said we should enjoy ethiopian awesomeness more often!
thank you so much for the rock'n recipes, kittee! if you guys haven't checked out her recipe site, pakupaku, you need to right now! it's loaded with information and a million tasty recipes! and if you don't already have papa tofu you need to order it NOW!
alrighty - now here's my W.I.P wednesday! has everyone been to Shelly's blog Musings From The Fishbowl? you need to get your butts over there if you haven't - 'cause Shelly's blog rocks so hard! not only does she make the most tasty looking yummies (try her smashing grain casserole immediately!) but she's one helluva crafy lady! a while ago she had this awesome idea to start posting her "works in progress" (W.I.P.) on wednesdays - showing off all the crafty projects she's work'n on.
W.I.P. has really caught on - and this past monday my fellow blogging buddy allularpunk, of Awesome. Vegan. Rad. (which is awesome, vegan, and rad multiplied by a million), was telling everyone that she's learning to
knit and she's gonna participate in W.I.P. wednesdays, too. i told allularpunk i'd try not to be such a chickensh*t and join in...
it all starts two decembers ago when i wanted to learn to knit. i signed myself up for a beginner's class at our local yarn shop the Yarn Lounge. i knitted a scarf or two over the next few months at the beginning of last year and then the knitting kinda faded out. however, more recently i've found Stacey's blog Te Amo Vegano! (you need to check out her blog 'cause it's fantastically stellar!) - and her knits and totally inspired me to start knitting again! (have you all been over to Bitter Sweet lately? Hannah just finished knitting a sweater! superimpressedface!)
okay, enough rambling - here's my W.I.P ----> a scarf for dan's sister! dan's momma gave me this yarn 2 christmases ago. it's wool (at the time we weren't vegan and so i decided i should use it up instead of wasting it) and multicolored and all the colors his sister loves (i think/hope!). so as soon as i'm done this colorful ribbed scarf it's going to her. pretty cool, huh?! i can't wait to have it all finished - then i'll post another picture before i send it off to its new home! w00t!
what's everyone else got go'n on for their W.I.P wednesday? i totally showed you all my knits - now you show me yours! ;)