Posted tagged ‘olive oil’

Colombian Treat

May 14, 2011

A Colombian friend made these for me today. They are simple. Slice plantains, salt lightly, and fry gently in olive oil. They are a good snack, and taste a little like potato chips and a little like eggplant.

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pasta fazool

April 18, 2010

I can’t cook but I try.  I’ve always liked that song That’s Amore,  Have you ever wondered what is meant by the lyrics that go “when the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool”?

There are many recipes for pasta fazool, which the older generation of Itallians called pasta e fagioli.  It’s a soupy dish, although some versions are a bit thicker.  It’s largely vegetarian but there are a few recipes that call for meat.

So what distinguishes pasta fazool from, say, bean soup?  For one thing, the beans should be white.  And the pasta should be small, like elbow macaroni.  Other ingredients include olive oil, garlic, onion, spices, and tomatoes.  It’s a peasant dish that utilizes an economical source of protein, and definitely a comfort food.  I’m going to make some today.

Enhanced Cake

March 16, 2010

I am about to make a nutritious cake.  It would be better to start with an organic cake mix from the food co-op, or even a made from scratch cake from a recipe, but let’s not complicate things.  I have a  spice cake mix.

First of all it calls for three eggs but I will use four.  The 1 and 1/3 cup water will be half milk.  And I will use organic olive oil.

I will mix the batter according to the directions.

To this mixture I will add one fourth cup soy flour.  Another fourth cup flour made from ground hazel nuts.  And I will add chopped peanuts and sunflower seeds.  These two ingredients make a complete protein, in the correct proportions.  I’m not sure what the proportions are but then nobody’s perfect.

I will fold in dehydrated blueberries, raisins, and perhaps other fruits to the batter.  I will bake in a deep, round, oiled pie pan, according to directions.  It will be good, and good for you.  Try it!