Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jan 20, 2011: Puree, mhemmer & lasagna

Blackbean and carrot puree, grilled zucchini with fried onion and garlic
Today's Food Diary
Breakfast: Missed
Lunch: Sourdough toast, polenta and banana porridge
Dinner: Blackbean and carrot puree, grilled zucchini with fried onion and garlic
Baking/sweets: Wholemeal baking soda bread

Polenta porridge is an interesting alternative to rolled oats and other porridges. It has all the characteristics that you look for in a good porridge – creamy, filling, tasty and quick and easy to prepare. And yellow porridge looks attractive. I had polenta porridge for the first time today, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Lunch was interesting. Blackbeans and carrots were coarsely pureed with milk and seasoned with salt. Blackbean has a distinct taste, unlike beans such as chickpeas which are more neutral tasting, relatively speaking. I liked the puree, but I guess it is not everyones cup of tea. The combination with zucchini and fried onions and garlic worked well. Fried onions and garlic helped bring all the components together, adding much needed crunch and flavour boost, otherwise the dish would have been b&b - bland and boring. A small amount of garnish can make such a big difference to a dish.

Today's Favourite Blog
It is always nice to learn about new foods, especially food from exotic countries. Thanks to dinners & dreams for the mhemmer recipe. Mhemmer is a Moroccan egg omelette, similar to a frittata. It comprises of eggs, obviously, along with mashed potatoes, peas, carrots and a few aromatics. Mhemmer is baked like a cake. Couple of weeks ago I had Spanish omelette prepared by a Spaniard. It had potatoes and cured meat. A very tasty combination. Eggs and potatoes go well together, and I am sure mhemmer is a star in Morocco.

Today's Favourite Photo



  1. The polenta porridge sounds very nice, and so does the black bean and carrot puree. I've been experimenting with various types of purees (chickpea and vegetables, lima beans, green peas, etc) lately, so will have to try this as well :-)

  2. Anca@Bistro Gerard: thanks for visiting. I love chickpeas and it goes so well with just about everything, blackbeans is another story, its a bit special! Would love to hear your reaction