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Roasted Tomato Hatch Salsa

I made the best salsa in the world. The thing is, when it is Hatch season, everything is so much better than the rest of the year. It is the magic the season I guess. This summer I haven’t had any time to do much cooking so I have been just making a ton of refried beans and greens and then just eating simple tacos all week. For a meal like that to be exciting salsa is really the key but the other day I didn’t have any cilantro so I couldn’t make the standard pico. I did have a bunch of Hatch peppers and some local tomatoes so I roasted them both and threw them in the blender with some Cuban oregano. If you live in Austin and have trouble growing things I highly recommend Cuban oregano mine sits in full sun all year and grows like crazy. Even if I forget to water it when it is 110! Even if it stay out in hail storms! It is like the postman of the herb world. And it is really pretty. This salsa was such a hit I am going to make it every week until the peppers are gone again. 

Roasted Tomato & Hatch Salsa

~6 Hatch Peppers

4 big tomatoes

3 cloves of garlic, smashed

juice from 3 key limes

1 Tablespoon of Cuban Oregano

1 teaspoon of Agave

1 teaspoon of salt

Turn on the broiler and roast the peppers on a baking sheet turning until they get all blistered. Put the peppers in a paper bag to loosen up. Put the tomatoes under the broiler unil the get charred. Slip all those babies out of their charred skins. Put the pepper and the tomatoe guts in a blender with the rest of the ingredients and pulse until you have salsa. Enjoy on everything.

If you are looking for other vegan Hatch recipes check out this Corn & Kale Chowder or the Hatch Green Chile Pot Pie. They were both fabulous!

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Focaccia with Tomatoes and Olives

Cherry Tomatoes are the only tomatoes worth eating now that it is almost winter which is sad. But I get to turn my oven on so that makes me happy! This in one of the best baked breads I have ever made, for some reason they never turn out great but this focaccia was completely perfect. It rose so high and was the perfect texture. Here is the link to the recipe. I served it with marinated baked tofu and “nice ass greens“. This wasn’t the perfect meal for a weeknight because the focaccia needed two rising times but it was a simple and great meal and I recommend it.

Ugandan Tofu Scramble

If you try this recipe I swear you will start waking up in the morning craving something Ugandan. This is another dish that is inspired by Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian. In the recipe she makes a kind of dry stew with okra, tomatoes, and spices but she said that in Uganda they often topped it with eggs and so I thought it would work well as a tofu scramble. I am pleased to say that it turned out fantastic! I think it was the best scramble we have ever had so if you like okra try it out.

in a bowl Crumble & combine
1 lbs of tofu
juice of one lemon
1/4 tsp black salt
1/2 tsp salt

In a mortar & pestle make a paste of
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Saute
1 lbs okra, sliced into rounds
after 5 minutes reduce heat & add tofu mix
When Tofu is browned add
2 cups chopped tomatoes (I used one big fat yellow heirloom)
spice paste

Cook until the scramble has reached the desired consistency and serve with mashed yuca, fried plantains, or roasted potatoes and toast or tortillas. Top with chives or scallions.

Enjoy!

Mushroom & Dried Cherry Tomato Fettuccini with Cuban Oregano

My favorite raw cookbook is without a doubt Raw Food Real World. I am very lucky that my friend Carrie bought it for me when she was staying here a few years ago because it is pretty pricey and I wouldn’t have gotten it myself and I am so glad I have it. The only problem I have with the book is the title. It only works if by “real world” they mean “well-off New Yorker”.  They use ingredients that I have never heard of which adds a whole challenge to the book but also makes it somewhat inaccessible especially when that is coupled with the huge amount of planning involved in making some of the dishes. Usually it starts with soaking something over night and then dehydrating for 8 to 24 hours. If you lived in a smaller city that doesn’t have a major Asian grocery store or a raw food community I think it would be pretty hard to come by some of the staples in the book like cases of young coconuts and date powder. But the weird thing is the recipes are almost always totally worth all the planning and searching. It should have been called “Raw Food Will Blow Your Mind” because that is how I feel about a lot of the things I have tried. None of my other raw books come close to the great taste, style, and photography of this book. And the authors do a very nice job of telling you what you could substitute for what. I like to seek out strange ingredients so the book is perfect for me and when I saw this recipe that called for Cuban Oregano I kind of kept my eye out for it. Years later, I saw some growing at the Natural Gardner and scooped it up and brought it home. Over the summer is has grown into an enormous and beautiful plant so I highly recommend picking some seeds up or take a cutting if you ever see it. It has great flavor. So with my Cuban oregano plant mature and the last of the summer tomatoes still to be eaten I decided finally the time was right.

So really this recipe is years in the making. It called for King Oyster mushrooms which I haven’t found but I saw a really similar looking kind at a Korean store so I picked some up.  It also called for goldbar squash but I don’t know what that is either  so I used an heirloom summer squash and I think it might be the same thing. Here is the recipe pretty much as it is in the book.

King Oyster Mushroom & Dried Cherry Tomato Fettuccine with Cuban Oregano

2 or 3 goldbar squash ends trimmed
Sea Salt
2 Cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, stemmed & sliced in half
2 to 4 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
2 Cups king oyster mushrooms, stems removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons braggs liquid aminos
2 to 3 stalks rosemary, plus two teaspoons minced
1 shallot, minced
other herbs for garnish

toss the cherry tomatoes with half the olive oil & season with salt & pepper. Dehydrate cut-side down at 115 for 6 to 8 hours

separately toss the mushrooms with half the olive oil, balsamic, & Bragg’s. Add salt & pepper, rosemary stalks, oregano, and shallot. Toss well and place them on the dehydrator sheet at 115 for 3 to 4 hours until the mushrooms are soft. Get rid of the bigger oregano leaves & the rosemary stalks.

cut the squash into long ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Salt & put in a colander for 30 minutes to drain.

Toss everything together & season and serve with fresh herbs.

Overall for Raw Food Real World this was a really easy recipe, I only had to grow one ingredient and it was only 8 hours of prep time. And it was pretty good. Next time I would omit most if not all of the rosemary, it kind of overpowered the dish.  And I think I would add some olives because I love them. And twice as much squash, too. The recipe didn’t yield very much food but overall it is a great recipe and the whole house smelled like tomatoes and oregano. Now that I have the cuban oregano and tomatoes growing I will undoubtedly make it again.

Tequila Sausage & Cornmeal Crusted Plantain Tacos

I made some tequila sausages based on Isa’s recipe. They came out really good, I love making these sauages, I have been trying to eat less soy so I keep falling back on thinking I need to make seitan even though what I really need to do is eat more vegetables! The problem is that I love making seitan, it is like a science experiment where you get to taste the results. It always leads me to think, next time I will make this or that but really I need to chill out, eat my greens and stop frying everything. I guess that is the problem with being a good cook, you eat all the time!

Despite my complaining I really liked these tacos. We got a fall harvest of tomatoes (take that North!) and I made a simple tomato salsa with them that was really spicy but perfectly complemented the tacos. I also had a plantain that I covered in cornmeal and pan fried. In another pan I sauteed the sausages with a red onion and then, just for good measure, I threw in some broccoli. Broccoli is really becoming one of my favorite things to add to tacos. It is hard to overcook and it really soaks up whatever you are cooking with in a lovely way while still holding up, unlike most of its leafy green friends.

If you already had the sausage made and the salsa ready to go you could easily make this meal in 10 minutes, just chop the onion, sautee it with the sausage & then the broccoli and meanwhile make the plantains.

Tequila Sausage

1/2 Cup Refried Pinto Beans (or cooked pintos mashed)
2/3 Cup Broth
1/3 Cup Tequila
1 TBSP olive oil
7 cloves of garlic
2 tsp fresh sage
1 heaping tsp fennel seeds, crushed
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 heaping tsp salt
1 1/4 Cup Vital Wheat Gluetan
1/4 cup almond meal
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Prepare steaming apparatus, I use a pot of water with a bamboo steamer sitting on top. Mix the dry ingredients together and the wet ingredients together. After everything is incorporated well add the wet to the dry and knead for a minute or two. Lay a piece of foil on the work area. Place 1/2 cup of the mix in the bottom third in the middle of the foil. Roll up into link and then tie off like a tootsie roll. Place the links in the steamer for 30 minutes and then refridgerate.

Makes 4 links