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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Almond Stuffed Dates, Baba Ghanoush and Grilled Pineapple Salsa on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

This morning I had the pleasure of presenting three dishes on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host, Ismaila Alfa.  The first, traditionally to break fast at Ramadan, was stuffed Dates.

Beautiful Stuffed dates are available now at Herat Foods on Pembina and Halal Meats and Specialty Foods on Maryland.

They are so simple to prepare:

Blanch almonds if they have the skin on and peel the skin off.  Poke out the pit of the date, stuff with 1-2 blanched almonds.  Serve.  Optional to drizzle a bit of tahini mixed with honey over the dates.

Baba Ghanoush

1 globe eggplant, pricked and baked until very soft
1 green pepper, seeded and diced
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup tahini (really good tahini at Herat Foods on Pembina)
juice of one lime
salt, to taste
1/4 cup yoghurt

Puree all ingredients in food processor or blender.  It will seem very loose.  Refrigerate.  Serve with olives, harissa, olive oil, etc.  Enjoy!

 Grilled Pineapple Salsa

1 pineapple, cored then grilled, then chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, roasted whole over grill then chopped
1 ear corn, roasted or 1 cup pan fried
1/2 cup cooked black beans
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground chipotle peppers
1/2 cup chopped or pureed tomatoes
salt, to taste
2 tbs brown sugar
2-4 tbs vinegar
drizzle olive oil
3 tbs fresh chopped mint

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Refrigerate and enjoy with tortillas or in your favourite dish.  Try with fish tacos.  Excellent local corn tortillas are available at Dino's Grocery Mart on Notre Dame.