A few weeks ago, I had a particularly busy weekend.
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District had its annual native plant sale on Saturday, and I picked up some new low-maintenance plants for the garden. But since I was already going to be working outside – and because the weather was so freakin’ great for February – Emily and I went up to our favorite garden center, Cistus Nursery up on Sauvie Island.
This will not be a blog about cooking machboos.
I’ve already written about machboos, and I did not much change the recipe from when I made it for Qatar last August. The only real change I made was to use chicken thighs, which somehow made an excellent dish even better.
Sometimes I screw up. And sometimes I really screw up.
Grated taro (and unrelated, Basque sidra) ready for placement in the Corningware.
This project didn’t happen by accident. Many years ago, I was scouring the interwebs for ideas for new meals, when I came across a sweet potato-and-peanut dish from West Africa. It opened my eyes to some new ways of cooking, and it was delicious.
It’s been fun to expand my spice collection – and to use what I have.
We’re all guilty of spice hoarding. Deep in the back of your spice cabinet is something you don’t use – cloves, mace, in my case, cinnamon. And then there’s the stuff you see at specialty markets, thinking you’ll find a day when you need that exotic-named, richly-colored powder you’d never heard of before.