Qormeh Sabzi – even healthier!

The first Persian dish I fell in love with was Qormeh Sabzi – a vibrant green stew of herbs with kidney beans and served with or without meat.  I have posted both beef and chicken versions before.  But now that I am in Portland, we have access to local fresh greens all winter.  The kale…

Persian Shrimp with Rice

One of the main differences between the Persian Moslem diet and a Kosher diet is that Moslems eat shrimp.   So, here is a recipe for a simple shrimp and rice dish – Persian-style. My son is a shrimp fiend, it is a toss up between salmon and shrimp as to which is his favorite protein. …

Steelhead Trout with Pomegranate Salsa

I have truly fallen in love with steelhead trout.  It was hard to top my love affair with salmon, but this quintessential Pacific Northwest Fish has won me over.  But, never fear, this dish will work just as well with salmon, if that is your preference. This dish was inspired by Baked Salmon with Walnuts…

Kuku Gol Kalam- Roasted Cauliflower Frittata

Most Persian omelets, or kukus, are cooked stovetop, flipping them over to cook on both sides.  I recently saw a recipe where it was baked in the oven.  Although I like the look of the kukus cooked on both sides, I find it an annoying thing to do. So I was quite happy to try…

Chicken Machboos (Bahraini Spiced Chicken and Rice)

It is very easy to find locally raised foods here in Portland. In fact, i think it is harder to find non-local chicken than local chicken. So this national dish of Bahrain was made with some local PNW chicken. The pickled jalapeños we picked up at a farm market we stopped at during our wanderings…

Cauliflower-Spinach Frittata in a Sweet Potato Crust

Quiches are one of my favorite things to make, everyone in my family loves them.  They are typically fairly healthy, but I wanted to make an even healthier version.  So, this is a cross between a quiche and a frittata, using a sweet potato crust. And surprisingly, my son the pie-crust-lover deemed this to be…

Hazelnut Maple Syrup

We have been exploring our new home here in Portland.  This weekend we went in search of some fall color, which seems to be just starting here.  So we headed a little bit north and did what appears to be “a thing” here – we walked across the St. John’s Bridge. We did get to…