Cumin Chicken & Rice (Morgh Zereh ba Berenj)

Talk about comfort food! And memories of my mother! Another mash-up of my husband’s and my backgrounds.  I set out to make a chicken and rice dish with a bit more flavor by adding a good bit of cumin along with turmeric, and bay leaves.  When I went to the store today, I was able…

Baklava experiment

In my quest to combine Pacific Northwest foods with Persian foods, I decided to jump into making one of the foods that has always intimidated me – baklava.  Not just any baklava, but I wanted to experiment with using hazelnuts and walnuts.  Not only that, but I decided to bring my love for orange juice-based…

Persian Rice with Cabbage and Lentils (Kalam Polo ba Adas)

Cabbage, lentils and tomato lie at the heart of vegetarian comfort food. And I do love cabbage. It gets a bad rap, but it is so versatile.  Cabbage can be stir fried, braised, stuffed, pickled, or, as I even like to munch on it, eaten raw.  And lentils, I hated lentils as a child.  They…

Sumac and Honey Hazelnuts

I found a great place to buy hazelnuts on my way to Salem.  I buy nuts in the shell; I find shelling the nuts to be a very “Zen” activity.  I typically do about 2 cups of nut meats at a time; that way not too many have been opened, so they stay fresh. I…

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…

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…

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…