Moroccan Monday: Chickpea Balls

Kefta means ground meat, and Kefta Mkaouara is a traditional Moroccan tagine dish with meatballs and eggs in tomato sauce. We obviously didn’t cook meat and eggs today, but inspired by this dish we made chickpea balls and tomato sauce. We don’t have a tagine, so we just baked the balls in the oven and prepared the sauce on stove. We served them separately, but you can also mix them together.

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Chickpea Balls

4 dl cooked chickpeas (or 1 can)
1 small onion
1 dl chickpea flour
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tbsp chopped parsley
salt, pepper
oil for brushing

Mash the chickpeas until there are no whole chickpeas left. Use blender if you prefer smoother texture. Finely chop the onion. Mix all the ingredients together, add couple of tbsp water if it looks too dry. Form balls and put them on a baking sheet. Brush the balls with oil and bake about half an hour in 200 Celsius degrees. Serve with tomato sauce and couscous/potatoes/rise.

Tomato Sauce

2 onions
1-2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 can tomato passata or crushed tomatoes
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp pepper
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
0,5-1 tsp cayenne

Chop the onions and garlic. Put all the sauce ingredients to a saucepan and simmer at least 30 minutes. Serve with chickpea balls.

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Tomato Thursday: Croissants

In Finland croissant is called sarvi (horn) because of it’s shape. They can be flaky or more like bread rolls. They be filled with nearly anything, but ham, cheese and chocolate are probably most popular fillings.

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Tomato and Leek Croissants

filling: 
8 cm piece of leek
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp oil
3 big tomatoes
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
½ tsp sugar
salt, pepper

dough:
2 dl soy milk or other plant based milk
25 g yeast
½ tsp salt
1 dl barley flour
5,5 dl wheat flour
100 g margarine, room temperature

sesame or poppy seeds

Chop the leek and garlic. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté leek and garlic 5 minutes. Chop the tomatoes, you can also scald them before chopping if you want to. Add tomatoes herbs and sugar to the pan and continue sautéing until tomatoes are a bit mushy and there’s not much liquid left. Allow to cool a bit.

Warm the milk and add yeast and salt. Stir until dissolved. Add barley flour and 5 dl wheat flour and stir to combine. Add margarine and knead, add little more wheat flour if needed. Roll half of the dough into a circle, about 30 cm diameter. Cut into 6 sectors, or 8 if you want to make smaller croissants. Put couple of teaspoons of tomato filling on each sector and roll them starting from the wider end and shape them as croissants. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Put croissants on baking sheet and cover with a towel, allow to rise 10-20 minutes. Brush with water and sprinkle sesame or poppy seeds on top. Bake 10-15 minutes in 225 Celsius degrees.

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Tomato Thursday: Zucchini and Tomato Bake

Zucchini is popular plant in gardens, because it’s quite easy to grow and it easily produces lots of squashes. Sometimes it produces them too much. Here’s a tip for those who grow zucchini in their backyard and don’t know what to do with all of them. And of course for everyone else who loves zucchini.

The recipe is enough for 2-3 people, but it’s easy to make a bigger batch. Just take a bigger dish and use more zucchini and tomatoes.

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Zucchini and Tomato Bake

1 zucchini
2-3 tomatoes
salt, pepper
herbs (we used basil and oregano)
1 tbsp olive oil

Slice zucchini and tomatoes. Grease an oven proof dish and put a layer of zucchini on the bottom. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs. Add a layer of tomatoes. Continue until all zucchini and tomato slices are in the dish. Drizzle the oil on top. Cover and bake in 200 Celsius degrees 30-45 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Remove the lid in the end of the baking if it looks like there’s too much liquid in the dish.

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Moroccan Monday: Salad

Another recipe from Roderick Dixon’s Afrikkalainen keittokirja (African Cookbook). I’m not 100% sure, but I think it has been only available in Finnish and now it’s sold out. Lentils make this salad a protein rich side dish, and tomatoes, lemon juice and cilantro bring nice freshness to the salad. You can make this salad several hours in advance, because it just gets better if you let it sit in the fridge.

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Moroccan Lentil Salad

2 dl lentils
water
2-3 tomatoes, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp paprika
3 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp chopped cilantro

Boil the lentils until soft. Drain. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve.

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Tomato Thursday: Quiche

In my lacto-ovo days I used to make a cheesy tomato and basil quiche. It was great, but I had never thought about veganizing it, I had kind of forgotten it even existed. But basil plants growing on our window sill reminded me of it, and I decided to try to make a vegan version. I used basic crust recipe and filled the quiche with Tofutti cream cheese and fresh basil and tomatoes. And here’s the result:


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The original quiche had grated cheese on top, but I omitted it in this vegan version. If you want to make extra cheesy quiche, add some melting vegan cheese on top.

Basil and Tomato Quiche

crust:
100 g margarine
1 dl whole wheat flour
2 dl wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp water

filling:
1 tub Tofutti cream cheese
2 tbsp plain soy yogurt (or soy milk or cream)
fresh basil leaves
3-4 tomatoes
salt, pepper

Preheat the oven to 225 Celsius degrees. Crumble the margarine, both flours and baking powder in a bowl. Add a little water to form a dough. Grease a pie dish and spread the dough in it. Bake 8-10 minutes.

Whisk Tofutti and soy yogurt until soft and easily spreadable. Spread on prebaked crust. Cover cheese with fresh basil leaves and sprinkle some salt and pepper. Put a layer of tomato slices on top. Bake until it’s ready. Unfortunately I can’t tell you the correct time, because I didn’t check the time while baking. Besides, I baked my quiche a little too long.

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Nicaraguan Cabbage Salad

We found this recipe and decided to try it. It was quite basic cabbage salad, but more vinegary than I’ve made before. We refrigerated the leftovers and had them for lunch next day, and the flavour of chili pepper had grown much stronger. Keep that in mind if you prefer milder chili taste and want to make the salad hours before serving.

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Ensalada Repollo

500 g cabbage
1 carrot
1 l boiling water
2 tomatoes
1 red onion
1 dl white vinegar
1 dl water
1 jalapeño, serrano or lemon drop chili pepper
salt

Shred the cabbage. Peel and coarsely grate the carrot. Put them in a bowl, add boiling water and let sit 5 minutes. Drain well and squeeze out excess water. Chop the tomatoes and onion. Finely chop the chili pepper Combine all the ingredients and allow to marinade an hour or two. Serve chilled.

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Middle Eastern Bean Salad

Balela is a salad made with chickpeas, black beans, tomatoes and parsley. You can serve it with good bread, as a side dish or as part of mezze table. Unfortunately our available options today were dried parsley or fresh basil, no fresh parsley. I decided to go with the basil. Not a bad choice, even though parsley would definitely taste more authentic.

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Balela with Basil

4 dl cooked chickpeas
4 dl cooked black beans
2 big tomatoes
1 red onion
1 small garlic clove
1,5 dl chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
4 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
salt, pepper

Chop the tomatoes. Peel and chop the onion. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Marinade at least half an hour before serving, or refrigerate over night.

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