Trying New Recipes
|Raw carrot salad with dates and almonds. (Recipe here)
Steamed Brussels sprouts: to be cooled & tossed with parmesan
and pecorino cheese
and dried fruits and nuts. Recipe from combined sources online.
Aloo Gobi: the “dry” version without tomato sauce.
A classic made with cauliflower, potatoes, and Indian spices.
|Squash made from a recipe in my Ethiopian cookbook.
Red beans to go with brown rice. A vegetarian version of the
I started with a recipe, but used canned beans and smoked paprika in place of
ingredients suggested (source).
|Dressing: kefir, mayonnaise, chopped green onion, crushed garlic, dill, fines herbes, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper
Veggies: fresh green bean, frozen peas, and to be added: leaf lettuce
|Shakshouka: the tomato sauce is simmering, the eggs ready to be poached.
Artichokes waiting to be steamed and eaten with melted butter.
Small Campari tomatoes are a winter treat!
Salmon patties, which I made from frozen salmon filets.
My mother's recipe, but she used canned salmon.
|Len made a few batches of bread.
Outside my Kitchen
|On my week of travel in March: I watched this vendor making tortillas on a tortilla press at the Charlottesville Art Park.
Food Thoughts about the War Zone
|Bread distribution in a subway station in Kharkiv. (source: UN)
One of many brutal Russian actions was killing people in a bread line.
|World Central Kitchen operating in Poland in March.
"MHP, the sixth-largest poultry exporter in the world and said to be the biggest food company still operating in Ukraine, is giving away as many as 330 tons of chicken every day to feed thousands of civilians in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Mariupol under attack by Russian forces led by President Vladimir Putin. The courage comes in getting the food safely to destinations, bypassing blown-up bridges, maneuvering checkpoints, avoiding bombed-out terrain—and death. There’s no telling how many Ukrainians are living in desperate circumstances, without heat or sustenance, but reports of apartment buildings and hospitals ablaze in residential neighborhoods are frequent."
“'It’s a humanitarian crisis,' said John Rich, chair of MHP, an Australian who’s running the company from safer ground in Slovenia. 'People in bombed-out areas have no access to anything.'
"Thousands of drivers in Ukraine are embarking on what Rich called suicide missions to bring vans full of chicken to people who’ve gone days without food. Many of the drivers are new employees who turned to MHP after the closing of other companies, including MHP’s competitors.” (Source: Forbes)
This particular producer is currently struggling to maintain production in the agricultural areas of Ukraine, where the invasion has not destroyed the infrastructure. The spring planting season begins now, and they are trying to establish a way to keep going, and to continue exporting food, despite the war. Details about their struggles give some insight into how the war is affecting the areas outside Ukrainian cities. (Source: Bloomberg)
The disruption of Ukrainian agriculture is a looming threat to global food supplies, as Ukraine is a major international agricultural supplier; however the immediate threat of hunger and even starvation is an unthinkable part of the life of large numbers of people in Ukraine right now, and my kitchen thoughts turn to them.
|Ukrainian grain-processing plant as photographed last year. (source)
Blog post © 2022 mae sander.