Good recipes to share with friends.
I hope your life isn’t hum-drum, but on the off chance that it is then here’s something that will liven it up. Even if your life is the opposite of hum-drum, this recipe is still 105% guaranteed to increase your level of excitement. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
I’ve loved Muhammara ever since going to a lovely Mediterranean restaurant in Calgary called Aida’s. They use a phenomenal recipe and the result is all too easy to scarf down in seconds. Until recently, it had never occurred to me that I could create this lovely dish of Syrian origin. However, I recently picked up a dozen red peppers and found myself agonizing over what to do with so many (they were on a good sale, okay). That’s when the lightning struck!
There are plenty of recipes on the internet for muhammara, but my browser insists on crashing every time I try to search for it. The number of times I’ve experienced this inconvenience almost convinces me that “muhammara” is a code word for something, similar to the word “sesame”. Maybe it opens up the mind of the internet to reveal an answer to the last question. I assure anyone who may be concerned about me disappearing after seeing the end of time, that all I really want is to enjoy the red pepper and bring you more recipes, so I’ll do my best to stay with you.
Every time I do something with red pepper I become more convinced of it’s awesomeness. I’d love to find or create a dessert that uses roasted red pepper. With a quick search on the internet I found a Sweet Red Pepper Tart. It looks interesting and, well, chancy. I’m up for it though. I’ll put my thinking cap on, trust my “gut” feelings, and see what happens. This sounds exciting. I’ll report back in later episodes of the Potluck Kitchen’s Adventures in Crazy Tastes, which doesn’t exist yet but this may be an excuse to start.
Speaking of crazy things, and in a vein somewhat in line with this Syrian dish, I present a song by The Gaslamp Killer and a video by HYPERBALLAD. As you’ll see, the video features whirling Dervishes, which aren’t particular to Syria but originate from Turkey (where Gaslamp Killer has some ancestry, too). Anyway, they have muhammara in Turkey and Dervishes in Syria and this song and monochromatic video are absolutely stunning:
A Little Joy for Muhammara-drum Lives
Adapted from The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen
Roasted Red Pepper
If you don’t have time to roast red peppers buy a jar of roasted red pepper.