Yesterday was a glorious day to sit outside under the gazebo and drink a cup of tea and enjoy nature. Of course, I couldn't sit without my latest project. It's a large needlepoint scene that I purchased with 96 skeins of yarn. I soon found out that 96 skeins of tapestry yarn is way too much but at least I'll have some leftover for another time.
I wanted to fix something fast and easy for lunch so I made my husband a bowl of foul medammes or as you may know them as fava beans. Foul (pronounced fool) is an iconic food of Egypt; probably Egypt's first fast food. It can be eaten many ways; in a bowl with seasoned sauce, as a sandwich in pita bread with fresh chopped salad and tahini sauce, or ground and made into taamia as it's called in Egypt or more commonly known as falafel.
In the old days, I would buy the fava beans in bulk and cook them in my slow cooker. Of course times have changed and now you can find them already cooked in cans, ready to be heated and seasoned to your liking. The dried beans shown above are the large fava beans. The large beans can also be bought without the skins and these type of beans are used for taamia (falafel) or a wonderful dish called bisara. Bisara is a popular dish during the lenten fast as it consists of pureed fava beans mixed with molokhia and seasoned with garlic.
Today I was trying out a new crochet pattern when it dawned on me that maybe I should fix my dear husband some lunch. I had two frozen Boca burgers (vegan burgers) in the freezer which I browned in a skillet. I took two frozen puff pastry squares from the freezer and let them thaw. I them placed the puff pastry on a greased baking sheet, added a little mix of mayonaise and dijon mustand in the middle of each pastry, and then placed the Boca burger on top. I turned up the ends and added some cheese to my husband's burger. I baked them at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until nicely puffed and browned. I added some sauted onions (with a little Worchestire sauce as flavor) to the top and served them. Voila! A easy lunch entree.
I have always wanted double ovens and now I have them in this home. I love to use my oven and I use it a lot! Unfortunately, here in SoCal, our electricity is so expensive and they monitor your use and tell you if you're using too much. So.....
I easily came up with a solution. My friend has a countertop oven that works so well so I thought I'd give it a try. This is a Hamilton Beach that can bake, broil, rotisserie and convention bake. I purchased it earlier this year from Amazon for around $70.00. It works great! And, most of all, it bakes great!
I think today is the calm before the storm...I will be babysitting my dear little grandchildren, shown above, for four days starting tomorrow. Their parents on going to NYC and of course Grandma and Grandpa are here to take over. It will be fun to have them and make more memories with them.
I hope your are having a good day. I want to say THANK YOU on this Veterans Day weekend to all our Veterans who have placed their lives in service to our country. I appreciate and applaud your service. I'd love to hear from you if you have the time. Feel free to stop by for a chat!
With my best wishes,
(PS - if you are interested in any of the recipes I wrote about above, please let me know)