Saturday, December 6, 2008

My Kitchen My World -- Ethiopia

This week My Kitchen My World got to try some Ethiopian cuisine, thank you Elra and Lauren. I had heard quite a bit about Ethiopian food but never had any. I made an amazing bread that we all loved, Ethiopian Honey Bread Aka Yemarina Yewotet Dabo. The directions are very vague so I just went with the ingredient list and found my own way with the baking and rising, I ended up baking it for 30 minutes at 350 and it was perfect! The spices were lovely and the honey made it just a touch sweet. I was debating the coriander amount, one tablespoon of any spice seems like way too much, but I had it on hand and thought, well, what if it really makes this recipe, so I went with the whole tablespoon and was not disappointed or overwhelmed with the coriander in the finished loaf. The kids, my mom, my husband, and myself all loved this bread -- a very rare occurrence around here, since we are a house of picky eaters. I can tell that this will be a new family favorite bread.

I also made an Ethiopian lentil dish, Berbere Stew, which was delicious. I loved that it had the spice mixture for berbere since pre-blended is not something I can find around here. The only spice I was missing was fenugreek, and I hadn't heard about that since I was taking it as a supplement a year and a half ago. While I was taking it as a supplement I had no idea it was also a spice.

I really enjoy the spices and flavors of both of these recipes and can't wait to try some more Ethiopian foods! I am really close to ordering some teff flour so I can make injera which sounds like something I'd really enjoy. What a fun MKMW pick :)


Natashya said...

You bread looks great! A friend emailed me a link to a bread like that to make but I ran out of time. With your rave reviews, I shall give it a try.
Love the lentil stew, I made something like that for my daughter a while ago - which is why I had leftover berbere!
Great job on MKMW this week, looking forward to seeing where we go next week.

Elra said...

Wonderful, Andrea!
The bread look so good, I must try it one day. I am surprise that your husband like it too (kidding)!
Your lentil dish, I know its deliciousness. Because, I made it before also using berbere paste, so it is guarantee to be delish (if you like spiced food) like me!
So, I am so glad that you like the country that Lauren picked!

Lauren said...

I saw a recipe for something similar- I'm glad you tried it and that everyone liked it!

Debinhawaii said...

I made the same bread a couple years ago and really liked it--it was easy, good and delicious with butter and honey--its a great recipe.

Your lentil stew looks delicious too. Great job!

Flourchild said...

Your bread looks so tasty. Thank you so much for your kind words and you left for me and my daughter. Life is hard sometimes but you know we will get through these times! She is going to be a stronger person later in life. Im sorry she has to deal with ignorant people, but I told her it goes on your entire life. I thank GOd for nice people like you!

Anonymous said...

You are so amazing at making breads. I wish I could have your judgment about rising/baking times. You always seem to have the perfect cure.


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