Weekend Eats July 24-26

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Recipes mentioned:

Burnt Eggplant with Tahini– Cookbook: Plenty

1 large aubergine ( I used 3 small)
1/2 c tahini paste
60ml water
2 tsp pomegranate molasses ( I used balsamic)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, crushed
3 tbsp chopped parsley
3 mini cucumbers
90g cherry tomatoes
a little olive oil to finish
salt and black pepper

Burn eggplant under broiler. Peel off burnt skin, once cool enough to handle. Put in strainer and strain for about 30 minutes. Using a knife roughly chunk eggplant and add rest of ingredients in a bowl stir and finish with lemon and olive oil. Serve with bread or veggies or both!

Cauliflower Steak with Olive relish and Tomato Sauce

1 large head of cauliflower
1/2 cup pitted oil-packed black olives, finely chopped
3 sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves
2 plum tomatoes, cored, quartered


Remove leaves and trim stem end of cauliflower, leaving core intact. Place cauliflower core side down on a work surface. Using a large knife, slice cauliflower into four 1/2″ “steaks” from center of cauliflower (some florets will break loose; reserve). Finely chop enough loose florets to measure 1/2 cup. Transfer chopped florets to a small bowl and mix with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon oil, parsley, and lemon juice. Season relish with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 400°. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large heavy ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, cook cauliflower steaks until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side, adding tablespoon oil to pan between batches. Transfer steaks to a large rimmed baking sheet. Reserve skillet. Roast cauliflower until tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, return skillet to medium-high heat and add garlic cloves and tomatoes, one cut side down. Cook until tomatoes are browned; turn tomatoes over and transfer skillet to oven with cauliflower. Roast garlic and tomatoes until tender, about 12 minutes.

Transfer garlic, tomatoes, and 1/2 tablespoon oil to a blender; purée until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Divide tomato sauce among plates. Place 1 cauliflower steak on each plate; spoon relish over. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Mint- Grapefruit Granita 

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
2 cups fresh grapefruit juice (from about 3 medium grapefruits), strained
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons), strained

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, mint, and 1/2 cup water to a boil over medium-high, stirring often, until sugar dissolves, 3 to 5 minutes. In a blender, combine fruit juices and mint syrup and puree on high to combine, 30 seconds. Pour mixture into a nonreactive shallow 2-quart baking dish and freeze until solid, about 6 hours (or up to 3 days).
With a fork, break granita into large chunks. Transfer to a food processor and pulse to form small crystals. Serve immediately, with mint leaves (or cover and freeze, up to 2 hours).


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