Friday, March 6, 2009

M'Hadjeb Linguine Night? Would you like a plate?

So this is by far from the traditional Spaghetti or Linguine that I grew up eating. But just because it's not something we grew up with doesn't mean it isn't just as good!

This is something I make often using either Spaghetti, Linguine or Angel Hair Pastas, but usually not with M'Hajeb sauce, but a quick onion, tomato and garlic sauce I make on the spot.
I don't like canned nor jarred spaghetti sauces at all. They are full of sugar and who knows what else. Making fresh sauce isn't hard, can be done using simple ingredients and is so relaxing! Why used something bought?
Besides I don't throw away food, so many people don't have any and how can I not be thankful for the blessing I'm living in. This is a great way to utilize what is left over.

pasta of your liking
m'hajeb paste, see here for the recipe
dry or fresh parsley for the meat
fresh minced garlic for the meat and sauce, how much depends on how much you like garlic ;-)

fresh or dry basil
ground black pepper
olive oil of any kind
ground turkey, chicken, beef or lamb, or omit meat and make some fritters to eat along side your pasta, see here for a simple recipe

Add your spices and garlic to the meat and blend gently until well mixed. 

Form into balls and set aside.

Heat your skillet, dutch oven or pot until oil is sizzling hot. Place the meatballs gently in the oil and brown well and all sides.

Push the meat to the side and caramelize the garlic

After the garlic is browned a bit add the M'Hajeb paste and caramelize that as well.

Place the lid on and cook on low for about twenty minutes until all the flavors blend well and the onions, garlic and tomatoes are really soft and sweet.

Place your boiled pasta on top of the sauce.

Mix well and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
If you are using basil now is the time to add it.
The heat of the sauce will bring out all of the essential oils in the basil and will be so sweet!


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Two Weekends Ago; Lunch By The River


He to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: 
no son has He begotten, 
nor has He a partner in His dominion: 
it is He who created all things, 
and ordered them in due proportions.
Quran Surah The Criterion Ayah 2