Following up on yesterday’s post about preparing to do some Ethiopian cooking, this is all I have to say:
It. Was. Awe. Some.
Just kidding. Well, not about the awesome part. (It was awesome!) I’m kidding about the part where I said I only had that to say. Because this is me I’m talking about, and I’m not one known for, ahem, using few words. (Hey, at least I recognize this!) And, now that I have a kickin’ camera, you know there are photos as well…
So, this is the type of photo that was annoying the chef. He didn’t understand why I wanted a photo of all of the ingredients pulled together. I don’t know; I think it makes a nice set-up for the rest of the post.
A few things to note from that photo:
- Yes, that’s a lot of red onions!
- Not all of the spices are out. (That would have REALLY slowed the chef down.)
- It was impossible to find Anaheim peppers (or a good substitute, Poblano peppers), and I didn’t feel like driving all over town to look for them, so we went with canned chiles. It was fine, but next time we’ll make sure we can get some fresh peppers.
There was too much going on (and I was too busy enjoying my wine while lounging on the couch) to take photos of everything in process. But here are the final results!
We loved each and every bite of all three dishes! The flavors and aromas were wonderful. We really enjoyed tasting the chef’s fine work.
There are a couple of things we’ll modify next time:
- The doro wot recipe called for a whole chicken. As I note below, we halved the recipe, and decided to go with thighs and drumsticks. Next time we’ll just go with chicken breasts, which will be easier.
- The lentils we had were whole, and not split as the recipe called for. We’ll definitely try the split ones another time, because I think that would bring the texture more in line with what we’ve had before.
All of these recipes are from the Exotic Ethiopian Cooking book I mentioned in yesterday’s post. The recipes each said they would make about six portions, which was too much for just the two of us, so we cut them in half. And I’d say we easily still got six portions out of them. Lots of yummy leftovers this week!
Now we need to learn how to say the equivalent of “Bon appetit!” in Amharic!