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Za’atar Bloody Mary

Za’atar Bloody Mary

Halloween is near! So it is only natural that the ‘T’ who shares their date of birth with this holiday posts a cocktail to celebrate. It’s true, Halloween is not only a sweet celebration because of the candy, but it is also the day that I, the sweet eldest ‘T’ of the three was born. Not being a big cocktail drinker myself, I have reverted back to a classic that my tomato-lovin’ self used to enjoy even in its virgin form as a kid – The Bloody Mary! There was something about the spicy tomato juice followed by a bite of celery that was just so refreshing. For me, the best part was that it was a drink that my Baba also enjoyed. So when he would order a Bloody Mary at a weekend brunch, I felt “oh, so cool” asking for the same (but virgin, of course).

It’s been many Halloween birthdays since I have been legally able to enjoy a regular Bloody Mary and I’ve sampled my fair share over the years. But for this one, we’ve added a Three Teas Kitchen twist with the addition of harissa, Za’atar, smoked salt, and turshi. The combo provides a complex layer of delicious flavors that awakens the senses. And the best part? It has been taste-tested and approved by Baba. So you know that it’s good! Start your Halloween Saturday morning with this bloody treat and it will surely be a wicked one. Happy Halloween!

Za’atar Bloody Mary

Course Cocktail
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp smoked sea salt
  • 2 tsp za'atar
  • 1/2 tsp moroccan harissa
  • 1/4 cup vodka (good quality) e.g. Kettle One or Grey Goose
  • 11.5 fl oz V8

Instructions
 

  • In a pitcher, add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, smoked sea salt, za'atar, V8, Moroccan harissa and vodka
  • stir the mixture and refrigerate for at least an hour
  • when ready to serve, stir mixture again and pour in a glass over a couple of cubes of ice (not too much ice or it will dilute the drink).
  • add a celery stick and some turshi for garnish

Notes

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Early Fall Farmers Market Salad

Early Fall Farmers Market Salad

I love September for multiple reasons: it’s my birthday month, the Chicago weather becomes beautifully crisp, apple picking season, and cinnamon becomes the dominant flavor in every coffee and dessert. We love this early fall summer salad that showcases great farmers market finds. Of course, I had to add a bit of cinnamon to give it that extra taste of fall! This salad is for sure going to give you the fall feels (if you haven’t gotten them already). So, enjoy the weather, head to your farmers market, and dive into this crunchy, homey salad.

We also use pomegranate seeds in this recipe! Check out this tutorial from Food&Wine on how to remove seeds from a pomegranate!

Early Fall Farmers Market Salad

Prep Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large orange

Salad

  • 6 cups arugula (about 10 oz)
  • 1/2 pomegranate
  • 4 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 6 figs
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese
  • 6 slices prosciutto

Instructions
 

Salad

  • Roast hazelnuts: Set oven to 350F. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet without having any overlap. Toast for 12 minutes. Allow to cool. To remove skins, place in a tea towel and gently rub hazelnuts.
  • Remove any long stems from arugula and wash leaves (best to use a salad spinner!)
  • Remove pomegranate seeds from half of the pomegranate. Check the above link on the best way to remove pomegranate seeds!
  • Remove fig stems and cut figs into quarters. You can also slice figs as well, but you can choose your preference.
  • Remove apple core and slice pieces for your salad.
  • In a large bowl, combine arugula, pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, sliced figs, and sliced apples.
  • Crumble blue cheese with salad and add sliced prosciutto

Dressing

  • Juice one large orange for dressing base
  • In a small bowl or cup, whisk freshly squeezed orange juice, cinnamon, honey, olive oil, white vinegar, black pepper (to taste), and salt
  • Add dressing to salad and toss! Enjoy!
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Sumac and Grilled Onion Focaccia

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Mujadara

Mujadara

Mujadara is definitely a comfort food. Who would have thought the words comfort food and vegan could enter the same sentence, but mujadara achieves this mighty feat. Lentils and rice are simmered together, and then and have bits of caramelized onions throughout…and a lil’ garnish of crispy onions on top. Let’s just say its a happy marriage of flavors, and is hearty and nutritious to boot.

Making this dish is not difficult. It just helps to get the timing down. You start by cooking the lentils first, then adding the rice to the pot shortly after. In a separate pan you caramelize some onions and add it to the lentils and rice. Last, but not least, you light fry up some onions for garnish. It kinda perfection, no? You got a beautiful dish sitting before you, with just some pantry ingredients. I’m here for it.

That’s why when I wanted to confirm with my mom some of the proportions she uses in this recipe at 7am in the morning, I found her suddenly with the ingredients in her hands, pot on the stove and making it. Soon enough, the dish was made, recipe was verified, and I got to eat mujadara for breakfast. Although a tad nontraditional, I’d call that a win.

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Mujadara

Lentils and rice are cooked together, and studded with caramelized onions throughout. It's delicious and nutritious. Both meat and plant based eaters will be fans of this dish!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cup green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 cups water or unsalted broth*
  • 2 medium sized yellow, onions diced
  • 1 medium sized yellow onion, cut into a thin half moon shape
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp pepper (optional)

Instructions
 

  • To a medium/large sized pot, add water, salt, lentils and 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Put heat on high and bring to a boil.
  • Once the pot comes to a boil, lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • After the lentil pot has cooked for 15 minutes add rice and cover. Cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan pan, on medium heat, heat 3 tbsp of olive oil. Add 2 medium chopped onions, and cook until golden in color (slightly caramelized).
  • Mix cooked onion and pepper (if using into rice and cook on low for another 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in the saucepan, on medium-high heat, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and cook onion strips until slightly browned and a little crisped. Garnish on top of rice and enjoy!

Notes

Three Teas Tips
*You can use salted broth, but will likely need to adjust the salt down to taste
Keyword lentils, olive oil, onions, rice, vegan, vegetarian
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