The Ethiopian Feast Part 1: Kitfo and Cheese

Kitfo, often referred to as Ethiopian steak tartar, is one of my very favorite foods in the world. It was very exciting to try my hand at this very simple dish. The first thing I did was to prepare the cheese that accompanies the meat. Because the meat is so spicy and flavorful, this bland and cooling cheese provides the perfect foil when the two elements are cradled together in a piece of injera. For cheese: 1 quart of buttermilk (I used low fat, because I do try...), cheese cloth and a bit of quark (or yogurt if you have that already), salt I poured the buttermilk into a large pan and kept … [Read more...]

The Making of an Ethiopian Feast: Shopping at Zuma

I used to live just down the street from Zuma, but I had never been there. The non-descript store front failed to call me in, and I knew where to get good Ethiopian food, and was just as happy to drive across town for it. But as I prepared to cook my Ethiopian feast, the fact that Zuma claimed to be a grocery store as well as a restaurant turned out to serve me well. I went in just after they opened, around 10:15 in the morning, and found the place empty except for a small child playing with his toys. There were two large fridges, one filled solely with giant ziploc bags of berebere, the … [Read more...]

Foodie Feeding Frenzy

That's right, it was a foodie feeding frenzy on tuesday night. Keren over at Savvy Savorer┬ápulled a whole group of us foodie types together and organized an amazing dinner for everyone. We gathered at Quinn's on Capitol Hill. The place was crowded and noisy and the crowd was not my scene, but Keren got us a nice little corner table upstairs and things were pleasant. On the floor it looked like there were 7 people crowded around each 2 top smooshed against the next group. It took us an hour to even get to the food because we were all so talkative! I started with a sage margarita from the … [Read more...]

Berebere Delicious Pasta Sauce

First of all: I don't like marinara. There, I said it. No, I don't like red sauce, and yes, that means on pizza, lasagna and pasta. Not even on my mozzarella sticks. A cardinal sin of foodie-ness? I'm okay with it. Just a little background on my quest for an alternative pasta sauce. And yes, I do love tomatoes. A little while ago we were out for a fantastic Ethiopian meal, and when they gave us our doggy bag, they gave us some berebere, the spice mixture, to go with. I've been wanting to use it for something for a while and hadn't found the right use, but when I spotted a friendly red bell … [Read more...]

A Thrown Together Feast

Some days dinner starts small and grows out of control, and monday was one of those days. Yet it wasn't hard work, and it was a lot of fun to put together. I rarely see my roommates A and O, so when I came home from playing tennis with B and started to cook our dinner, it was nice to see them around and I invited them to join us for dinner. I had just been planning to cut up some tuna sashimi and crab leg sashimi, but this would not have been enough for all four of us, so we went to work on our dinner.I sliced up the tuna sashimi (a find at a recent farmers market) and sliced two of the … [Read more...]