Every few Mondays or so, we’re going to be trying new recipes and sharing some of our Sunday Suppers with you. It’s hard to find the time to try out a new recipe on a weekday night after a long day of work, but I love Sundays for new food adventures.
Honestly, I don’t really like cooking and I get easily flustered in the kitchen. So I hope you’ll bear with me on this journey to become a more confident cook.
To kick things off, I wanted to try something from Food52. Have you heard of it? It started as a blog, http://www.food52.com/, that crowd-sources the best recipes from a community on the internet. Skilled home cooks submit their recipes to compete in categories and readers vote on their favorite. This turned into the Food52 Cookbook, published in October 2011. Volume 2 is scheduled for November 2012.
I knew the recipes here would be reliable and tested by far better cooks than myself. To pick a recipe, I just went to the appropriate season, summer, and picked something that 1) looked delicious 2) didn’t require too many ingredients that I didn’t already have and 3) was worthy of a Sunday Supper, i.e., takes more time than a usual weekday meal.
Fasoolya caught my eye because I’d never heard of it before but it seemed simple enough. It’s a Jordanian stew and the entire process took about two and a half hours.
Ingredients: 1 lb ground stew beef, 1 lb green beans, 1 lb tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, rice, yogurt
Uhh, this skillet looks like it’s about to over-flow. I may have used too much water.
Husband taste test. He’s skeptical and not convinced it’ll taste any good but mostly keeps this to himself.
Success! Two hours later the liquid level in the skillet looked more normal and the meat was super tender. Per the cook Susan’s suggestion, I served with rice and a dollop of plain white yogurt. Full recipe here.
Cool stores that sell the book:
Sur La Table, various locations
Online at Jessica’s Biscuit
Whisk in Brooklyn, NY
Tabula Tua in Chicago, IL
Kitson Boutique in Los Angeles, CA
Eggshells Kitchen Co. in Little Rock, AK
What do you think? Would you try this fasoolya?