Friday, February 15, 2008

The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen

chickpeas with parsley tahini sauce

We went book shopping with Mason's parents a few days ago, and I found a used copy of The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. We are both obsessed with Mediterranean food, so I decided to try a few of the recipes last night for our Valentine's Day dinner. The above photo is the ridiculously easy Chickpeas with Parsley-Tahini Sauce. It was really great on the crusty bread that Mason brought home from work.

baked onions, italian style

The Baked Onions, Italian Style were also really simple and delicious. We toasted the bread, rubbed it with garlic and scooped the tomatoes, onions and chickpeas onto each bite.

tomatoes and olive oil

We haven't had tomatoes since August. I usually don't bother because they are always completely tasteless this time of the year, but Mason found some nice tasting (pricey) hothouse tomatoes just for tonight. I could eat nothing but tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and bread for the rest of my life.

roasted yellow pepper sauce

This pasta sauce was meant to be a dip (from some random site I found searching for a pepper spread), but ended up way too thin for dipping.


And a boring salad. Of course, we didn't eat all of this. We had it for a late lunch and a snacky dinner, but we still have a ton leftover for lunch today.


Bijoux said...

Your food looks delicious. I agree - Mediterranean food is awesome. Have you ever tried Persian food? There is a Persian dip called "zeitoon parvardeh" aka vegetarian caviar – a tapenade of green olives marinated in a pomegranate walnut sauce with a generous amount of fresh garlic.
This dip is scooped up with warm pieces of pita bread. Sorry but I don't have a recipe for it...I'm sure you can find one online.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Everything looks so bright and delicious and healthy! I need to open up med. kitchen... it's on my shelf and underused!

meg said...

bijoux: That sounds like something that Mason would go crazy over! I'll definitely search for a recipe. I just copied a ton of his mother's Lebanese recipes to try, too.

vegan_noodle: I have so many bookmarks in that book right now! It will probably take me months to try everything that I want. I have an underused copy of Vegan Italiano that I'm hoping will get some action this summer with all of the great farmer's market produce.