Monday, November 14, 2011

Cousins for Dinner Nov. 13th 2011

Mather Street, OAKLAND.
(yes, our cousins are that edible)

Rumeli, Steve, Alanya, Noni, Paola
              Rumeli, Cyrus, Sandriz, Danny-Jamal, Heather, Noni

The rest of the group (MorMor, Marco, Selim & Naveed) should be pictured below, eventually and inshallah..

•Hoplamazian Eggplant Meza  (recipe below)

Roasted Carrots and Turnips with Sage and Rosemary (recipe to be below)
Green Salad with red onion, parsley & lemon infused olive oil
Presnac (Serbian Eggie Cheesie) (recipe below)
Alanya's roasted Kale Chips
Sweet potato and chocolate chip cake made by Alanya with
Banana Ice cream, Chocolate Ice cream.
A nip of Limoncello straight from the freezer, via Napoli.

the Hoplamazians' Eggplant Meza 
Chef's Happy Cap Award for sure!

1 Bayleaf  (I forgot)
1 Eggplant 1 peeled (I didn’t) and cubed.
1 clove garlic
½  cup olive oil 
1 Onion , chopped fine. 
1 Green pepper (or red) chopped 
1 TB Flat Parsley chopped 
Chopped tomatoes 1 Lb (I used a 26 oz can) 
2 tsp Sugar 
Salt pepper
                                           Serve at room temperature

Alanya's Roasted Chard  (in foto above)

 devein the chard.  Toss the leaves with olive oil and garlic salt (sesame seeds are good, too).  Roast at 400 till crisp.

Roasted Carrots and Turnips with Sage or Rosemary
I used Rosemary for this dinner
But Sage when I made this in Chicago)

Cut the carrots and Parsnips into fattish lengths, but leave on the skins. 

Toss with olive oil, a squeeze of honey, fresh Rosemary (or sage )and parsley if you have some. (I cut fresh herbs with scissors... too easy!)  

Line your baking sheet with foil or parchment.

Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes, but check.  They should look roasted...  a bit brown and caramelized.  Usually they carmelize on the underside, so turn them to give both sides a chance.

  Serve hot, cool or tomorrow.

[[below they are, served another time, topped with fresh more, whole sage leaves crisped in olive oil.  On the plate, too: herby green salad and tomatoes.]]

Presnac (Serbian Eggie-Cheesie)

Presnac is better than Prosac and is our family stand-by for elegant breakfasts, big picnics and comfort food.  

It can be made on the spot or prepared ahead and baked later.

We know of no-one who doesn't love this unconditionally

1 stick butter, cubed
3/4 lb. Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
6 eggs
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 tsp. baking powder
1 lb. cottage cheese… regular or low fat, but not non fat. I mean, really..
1/2 c. flour
Salt & pepper

Butter the pan.  Then layer with large chunks of butter and cubes of Jack cheese.

If you don't have a strong blender, add the cream cheese in chunks after the Mozzarella.  I did this, when I made this again in Chicago:

Otherwise In a processesor or vegimax thing, in however many batches as needed, mix
Eggs,( cream cheese if you haven't put it in the pan already), cottage cheese, baking powder, flour, salt and pepper.
As long as each batch is liquid-y, the proportions in the batches are not important.  They will mix together if you pour the second batch evenly over the first.
Pour the mixture over the butter+cheese layer.   (Let sit if you want… even over night)
Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown.

Alanya's Kale Chips


Kale, any kind
Olive oil
Salt or seasoned salt

Devein the Kale and tear leaves into large pieces
Wash and spin or towel dry
Lay on cookie sheet in a single layer
drizzle with olive oil
sprinkle with salt
Mix a bit with your hands to spread the oil around

Bake at 450 for about 5-10 minutes.  
Raw                       Roasted
 Watch. They should turn bright green, and then get darker, purpler on the edges.  Without the dark edges, they won't be crisp.


Once crisped, they can last all day.

 Cyrus at the "bar", dishing out ice cream.  Note the personally imported Limoncello...

What was going on while the adults were eating...

The living room was designated as a "NO GIRLS" zone
..not that we have any girls

 Naveed and Selim

 Naveed                                        Alanya and Selim

                                                          Steve and Dreese
Mikej + Dreese  (add your own caption!)




  1. What a wonderful and helpful blog! Thank you!

  2. Thank you! Alas, it's been left on the back burner for quite awhile, but who knows?