Casseroles

Baked Vegan Kibbeh

A few weeks ago I was trying my recipe for baked kipes (baked kibbeh) and had my yoga friends and Ilana's son try them. The reviews couldn't have been better. Unfortunately Ilana couldn't try it (she follows a meatless diet), and I had just one bite (I prefer not to eat meat, but taste some ...

Baked Kipe (Kibbeh)

Nearly two centuries ago a wave of immigrants from the former Ottoman Empire found its way to America (the continent), fleeing persecution and economic hardship. With them they brought bits and pieces of the rich cuisines from a territory that surrounded most of the Mediterranean, and the Red and Black seas.Kipe / quipe, as we Dominicans ...

Celeriac, spinach and cheese casserole

My hate of summer is abundantly documented in our blog.OK, hate might be too strong a word, dislike is more like it. I don't function well in the sweltering heat and humidity we are subjected to for a couple of months in my corner of the world, and I spend all summers  making up dishes ...

Kale, spinach and sweet corn savory cornbread

Have I told you about my newest obsession? No?Well, since you insist...For the last few months a group of friends and I meet in our terrace to do "power yoga" with a friend trainer. This is not my first time, nor is it for the other participants, but in my case the last time I ...

Caramelized onion tart

Let me tell you a story of friendship and the internet, while we share a slice of this rustic caramelized onion tart with cheese crust. For the story of how I came to share it with you has more to do with the internet than you can imagine.Back in the early 90s I got connected ...

Potato, zucchini and cheese tortilla

This week we were hit by a tropical storm. Luckily, besides having been rained in and on for four days, nothing else happened.The good side of it is that the temperature dropped low enough that I could use my oven without the whole place feeling like midday in the Sahara.Another side effect of heavy rains ...

Spaghetti, tomato and 3-cheese pie

Did you hear that Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic? No?OK, good, let me brag about it.Baseball is the sport in the Dominican Republic. Not to say that other sports are not played and followed; they are. Basketball, volleybal and others have good following and loyal fanatics, but baseball rules king. As a comparison, ...

Day-old bread and cheese casserole

I finished cooking, served lunch, and my husband had a first taste of a dish I was cooking for the first time. My dear spousal unit is my usual test subject, and he knows to be honest. This is no time to lovingly lie to protect my feelings. My readers count on him.- "It tastes ...

Pastelón de arroz (Rice casserole)

A few years back, as part of an advertisement campaign, a certain local company had a funny commercial in which a newlywed husband called his wife on his way home to ask what she was cooking for supper. We never see the wife, but the husband gleefully repeats what she says:- "Pastelón de arroz?!"The following ...

Festive potato casserole

Like it happens every year, vendors round the world trip over each other trying to beat the rest in the Earliest Christmas Display Competition. Round here Christmasy things were on display on September. Don't believe me?Not to be left behind (too much) we start adding festive (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Festivus, etc) recipes starting now.If you can't ...

Cauliflower and carrots gratin

My husband and I spent our first years together, more than a decade and a half ago, wandering the country. For me sometimes revisiting places I had been to, for him learning what this land of ours has to offer: From pristine white sand beaches to the highest mountains in the region, from tropical deserts to ...

Pastelon berenjenas y queso (eggplant and cheese casserole)

First of all, what sort of vegetarian are you? What the airlines describe as 'lacto'? 'Lacto-ovo'? These curious categories have long been obsolete everywhere except airline ticketing codes. They mean vegetarians who eat dairy products and vegetarians who eat dairy products and eggs. Are you a fishetarian? That means a vegetarian who eats seafood (my definition). ...

Christmas vegan eggplants

Years ago I shared with our readers the story of how I went from carnivorous to vegan some time during my early 20s. Many a sun has set and risen from that time, and my dietary preferences have changed too. I have gone from carnivorous to vegan, from there I lapsed into vegetarianism, and today I call ...

Polenta and mushroom casserole

Sometimes an idea comes to me, it obsesses me, and although I have no clue how to make what I envision I can still feel, see or taste the result I want.This polenta and mushroom casserole is one of those ideas.Remember that cornmeal and beef casserole that I shared with you some time ago? Well, it ...

Pastelón de harina de maiz (Corn flour casserole)

"Is it because you don't love me anymore?" Ah, my husband, always so funny.About a decade and a half ago I was trying to find my culinary style. For the first time in my life I was in charge of cooking for someone else, and that someone else turned out to be somebody from a ...

Pastelón de espaguetis (Spaghetti Casserole)

In 2003 as part of a Slow Food Dominican convivium  I attended an international conference in Naples, Italy. My husband and I decided to part with the rest of the delegation and spend a few weeks exploring Italy. This trip was without doubts one of the highlights of my life. The "why" is self-evident.Armed with a crummy 3mp ...

Lasagna de berenjenas (Beef and eggplants casserole)

Allow me to invite you to try this beef and eggplant carb-free "lasagna" casserole.But first I will tell you about my experiences in adjusting to Dominican customs and etiquette surrounding food and eating and how it has become a theme – and possibly also a standing joke - in some of our posts here.One such lesson that ...

Pastelón de papas (Potato and beef casserole)

When I first moved to the Dominican Republic I stayed with my future mother-in-law for a couple of months. Although I had visited the country several times before and eaten Dominican food at friends' houses, comedores and restaurants, this was my first real immersion in a traditional Dominican household. As a vegetarian I ate more ...

Pastelón de yuca (Cassava Casserole)

Why spend money on losing weight when it's mainly a question of common sense? Diets are a relatively new phenomenon, unless you count the biblical “milk and honey”, “bread and fishes” or the Roman “wine, women and song” as diets.The compulsion to go on a diet is relatively recent, because not so long ago being ...

Pastelón de plátanos amarillos (Ripe plantains casserole)

Dominicans love their pastelón de plátano maduro (ripe plantains casserole), which is ironic, because apart from politicians, in this country there is nothing that is more maligned than the plantain.It’s accused, no less, of being partly responsible for our island’s rampant underdevelopment. It is said to block the brain and stop intelligence from flowing, according to ...