A RECENT ASSORTMENT of Vegetable and near-Vegetable dishes made at a high altitude. Don't let anyone tell you that there is no difference in the cooking style. You need to cook everything with lots more liquid. Here are the platters:
IMAM BAYALDI otherwise known as the Imam Fainted...
An eggplant dish with onions, tomatoes and raisins, slowly braised in a covered pan with plenty of olive oil. Decorate with fennel fronds.
STEAMED GREENS (KALE AND SWISS CHARD fresh from the garden)
in a Lemon Vinaigrette with Zucchini that were steamed whole.
Some tomato flesh on top.
STUFFED PEPPERS fresh from the garden.
(Yes, they grow that way...complete with the stuffing...not...)
Stuffed with rice and ground beef, pine nuts with who-knows-what and then some...
The sauce is made from whole plum tomatoes put into the food processor and
some Pomegranate Molasses added. Cook in a covered pot with plenty of liquid.
Whole pomegranate seeds, orange zest and mint tossed on top.