Monday, December 8, 2008

Thanksgiving Menu

For a long time now my sister and I have wanted to cook Ethiopian food for Thanksgiving. We finally worked up enough gumption to tell our families we were cooking Ethiopian and if they didn't want to eat it they could starve. So why Ethiopian? My sis and her family lived in Djibouti for a few years(Djibouti is next door to Ethiopia) and ate plenty of it there--so that set the precedent. Now I've got to find an Ethiopian restaurant so I can see how we did.
So from bottom right going clockwise:

Doro Wat--spicy chicken stew with hard boiled eggs. You use a (firey!) spice paste(bere bere) made from loads of paprika, cayenne, cumin, fenugreek, coriander, garlic, red wine, red onion, etc. The eggs sound weird, but they are delicious in the stew. I told the kids the eggs were eyeballs(this "is" weirdo African food after all...gotta milk it!). Coq au vin on steroids?!

Injerra--a pancakey flat bread you use to scoop up the stew. So easy to make and yum!

Cous cous--put the stews on top

Mashed potatoes and gravy--for the faint of heart.

Alicha--a mild vegetable stew with potatoes, carrots, red onion, cabbage and green chilis.

Add in olives and lots of beverages, yum yum yum!

Of course I made four pumpkin pies for dessert--I would have been tarred and feathered if I didn't! A wonderful day spent with my sister cooking it all up at her house.


Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Thanks for posting the picture of your thanksgiving dinner. Haven't actually talked to anyone personally about it & descriptions from men aren't very good! It's a good thing you at least had the pumpkin pies!!

Elizabeth said...

Wow, sounds (and looks) terrific! Do it again next year and make sure to send me an invite.

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