Cooking on a Budget,  Housemade

I’m back… with Muhammara!

It’s been WAY TOO LONG since I’ve posted… My husband and I have moved into our new house over a month ago, but we are still waiting (impatiently) for our internet service to be hooked up. I’m on a break at work, and decided that I just HAD to break the silence on here. I have been taking photos non-stop in our new kitchen, which has beautiful light by the way, so I’ve got a little arsenal stored up for when the net is finally accessible from home. I just haven’t had time to post at work either, since the kids are back at school and we teachers have an all-new schedule.

A side note – without internet access at home, my Google Reader is just stacking up. I just noticed that I have 12 unread posts from my favorite blogger, I’m Mad and I Eat – that is just not right! I need to catch up and right away.

I came across this photo in my “to post” folder – it’s a little flashback to our old apartment. I remember having to bring my lovely dishes of food out of the dark kitchen into the living room/dining room just to get decent lighting. I don’t miss that. =)

Anyway, this is a little dish of muhammara – a Syrian dip made with red peppers, walnuts, breadcrumbs, and olive oil. It’s usually used as a dip or spread for bread.

My little version has almonds instead of walnuts. I added fresh garlic, a little fresh parsley, and a splash of lemon juice before blending. I seasoned with salt and pepper, and enjoyed it with wedges of herb and garlic wraps. We had a heck of a time trying to find pitas at our local grocery store, so we’ve been filling the pita role with wraps for a couple months now.

My muhammara was packed with flavor – savory, rich, and silky. I think it’s time for lunch…

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