Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ghirardelli Cherry Tango Chocolate Bar

New find for the sweet tooth: Ghirardelli Cherry Tango Chocolate Bar. My tastes must be changing, but my sweet tooth must be shrinking. I haven't been craving sweets. We went to Chicago for a weekend recently and I passed up dessert at every meal. So not like me. I do enjoy my desserts when I'm out. That said after dinner, I do enjoy a bit of chocolate. I'm always looking to try new combinations of chocolate. I walked over to my local Walgreens to buy batteries for my kitchen timer and came across Ghirardelli Cherry Tango Chocolate Bar. I do enjoy cherry, almond, and dark chocolate so why wouldn't they taste good together? Yum. They taste amazing together. What a great combo of flavors!

I look forward to enjoying a piece after dinner as my treat. What's your favorite after dinner sweet treat?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Baba Ghanoush

It is early November and my garden is still producing. Hard to believe, but it is true. And if we don't get a frost any time soon then more will be harvested. Recently, I picked two eggplants and a handful of sweet mini-peppers.

What to do with them? Make Baba Ghanoush that's what! At least with the eggplant anyway. If you are a regular reader of this blog you know my love of Mediterranean food especially Turkish. When you love Mediterranean food, but the closest place to have Mediterranean is over an hour away, you learn how to make it yourself. Or lose your mind to cravings. Not a good option.

I use a basic recipe for Baba Ghanoush and then make it my own. In other words, it changes every time I make it. Always good just different each time. Same goes for my hummus.

Basic Baba Ghanoush is just:
- eggplants
- olive oil
- roasted tahini
- garlic cloves
- ground cumin
- lemon juice
- salt and cayenne pepper

You roast the eggplants and let them cool. Scoop the meat out and mash it then add all the ingredients. Combining them until smooth. That's it!

I served the Baba Ghanoush with beef Kafka Kebab, hummus, pita, and salad for a wonderful meal.